A metal gun safe is built for durability, security and strength for your guns and ammos. But keep in mind the following 10 tips for maintaining your gun safe over time. These will ensure that your gun safe will withstand years of use as a storage area for your guns.
10 Simple Tips Gun Safe Maintenance
1. Regular Monthly Cleaning
This is the most important tip for proper gun safe maintenance for various reasons. First, dust and dirt can easily build up on its surfaces (top, bottom and sides). When these aren’t removed on a regular basis, these can affect the gunsafe’s performance.
The negative effects include faster corrosion of the metal surface and rickety hinges. The dust and dirt can get into the tiny crevices, thus, the rust on them. Even the safe door can be hard to open with accumulated dirt.
Second, routine inspections can be made during the regular cleaning schedule. As you wipe the dust and dirt, your keen eyes can pick up signs of wear and tear. You can then apply the proper repair and replacement measures.
2. Use The Right Cloth
Avoid using any kind of rag on the gunsafe’s metal surface. This is true regardless of the type of finish – gloss, powder coating, or textured. The metal can easily become scratched by abrasive fabrics.
Instead, be sure to use a soft, non-abrasive cloth in cleaning the gun safe. Microfiber cloth and flannel cloth are great choices.
When wiping the dust and dirt away, you should use gentle yet firm wiping motions. Bearing down too hard on the metal surface can also result in scratches on it.
3. Use The Right Cleaning Liquids
In case of stubborn dirt and dust, you can use cleaning liquids. Your best choices are neutral mixtures, such as water and mild detergent. You must avoid using metal cleaners as these can erode the non-tarnish coating on the hinges, handle, and locking bolts.
A few tips in cleaning your gunsafe with a cleaning liquid:
- Mix the water and mild detergent in a bowl.
- List Get a clean and dry soft, non-abrasive cloth.
- Dip the cloth into the water-detergent mixture.
- Squeeze excess water.
- Wipe the metal surface with the damp cloth.
- Remove the moisture with a dry cloth. Pay close attention to the crevices and hinges.
The metal may be thick, strong and durable but it’s also susceptible to rust and corrosion. Keep it as dry as possible.
4. Oil The Hinges
The hinges and locking bolts should be oiled on a regular basis, too. Experts recommend a yearly oil application to keep them functioning well. Apply the oil on the top, bottom and sides of the hinges.
5. Check The Fire Seal
The fire seal may not demand regular maintenance. But you should still check it for signs of wear and tear, such as rips. When it’s damaged, you may have to replace it with a new one.
You can buy fire seals from the retailer or manufacturer of the gunsafe. Be sure to follow the instructions for removal and replacement for best results.
The fire seal should be in good condition for obvious reasons. In case of a fire, your guns will be relatively safe from its effects, thanks to the fire seal.
6. Fix The Damage on The Surfaces
Even with its durable metal, your gun safe can still have scratches and chipped paint. You may want to remove these blemishes even when these doesn’t affect its performance. Your reasons can include maintaining good presentation for your gun collection, pride and joy.
You can remove these blemishes by using touch-up paint. Your neighborhood hardware store can help in this matter.
But when it comes to dents, you shouldn’t bang away at the metal. You’re making the issue worse since more dents can appear with each strike.
7. Keep The Guns Inside in Good Condition
The guns stored inside the gun safe should be in good condition, too. You’re keeping your guns in the gunsafe for future use so it makes sense to store them in readiness for it. The gun safe interiors will also be clean because the guns stored in it are in a similar condition.
You should ideally clean your guns with a gun cleaning kit. Every kit usually contains a jag, rod, cleaning solvent, and lubrication oil. You have everything you need in keeping your guns in good condition.
8. Avoid Storing A Loaded Firearm
Many states disallow the storage of loaded firearms in the house, even in gunsafes. Even when it isn’t illegal, the practice is strongly discouraged for safety reasons.
You may think that it’s more practical to keep a loaded firearms in the gunsafe in case of home invaders. But the risks outweigh the advantages of doing so. Just keep the gun and ammos within easy reach of each other in case of emergencies.
9. Check The Lock System
The lock system is the heart of every gunsafe. You must then check it on a regular basis, such as every month. You can then determine whether it needs repair or replacement.
In case of a mechanical combination lock system, check all its moving parts. If something’s damaged, call a technician for proper action.
If the gunsafe’s locking system is biometric or digital, check that it still works. If not, call the proper authorities to notify them of the issue. Check the gunsafe’s instruction manual for this purpose.
10. Perform DIY Repairs
When reading the user’s manual, you will come across minor repairs that can be done DIY-style. You can make monthly checks of the gun safe moving parts to determine where DIY repairs can be done.
Your gun safe should be maintained well, too, in the same way as your guns. You can get more value for your money from it when you can use it for several years.
Gunsafes are great storage areas for guns and ammos. Be sure to keep them in safe and secure locations, such as hidden behind a false wall. You can reduce the risks of unauthorized access, especially from children’s curious hands.