ABOUT STAINLESS STEEL FINISH
Stainless steel is armed with built-in corrosion resistance but it can and will rust in certain conditions—although not as quickly or severely as conventional steels. Stainless steels corrode when exposed to damaging chemicals, saline, grease, moisture, or heat for prolonged periods of time. Stainless steels need to be cleaned for aesthetic considerations and to preserve corrosion resistance. Stainless steel is protected from corrosion by a thin layer of chromium oxide. Oxygen from the atmosphere combines with the chromium in the stainless steel to form this passive chromium oxide film that protects from further corrosion. Any contamination of the surface by dirt, or other material, hinders this passivation process and traps corrosive agents, reducing corrosion protection. Thus, some form of routine cleaning is necessary to preserve the appearance and integrity of the surface. Types of surface contaminants Dirt – Like any surface that is exposed to the environment, stainless steel can get dirty. Dirt and soil can consist of accumulated dust and a variety of contaminates that come from many sources, ranging from the wind to everyday use. These contaminates will vary greatly in their effect on appearance and corrosivity and ease of removal.
Stainless steel is easy to clean. Washing with soap or a mild detergent and warm water followed by a clean water rinse is usually quite adequate. Ordinary carbon steel brushes or steel wool should be avoided as they may leave particles embedded on the surface which can lead to RUSTING. For more aggressive cleaning, a small amount of vinegar can be added to the scouring powder. Cleaning should always be followed by rinsing in clean hot water. When water contains mineral solids, which leave water spots, it is advisable to wipe the surface completely with dry towels. Be sure to oil your lock after each cleaning, this will keep your lock looking and performing its best.
InfiniteRule Security guidelines call for regular cleaning and lubrication at least once every ninety days. After cleaning your lock (listed above), use pressurized air to get rid of any moisture or dust in the lock opening. Followed by lubricating with a DRY Lock Lubricant. This gives the lock and its components additional anti-corrosion properties while lubricating the lock and not attracting dirt like other oily lubricants. Do not use dry graphite, it can interfere with part movement. Once lubricant is applied insert key and open and close lock several times. This will distribute the oils throughout the lock components. When finished, wipe off any excess oils and allow lock to fully dry before reinstalling. In mud, snow, and other inclement weather conditions, more frequent lubrication will be necessary to keep your lock free of debris. Failure to properly lubricate your InfiniteRule Security lock, as per manufacturers instructions, will render the warranty VOID.
LOCK PIN CARE
Regularly remove and clean your Lock pins, apply a thin coating of white lithium grease. This will help prevent wear from metal on metal contact, along with helping prevent corrosion.