Your office safe can likely withstand all kinds of blunt force and other forms of damage. However, your safe can still fall victim to wear and tear, dust and dirt, and a lack of occasional maintenance. Even the most powerful safe can fail because no one ever gave it a dusting now and then. Here's what you should know about maintaining your office or business safe.
Does Your Safe Need Servicing?
Your safe will let you know when it's experiencing issues. You may even have some of these symptoms right now. Here are a few signs your safe needs servicing or repair:
- Difficulties opening the lock
- Lock or pad feels loose and shaky
- Combination changes on its own
- Clicking and other strange noises
- Dust and dirt accumulation
- Frequent jams or trouble closing
No matter what problem your safe presents you with, make sure to have it looked at early. The longer a safe goes without servicing, the harder it becomes to address the problems.
Do You Maintain Your Safe?
You'll likely spot any potential issues before they grow out of control if you do some routine maintenance on your safe. Your owner's manual will likely have some instructions for you. You can also look up your safe model online to find some ways to maintain it as well.
Give Your Office Safe an Inspection
You should at least visually inspect your safe every so often. Look the safe over for signs of tampering, damage, or accumulations of dirt. You should also test the lock to ensure it opens and closes as it should without problems.
If you have a safe with a fire seal or waterproof seal, then check those for wear and deterioration as well. Check all moving parts to make sure they behave correctly. If you have a digital safe, make sure the batteries aren't dying, or preemptively swap them out for fresh ones.
Give Your Office Safe a Cleaning
You don't have to clean and polish your safe every week. Just check it occasionally for dust and dirt. If you find any, then clean it up. Dust, dirt, and debris can become a problem for the locking mechanism and the performance of any other moving parts if you leave it to build up. Use water and a soft brush or cloth to clean the inside and outside surfaces. You can also use a small hand vacuum if you want.
Water and a clean, soft cloth will work for every part of a safe. Use it on the bolts and other hardware. Avoid using solvents or dedicated metal cleaners and polishes. They can ruin the plated surface as well as the surface coating or paint.
You can also apply a little grease or oil to the safe's bolts once a year or less often. Whenever you feel the safe may need it for smooth operation, apply some grease to the front and bottom of the bolts.
Have You Had a Professional Look at Your Safe?
Have a professional locksmith inspect and service your safe every year or two. You need to make sure the locking mechanism remains in good working order. The lock is the most important part of the safe.
If you find yourself locked out of your safe or having trouble with it, then you will need a professional locksmith to help with that as well. If a professional locksmith tells you it's a good idea to replace the safe, then you should listen.
At Lockworks Unlimited, we have decades of experience dealing with business safes. We can inspect yours, repair it, and get you back into it if needed. Your business safe isn't something to take lightly. Contact us today.