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Safes Maintenance Tips

16th November 2023

Why Safe Maintenance Matters:

Securing your valuables is a top priority, and your trusty safe is the guardian of your treasures. To ensure it stands the test of time, a little TLC in the form of regular maintenance can go a long way. In this guide, we’ll walk you through some friendly yet professional tips to keep your safe in top-notch condition.

1. Dust and Debris: The Silent Culprits

Just like any other piece of furniture, safes accumulate dust and debris over time. Regularly dust the exterior and interior surfaces with a soft, lint-free cloth. Pay special attention to the hinges, locking mechanism, and keypad to keep them free from obstructions. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as these can damage the safe’s finish.

2. Lubricate Moving Parts

Ensuring the smooth operation of your safe’s moving parts is crucial. Apply a high-quality lubricant to the hinges, bolts, and manual locking mechanisms at least once a year. This simple step can prevent wear and tear, making sure your safe opens and closes effortlessly. If you are using a digital lock, make sure to replace the batteries at regular intervals.

3. Combination Changes: Stay One Step Ahead

Your safe’s combination is your first line of defence. Periodically changing it adds an extra layer of security. Use your safe’s user manual to guide you through the process, and don’t forget to test the new combination before locking it up again. This simple step helps prevent unauthorised access, especially if you’ve shared the combination with others in the past.

4. Safe Repair: Addressing Issues Promptly

Even with regular maintenance, safes can face issues over time. If you notice any problems with the locking mechanism, hinges, or electronic components, address them promptly. If you are using a digital safe lock, make sure to replace the batteries at regular intervals. Ignoring minor issues can lead to more significant problems down the road.

5. Environment Matters: Optimal Storage Conditions for Your Safe

Safes are designed to protect against various threats, including moisture. however, safes thrive in stable environments. Keep your safe away from extreme temperatures, humidity, and direct sunlight. Fluctuations in these conditions can affect the safe’s integrity and electronic components over time. Consider using moisture-absorbing products such as silica gel to prevent the development of mould or corrosion on your valuables. A stable environment ensures longevity. You can check out our dedicated blog on optimal places where you can store your safe.

6. Professional Safe Inspection and Repairs: A Wise Investment

While DIY maintenance is essential, a periodic professional inspection can catch potential issues early. Schedule a professional safe repair and maintenance service to ensure your safe is in top-notch condition. They can provide a more in-depth analysis and address any hidden concerns.

In conclusion, regular safe maintenance is not just a task; it’s a commitment to safeguarding what matters most. By following these quick tips, you’ll ensure your safe remains a reliable guardian of your valuables for years to come.


Here at SMP Security, we offer a wide array of safes-related services, such as installation, removal, and maintenance, nationwide. Our in-house MLA-certified expert safe and lock engineers carry out these services, meaning they’re tried, tested, and trusted. It’s beneficial to have safes regularly serviced. This ensures they’re in good working condition, and you cut the risk of your safe malfunctioning.

Additionally, why not consider replacing or upgrading your locks with one of our digital or mechanical locks, such as the Dormakaba Auditcon 252, for even more trust in your safe?

Feel free to drop us a message below or call us at 01952 585673 for any safe related query, and our expert safes team will be happy to assist you.

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