How to Clean & Polish Your Vehicle’s Gun Safe

Cleaning your gun safe is an important part of maintaining your firearms. Just like the safe you keep indoors, the gun safe you use in your vehicle to transport your firearms needs proper care and attention. Here’s how to care for your truck or car gun safe.

How Often Should You Clean Your Vehicle’s Gun Safe?

Depending on the conditions of your vehicle and the frequency at which you open your gun safe, you might only have to clean your gun safe once a month. If you use your safe often or if the area you keep your gun safe in is often exposed to dirt or dust, you’ll have to clean your safe more frequently. For example, truck gun safes installed in construction workers’ vehicles will have to be cleaned more frequently than a car gun safe in a rarely used trunk. Humidity is also an important factor when it comes to cleaning your vehicle’s safe. Controlling the environment that an interior safe is exposed to is relatively easy, but a car gun safe installed in a trunk might need special attention to make sure humidity isn’t affecting your stored gear.

Cleaning the Exterior of Your Vehicle’s Gun Safe

Any products you would use to clean a car, like spray wax or spray detailer, works well to clean the outside of your truck or car gun safe. The top and other horizontal surfaces are more likely to accumulate dust and dirt. First, use a microfiber cloth to lift all dust and debris from the exterior of your gun safe. Removing these particles is important, especially if there are painted surfaces on truck gun safes. If you don’t lift this debris and instead jump straight into cleaning with a damp rag, then these small particles can act like sandpaper and scratch the surface of your car gun safe. Once your safe is clean, then automotive wax is a good choice for polishing the surface of your truck gun safe, but avoid using a polishing wheel. They can be a little too powerful and lift decals and logos off your safe.

Cleaning the Interior of Your Vehicle’s Gun Safe

The more often truck gun safes and car gun safes are opened, the more often the interiors will have to be cleaned. Even if your gun safe is rarely opened, it’s a good idea to check the interior once in a while to make sure there are no substances causing problems. Firearms can sometimes leave debris and oil in a safe, which can stain the interior. Humidity can cause metal to corrode, so checking for environmental effects on your firearms is important as well. To clean the interior of your vehicle’s gun safe, first take everything out. Then vacuum the inside with a hose attachment, and make sure to pay special attention to the corners. If there are areas that need extra attention, wipe those down with a clean microfiber cloth. Avoid using liquid cleaners as much as possible. If you do have to use a liquid to lift a stain, make sure to blot and dry the area completely before closing the car gun safe. Any moisture left behind will be trapped and cause future problems for your firearm. 

With a little time and some elbow grease, you can be confident your firearms are safe and functioning properly. 

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