How To Properly Maintain Your Safe
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 help make sure your safe is in good condition, so it not only lasts for a long time, but also to ensure your valuables are not damaged in any way. Whether you have a portable lock box or heavy-duty safe inside of your home, maintenance is necessary regularly. 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 items inside. 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.
You can also 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 in your safe.
Delicate items like pictures or intricate jewelry should be placed in an air-tight container or bag before you put them into your safe to help avoid damage. All of these precautions should help to maintain the safe, as well as the provide moisture control for valuable items inside it.