Just a quick refresher: A humidor is a vital piece of tool for any cigar lover. Not only does it aid in keeping your cigars fresh, but it also protects them from damage and makes them easy to transport. However, sometimes humidors can become damaged or worn out over time. If you’ve a vintage humidor that you want to restore to its former glory, there are a few new things you can do to make it work again.
Tips on How You Can Make a Vintage Humidor Work Again
With a little bit of work, you can make your vintage humidor look and function like new again. Here are some advanced tips on how to make a vintage humidor work again.
Tip #1: Clean the Interior and Exterior
The first step in restoring your vintage humidor is to give it a good cleaning. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the interior and exterior of the humidor, including the lid, hinges, and seal. If the humidor is particularly dirty, you may need to use a mild soap to remove all the grime.
Once you have cleaned the humidor, dry it off with a soft cloth. You do not want any water or soap residue left on the humidor, which could damage the wood. Then, use a soft brush to clean out dust or debris from the humidor's interior. This will help ensure that your cigars stay fresh.
Tip #2: Check the Seals
Next, you will want to check the seals on the humidor to ensure they are still intact. If the seals are cracked or broken, they need to be replaced. You can buy replacement seals at most cigar shops or online. As you replace the seals, be sure to test them to make sure they are airtight.
You will also want to check the humidor's lid to ensure it fits snugly. If the lid is loose, it will allow air to enter the humidor and dry out your cigars. You may need to adjust the hinges on the lid or use a different type of sealant to ensure the lid fits correctly.
Tip #3: Add a Humidifier
If your vintage humidor does not have a humidifier, you will need to add one. There are a variety of humidifiers on the market, so choose one that is the right size for your humidor and easy to use. Once you have added a humidifier, fill it with distilled water and close the humidor to allow the humidifier to do its job.
As the humidifier adds moisture to the air, you will need to check the humidor regularly to ensure it does not get too humid. Regular checking will also help you determine when to refill the humidifier. With a little care, your vintage humidor will be working like new in no time.
Tip #4: Season the Humidor
After you have cleaned and repaired your vintage humidor, it is time to season it. This process helps the humidor retain moisture, which is essential for keeping your cigars fresh. To season your humidor, wipe down the interior with a damp cloth and then dry it off with a soft towel.
Once the humidor is dry, add a small amount of distilled water to the humidifier. Then, close the humidor and allow it to sit for 24 hours. After 24 hours, check the humidor to ensure it is still moist. If it is, you can add your cigars. If not, repeat the seasoning process.
Tip #5: Calibrate the Hygrometer
If your vintage humidor does not have a hygrometer, you will need to add one. A hygrometer is essential for any humidor, as it helps you keep track of the humidity levels. There are a variety of hygrometers on the market, so choose one that is the right size for your humidor and easy to use.
You will need a bowl of distilled water and a zip-top bag to calibrate your hygrometer. Place the hygrometer in the zip-top bag and add a few drops of distilled water to the bag. Seal the bag and wait 24 hours. After 24 hours, check the hygrometer to see if it is reading correctly. If it is, it is accurate, and you can proceed to the next step. If it is not, you will need to calibrate it again.
Tip #6: Fill the Humidor
Once you have calibrated the hygrometer, it is time to fill your humidor with cigars. First, choose cigars of the same size and shape to fit snugly in the humidor. Next, place the cigars in the humidor, being careful not to overcrowd it. Then, close the humidor and allow the cigars to adjust to the new environment.
After a few days, check the cigars to ensure they stay fresh. The cigars should be plump and moist but not wet. If they seem too dry, you can add a little bit of water to the humidifier. If they seem too wet, you may need to adjust the humidifier or remove some of the cigars from the humidor.