A gun safe has a very high resistance against most potential hazards. However, there is still some maintenance that can help the safe to last longer and to better protect the valuables inside. When it is properly taken care of, safes can last a lifetime and even add value to your investment. Regular and proper maintenance is big part of that process.
Depending on the safe’s location, there may be more exposure to dust and dirt. When dust settles and becomes hard after a while it is more difficult to clean. However, cleaning once a month can help preserve the finish. Be sure to clean with a soft, non-abrasive cloth, as anything more aggressive can scratch or cloud the finish.
Use something neutral, like water and soap, to clean the metal parts of the safe such as the handle, locking bolts, and hinges. Metal cleaner may seem like a better option, but it will eat away the non-tarnish coating on these parts of the safe. Oiling the hinges is also important. Oil should be applied to the top, bottom and sides of the hinges. The fire seal should be in good condition as well.
Taking care of your gun safe will assure that both it and your valuables stored inside it will stand the test of time.