It is easy for keys to get dirty. They are constantly touched and used. Often, they are kept in places which are damp and warm and this can easily lead to rusting. Thankfully, these items are quite tough and can last for a long time just with careful cleaning. Learn how to do it. The methods below work effectively and can even help you avoid key replacement due to damage.
You will do a perfect job as long as you use the right material, equipment and technique. You can clean even a transponder key provided that you keep the electronic part safe.
Use appropriate material and tool - Grease and other sticky substances are best removed with mild solvent such as mineral turpentine. Non-sticky dirt can be easily removed with baking soda, lemon juice or a paste made from mixing small amounts of the two. Cotton swabs are ideal for removing dirt from the grooves. A soft brush can also be of great use. You will certainly need a piece of soft lint-free cloth too.
Remove dirt carefully from all grooves - If you use solvent, you must follow the instructions on the bottle. Apply a small amount with a cotton swab and push it hard into the grooves so that their walls can get cleaned. If you use baking soda paste, you should fill the grooves with it and then wipe them clean with the brush. Dampen a cloth a bit and wipe the key clean to complete the job. Cleaning is certainly not has hard as key repair.
Effective Rust Removal
Keys are more likely to get rusty compared to door locks. The good news is that they are easier to clean as well.
Prepare a vinegar bath - You need to heat a small amount of vinegar in a saucepan until it gets hot. There is no need to bring it to boil.
Dip the keys for half an hour - Place them at the bottom of a bowl and pour the hot vinegar over them. Soon, you will see the rust coming off. This, however, does not mean that you should take them out earlier.
Wipe the devices clean - Use the piece of soft lint-free cloth for this. You can dampen it somewhat to get rid of the vinegar smell. If needed, use a cotton swab for removing dirt from the grooves.
Last, but not least, you should always keep these devices in safe places that are dry and cool. This can help you to avoid key lockout as well.