What is that white powder leaking out of my fireproof safe or file cabinet?
Good evening. It depends on the material that is used in your safe. As I understand, it is the fireproof material become bad after a long time of use. Often firms use asbestos for that aim, maybe it is the asbestos powder. I recommend you to update your safe if you want your documents to be safe. You can read rather interesting information about the best kinds of fireproof safes on Firefighter Garage site. I believe that is should be useful in your situation.
Different manufacturers used different types of fireproofing materials at different times. In our experience, the substance is usually gypsum-based, which is messy but harmless. Some manufacturers did, however, use asbestos – and since most of these companies went out of business or were absorbed into other companies, their manufacturing records no longer exist. The only way to know for sure is to have the material tested at a lab. Do you have replacement keys for my desk or file cabinet? In most cases we can have new keys made for you, however you may find it faster and less expensive to visit your local locksmith instead. If your lock has a number on it, give the locksmith that number as well as the name of the manufacturer. If the lock is on a drawer which is easy to remove, you can take the whole drawer to the locksmith. How can I restore my own piece of furniture? The process we use for restoring a piece of vintage metal furniture is quite costly, time-consuming and complicated –