Your gun collection can represent a sizable investment, and these tools may be important for you feeling secure in your home. However, it is a reality that guns can cause tragic outcomes if they fall into the hands of children or criminals. To prevent this threat, you should make it a point to invest in a gun safe. However, you might not be sure of the steps for properly caring for a gun safe. These three steps can help you avoid some common gun safe care oversights.
Use a Soft Cloth to Gently Clean the Gun Safe's Exterior
Over time, it is likely that large amounts of dust will start to gather on the exterior of your gun safe. In addition to lowering the air quality in your home, this dust can also gradually start to degrade the appearance of your gun safe by causing stains and small scratches. You can reduce this risk by making it a point to wipe down the exterior with a microfiber cloth. These cloths are soft enough to remove dust from the gun safe without scratching it.
Keep the Safe in an Area with Relatively Low Humidity
Corrosion can be one of the more serious problems that your gun safe can encounter. This issue will both reduce the aesthetics of the safe and potentially compromise its ability to keep your guns secure. You will want to place a dehumidifier in the room where the gun safe is located to help keep the humidity levels low. While these devices can be excellent at preventing condensation from forming on the safe, you will need to regularly empty the collection bin to prevent it from overflowing.
Regularly Inspect the Hinges
The hinges of a gun safe will see a lot of wear and tear. Sadly, there are individuals that may rarely look at the hinges of their safe. As a result, they may not realize that additional lubrication is needed or dirt is accumulating between the moving parts of the hinge. By closely inspecting the hinges at least once every few weeks, you will be able to spot when additional lubrication is needed. If you notice dirt or dust gathering in the hinge, you should use a can of compressed air to gently remove these substances. When this is ineffective, you may be able to clean the hinge by using a toothbrush to gently scrub it, but you will want the brush to be dry in order to minimize the risk of rust forming on the hinge.
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