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4 Tips for Cleaning Your Gun Safe This Spring

Across the United States, roughly one-third of all people own at least one gun. When you own a gun, you need to be participating in all the gun-safety practices you can. One of the most essential of these practices is owning a gun safe. It’s not enough just touse the gun safe, though. Just like your gun needs to be regularly cleaned, your gun safe needs to be cleaned too.

Get the right supplies

Before you start cleaning your gun safe, you want to make sure you have all the proper supplies handy. First, you want to make sure you have a soft, dry, abrasive cloth, like a microfiber cloth. You don’t want to use anything that will scratch the finish on your safe. You also want to make sure you get a new cloth so you don’t risk transferring dust and dirt from an old one. Second, want you want to have water and a very mild detergent so the finish will not rust.

Take everything out of the safe

Before you can clean the inside of your safe, you want to remove everything from it. This way, you will be able to get at all the nooks and crannies of the interior. If your safe has removable shelves, make sure you take those out too, and clean them separately. Put your guns and accessories in a safe place away from children while you’re cleaning. Soft brushes can also be helpful to get at the hard to reach areas. Finally, get a portable vacuum to speed up the process.

Clean inside and out

You want to start the cleaning process by vacuuming the interior. Then, wipe the interior with the microfiber cloth to remove any stains. Next, you want to dip another cloth into the water and cleaner solution to wipe away any dust left. Let the surfaces dry, and vacuum it again. Finally, do the same thing to the outside of the safe. Just make sure you keep any moisture away from the electronic elements of your safe.
Clean around the safe too
Finally, while you’re cleaning your gun safe, you should also clean the area around the safe. You don’t want anything blocking the safe in case you need to be able to get into it in an emergency situation. Make sure to clear the clutter. It’s also not a bad idea to vacuum, sweep, or mop the floor around the safe to make sure everything is in good shape. It is important that you clean out your gun safe about once a month. The longer you wait between cleanings, the harder it will be to clean your safe. Cleaning regularly will help you extend the life of your gun safe. You can also perform routine inspections to make sure everything is working well. Finally, you can take a regular inventory of your gun collection during your cleanings. While cleaning will demand time and energy from you, understanding these benefits should give you some motivation.