Whether you’ve chosen to use a commercial safe or need a residential safe to keep your belongings secure, the two types of safe have similar needs. What do we mean? In short, you must do everything you can to avoid unnecessary damage to your safe. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep it intact.
Don’t Mistreat It
It can be tempting to slam your safe door shut every time you are done with it as if it was the locker you used back in high school. However, the more you do this, the more the individual components of the door and the safe itself will start to wear down so that the lock on the safe breaks and you can no longer open it. Conversely, it might break in such a way that you can’t close it. Luckily, mistreating your safe can be avoided. For instance, if you have one the safe with a classic spinning dial on it, you might think that giving it an extra spin will only increase how secure it is. Unfortunately, this is a misconception; by doing this, you risk damaging the lock.
If you haven’t already, it might be time to upgrade to a different style of safe for your home or business – the advent of digital keypads, key cards, and fingerprint or retinal scanners have made commercial and residential safes more effective than ever before – but only if you keep them clean.
Keep Them Clean
Keeping your safe clean is easy, and it shouldn’t take you more than ten minutes. Every month or so, wipe it down with a cloth. Pay attention to every part of the safe, from the handle to the lock. When it comes to cleaning your safe, the most critical piece of advice we can give you is this: don’t use any polishes or solvent solutions. You might think these substances will help, but when you use them, you run the risk causing damage to the safe instead.
Oil the Locks
When your safe door gets stuck, that’s one frustrating problem. Sometimes the lock on the door won’t disengage, and that’s worse. As we touched on above, you need to make sure this doesn’t happen. Greasing or oiling the bolts on the safe’s lock should keep it operating normally. Even though this sounds simple, we still recommend calling on the experts from Village Lock & Key to inspect your commercial and residential safe to ensure all is well.
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