As winter approaches you may be thinking more about how to protect your valuables as the cold weather sets in. The winter months bring freezing weather that can damage your home and possessions. Winter is coming! So learn how to stop locks from freezing!

From car locks, lawnmowers, or windows and doors, standing water can become a problem by freezing and turning into ice. So how do you stop locks from freezing? There are several methods that you can use to protect your locks from freezing. Read our quick guide below for more ideas.

 

The WD-40 Method

You can use WD-40 Multi-Use, as one of its uses, WD-40 Multi-Use can stop locks from freezing with its unique formula. However, you must apply the formula carefully and remove it completely once the warm weather has returned.

You may know WD-40 as your go-to lubricant but it can be also used to displace water, effectively preventing water from pooling or standing on a surface. This is how it can be used to prevent car door locks from freezing in winter when there is a lot of moisture in the air that can settle inside your lock mechanisms and then freeze once the temperature drops below 0 Celsius.

So, whether your bike, door or car locks are vulnerable to freezing, once your mercury starts to drop, go grab your trusty WD-40 to use as a lock freeze spray and follow our easy guide to protecting them in cold weather.

 

How To Unfreeze Locks With WD-40

Step 1: Once you are sure that a big freeze will come, buy a can of WD-40 Multi-Use Flexible Straw System.

Step 2: Bend the applicator into the correct shape so that it can get the best reach for your lock.

Step 3: Spray a small amount into the lock mechanism. This will coat the metal components to deter moisture from gathering or pooling.

Pro tip: If you are a DIY pro and are using WD-40 to keep house door locks from freezing, you can remove the door before you apply the formula to ensure complete coverage, providing the highest degree of protection.

 

Use graphite

 Graphite can be used as a lubricant that can allow the sliding parts to move freely but it does not displace any water that has already settled inside. So, if you are using graphite to keep house door locks from freezing, then make sure that there is no water inside the lock.

 

Cover the lock with putty

 If the lock is something that you won’t use in winter like a bike lock, you can simply protect the lock by putting some putty in the entrance of the lock to prevent water from settling inside and freezing. If you are using putty to keep a bike lock from freezing, just be careful not to leave any residue in the lock.

 

Store them in a warm, dry place

 The easiest way to protect your locks would be to store them in a warm and dry place such as your garage. However, if your garage is damp and not well insulated, then freezing could also occur here so you may want to combine it with one of the methods above.

Now that your locks are winterized and ready for the colder months, put a note in your diary to un-winterize your locks when the warmer weather arrives. To do this, simply remove them and clean them thoroughly to remove any grime, dirt, and debris that could have accumulated.

So, whether your bike, door or car locks are vulnerable to freezing, once your mercury starts to drop, go grab your trusty WD-40 to use as a lock freeze spray and follow our easy guide to protecting them in cold weather.

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