Whether you’re a first time homeowner, or simply facing challenges with maintaining your home, here’s a tip that can help.

Stubborn, sticky locks can be aggravating, but using the wrong method to unstick those locks can lead to even more frustration. While spray lubricants may work well, they can be messy. They can leave a residue on the door knobs, trap dirt inside the lock, and make a greasy mess as it drips out everywhere.

A powdered graphite is a much better choice, as long as you don’t use too much at once. Just insert the tip of the container into the keyhole and gently squeeze to distribute a small amount, then use your key to work the graphite into the lock.

Powdered graphite is readily available at most hardware stores, but if you have a hard time finding any, just use a #2 pencil and liberally color both sides of your key before putting it into the lock and working it in and out. Since pencil lead is made from graphite, you should get similar results and no greasy mess!

This First Time Homeowner tip brought to you by Schlage, real security sets you free.

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Chelsea Lipford Wolf

Chelsea Lipford Wolf

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Chelsea Lipford Wolf is a renowned home improvement expert, media personality, and blogger who has made a name for herself in the world of DIY home renovation and decoration. Born and raised in the Gulf Coast region of Alabama, Chelsea developed an early passion for hands-on projects and creative design with her own original web series and blog “Checking In With Chelsea,” featuring fun décor, craft and home improvement projects.

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