Controlling the humidity in your home safe can be an important and sometimes necessary detail in retaining the value of your safe’s contents. Luckily there are some easy steps that you can take to control the internal humidity levels. An easy option is to buy desiccant packs which will absorb moisture and keep your safe dry and its contents free from humidity damage. These packs can be bought fairly cheaply at local retail stores or ordered online via our website. Another option is investing in an electric dehumidifier to keep your safe dry and its contents free from mold or other forms of humidity damage. There are simple electric dehumidifiers on the market that are small and rechargeable that can be bought rather cheaply.
What kinds of items require a dehumidifier?
It is very common for gun owners to keep dehumidifiers in their safes. Guns, especially, are susceptible to moisture damage in the form of rust on the metal parts or deterioration of the wooden stock over time. It is especially important when dealing with antique or heirloom guns to keep them dry and avoid damage caused by high humidity levels. Either placing desiccant packs or an electronic dehumidifier in the safe will suffice in keeping your gun safe dry and its contents undamaged. Paper documents being stored for long periods of time can benefit greatly from having an in-safe dehumidifier.
The older the paper the more susceptible it will be to mold or mildew. This is especially of concern in airtight waterproof safes. Condensation can be trapped inside and eventually lead to mold and damage to your documents. It is highly recommended, especially for waterproof safes, that you open it up at least once every two weeks and air it out to help prevent a mold buildup.
What do I do if I have mold?
There are a number of different solutions for cleaning mold and preventing its growth. Vinegar, small amounts of bleach, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, detergent, and baking soda will all work well. Most of these need to be diluted and used with a spray bottle and a rag for cleaning. Tea tree oil and lavender oil are also natural solutions that have great results in combating mold. A common technique used once the mold has been cleaned is to put a few drops of tea tree or lavender oil on some cotton balls and leave them in your home safe as natural desiccant packs to preemptively combat future outbreaks of mold.
If you are interested in preventing moisture or mold in your safe, please give one of our safe experts a call at 800-207-2259. Or you can order one online.