A Step by Step Guide to Clean a Gun Safe

Gunsafes are investments, too. You can spend more than a thousand dollars on a residential gunsafe including its transportation and installation costs. You must then take good care of it through cleaning your gunsafe once a month, at least.


Cleaning Kits for Your Gun Safe

If you browse the physical and virtual stores, you will not likely find gunsafe cleaning kits. This is because gun cleaning kits can be made from ordinary cleaning supplies. These can include:

  • A handheld vacuum with attachments to get into the gun safe's nooks and crannies.
  • A few pieces of clean and dry soft, non-abrasive cloth.
  • A bowl for mixing cleaning liquid.
  • Water and mild detergent.
  • A set of soft brushes.
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When you have these items, your monthly gunsafe cleaning will be in the bag. You can keep these cleaning supplies in a different basket for easy access. You don’t have to gather them every time you have to clean the gunsafe.

Steps to Clean Your Gun Safe


Remove the Gunsafe’s Contents

You should clean the gunsafe’s interior and exterior. The guns and their accessories inside the gunsafe must be removed and placed in a safe area. You should place the guns away from children’s reach while the cleaning is ongoing.

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Start Cleaning the Gunsafe

With the gunsafe empty and the cleaning supplies on hand, you can start cleaning. The best ways to do it is from the inside to outside and top to bottom. You will not be cleaning the same area twice in this manner.

  • Use a handheld vacuum to remove the dust and dirt in the gunsafe. Pay close attention along the nooks and crannies.
  • Use a soft brush on areas with stubborn dust and dirt. The edges and cracks will likely need such close attention.
  • Wipe the interior surfaces of the gunsafe with a clean and dry soft, non-abrasive cloth. In case of stubborn dirt, dip the cloth into a water-mild detergent mixture. Use the damp cloth to remove the stubborn dirt.
  • Clean the racks and shelves, too. The vacuum cleaner and soft cloth will also be useful here.
  • Wipe the exterior of the gunsafe with the soft, non-abrasive cloth. Never use metal polishes and solvents on the metal to avoid damaging the coating. Use a damp cloth to remove stubborn stains, too.

While cleaning your gunsafe, you can also do routine inspection of its parts. You should look out for damaged hinges, locks and scanners. You must also take note of cracks and dents in the body.

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When everything’s as it should be, you can put back the rack and shelves into the gunsafe. Your guns and their accessories come in next. You may also clean your guns since a clean gunsafe is better with clean firearms in it.


Clear the Area around the Gun Safe

You should have a clear area within which to move around while cleaning the gunsafe. Your workbench should be within easy reach, perhaps a few steps away. Your cleaning supplies should also be within easy reach without being in the way.


Final Verdict

​Cleaning your gunsafe demands your full attention and concentration. This is because of the safety risks involved, as well as the desire for best results. You have to make time for it. You should also give it your energy and effort so that it’s so clean as to be your pride and joy.

​A clean gunsafe is a part of your responsible gun ownership. This is because you will have an opportunity to repair and replace your guns, too. A collection of guns in top condition is safer, too.

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