Unlike oil, graphite lubricant leaves little residue, resulting in the collection of less dust and other foreign materials. The layers of graphite contain weak covalent bonds which allow them glide over one another with very little resistance, and as a result the material can be used as a dry lubricant or as a part of a lubricating oil.

These days graphite lubricant is used in a variety of household items, from air compressors to ball bearings, to locks. It is also widely used in manufacturing and agriculture sectors, the food industry, and on railway track joints, among others.