A home safe is an investment that can last a lifetime. A quality made safe can provide many decades of security for your personal valuables. To maximize the life of your safe, you should take steps to regularly maintain it, inside and out. This involves maintaining the functionality of the operating mechanisms, cleaning the interior and exterior of the safe, and having any problems with the locking mechanisms fixed to ensure that the safe continues to function as designed.

Most safes worth the investment should be highly resilient, but there are still a few things to consider in the way of maintenance. The overall security, of course, is the top concern for any safe owner, but with a high quality safe, you shouldn’t have to question the security of the safe. Here are some gun storage tips for safe maintenance over time to help ensure a lifetime of reliable security.


In general, you should make an effort to thoroughly clean your safe once a month. This involves removing all dust and dirt that has settled onto the exterior of the safe and along edges, cracks, handles, and locks. Use a soft, non-abrasive cloth to clean the exterior–particularly if the safe has a gloss, textured, or powdered coat finish. You want to avoid scratching the finish with any abrasive material. Consider dampening the cloth and wiping the exterior clean of dirt and dust. Don’t use metal polishes or solvents on the locks and handle. These components typically contain a coating that will prevent tarnishing, and can be damaged from exposure to solvents or metal polishes.


To ensure that the locking bolts function effectively, you should apply a small amount of grease to the front side and bottom of the bolts about once a year to prevent them from sticking and jamming. This is a minor maintenance and something that can be done at your discretion. Examine the locking bolts from time to time to assess whether they need a touch of oil to open and close smoothly.


The lock is one of the most important parts of the safe. Without a reliable lock, the safe is just a large, heavy, unsecured box. It’s a good idea to have the lock inspected and serviced, if necessary, by a certified locksmith once a year. This may not be necessary, but you should always make sure the lock is in top condition. Most quality safes come with a warranty, so understand what is covered under the warranty and ensure that the safe’s lock and other security features are in condition to perform reliably and protect your valuables.


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