When you invest in a safe and you choose which items to keep in it, it’s easy to think that once you lock it, you won’t have to think about it again for some time. However, it is important that you take the necessary steps to make sure your safe is in good condition, so it not only lasts for a long time, but also so that your valuables are not damaged in any way. Whether you have a portable safe or a heavy-duty safe inside of your home, maintenance is necessary every so often. Here’s what you need to know about taking care of your safe.
Watch Out for Moisture
Depending on the safe, you may find that if you open it for the first time in several weeks or months, there can be a musty smell and/or moisture build-up. In some cases, this can lead to water or moisture damage to the products in the safe. Due to the fireproof and waterproof structure of many safes, they can provide the perfect condition to absorb moisture inside the safe. To help prevent this from happening, you should plan to air your safe out at least every two weeks for a minimum of 20 minutes each time.
If your safe is still in good condition, invest in a small packet of silica gel, the same packets that are used to keep moisture out of boxes and bags. It will help absorb moisture and can be used multiple times; just make sure it dries out in-between uses. Putting a small bowl of coffee grounds inside of your safe can help get rid of bad smells as well.
Delicate items like pictures or intricate jewelry should be placed in an air-tight container before you put them into your safe as to avoid any damage. All of these precautions should help to maintain the safe, as well as the valuable items inside it.
If your portable safe requires batteries in order to operate the lock, make sure you have the proper batteries that the user manual specifies. Batteries should be replaced at least once annually, and they should be replaced at the same time.
Cleaning Your Safe
Make sure your hands are always clean and dry before touching your portable safe. Use a mild cleaner to wipe down the surface of your safe and avoid harsh products, especially when wiping down the keyboard.