Monthly Archives: December 2013

Got a “Smelly Safe”? What to do:

People sometimes complain that their home fire safe stinks and it makes the contents smell bad, too.  This is caused by leaving the safe closed for long periods of time, especially when it is moist inside.

1)  All safes should be opened every two weeks or so to let the old air out.  This is especially true with new units because the poured-in insulation may not yet be completely dried.  Just leaving the door open for several weeks might get the smell out.

2)  Clean the inside of the safe with detergent or bleach.  Then enclose one or two laundry drier sheets inside.  We use Bounce/Febreze and it normally fixes the problem.

3)  If the smell persists there is probably mildew growing in the insulation.  We have had success by putting a bowl of bleach in the safe and closing the door for a week.  It seems like fumes from the bleach kill the mildew.

4)  Still got a problem?  Buy a new safe and open it regularly.

Small Antique Safes

Small antique safes with good original paint and ornate graphics are very hard to find.  This beautiful little Victor, standing only 20.5″ high by 14″ wide, is a gem.  The red emblem on the inside door panel is uncommon, but not rare.  It lists all of Victor’s patents which were used on the safe.  The most recent patent shown is 1889, so the safe was probably built before 1895.


Elaborate graphics and hand painted outdoor scenes on such a small safe are rare.  Rarer still is that the original paint is still intact.  The pictures shown here are not as sharp as I would like, because the safe was sold before we could even clean it.  If you have a small antique that you no longer want, or if you would like to buy one, please contact us at Hoogerhyde Safe.

Save Money On a Gun Safe

If you plan to purchase a gun safe in the near future, you can probably save money by buying it in December.  Safe manufacturers typically raise prices at the beginning of January in preparation for the Shooting, Hunting & Outdoors Trades (SHOT) Show.  SHOT is where manufacturers introduce their new catalogs, products and price schedules for dealers and retailers.  Some stores roll out new prices gradually as old stock runs out.  But in many cases, especially when you order a non-stock gun safe, the higher prices take effect immediately.  So save some money — buy your safe in December before prices go up.