Over time, your speakers will gather dirt and dust. If you’ve got kids, their sticky hands could make your speakers grimy. And you want to clean them, but you have to be careful. They’re not like other items of furniture or decor in your home. You can’t ask the bai to pocha maro them.
You have to use the right tools and clean different parts of your speaker correctly. No one wants to damage their expensive speakers and soundbars.
For your convenience, in this article, we lay out a few things you can do to clean your speakers the right way. To make sure they look great, AND sound great. So read this to know how to clean different parts of your speakers.
What You Need
Here are a few things you’ll need to properly clean your speakers:
- 2 microfiber cloths
- A can of air
- A lint roller
- Warm water
Before you start, switch off and unplug your speakers.
- Using your can of air, blow away dirt and dust on the outside and inside of the speaker case.
- Wipe down the entire outside and inside of your speakers with a damp microfiber cloth. Use warm water and apply gentle pressure when wiping.
- Using the dry microfiber cloth, go back over the same area and dry the speaker.
- Now use your lint roller to wipe the grill. This will remove any dirt, grime or pet hair that’s stuck.
- Give the speakers some time to dry. It shouldn’t take too long as we didn’t use a lot of water. Make sure they’re totally dry before plugging in and turning them on.
Remember to never use harsh chemicals on your speakers. They could damage both the case and the electronics.
How often you should clean your speakers
Speakers don’t accumulate dirt and dust like other furnishings. It’s okay to dust them off once a week, or once in two weeks. A light dusting using a microfiber cloth or a feather duster won’t hurt them.
Cleaning the speaker cabinets
Your speaker cabinets can be made of different materials like MDF or vinyl. When cleaning them, always use a cleaner designed for that material. Avoid using all-purpose cleaners whenever possible.
You can use two soft, lint-free cloths to clean the speaker. Keep one cloth clean and dry. Dampen the other with the cleaning solution. Start by testing your cleaner in an area you can’t see. If everything goes well, go ahead and clean the rest of the speaker. Wipe the entire cabinet down with the damp cloth,then use the clean cloth to dry it. Leave it for a few minutes to dry completely before reconnecting it to the system.
Cleaning the grills
Like the cabinets, always make sure you use a cleaner that’s appropriate for the material of your grill. Your grill could be fabric, metal, or even plastic. In most speakers, the grill will pop off the front. If your grill is made of fabric, remove it and lay it flat on the ground. Using a vacuum cleaner with a dust attachment, suck up all the dust and then replace the grill. If the grill is made of metal or plastic, you can use a cleaner designed for the material. Or even soap and water. Just make sure the grill’s dry before you replace it.
Cleaning the connectors
The connectors on your speakers are made of strong material, but that doesn’t mean they won’t need a little cleaning every now and then. In most cases, they’ll just need dust removed from them so nothing interferes with the connections. For this, use your can of compressed air to blow the dust off. You can also use a little alcohol and a soft, lint-free cloth to wipe them clean.
Cleaning the cones
This is the trickiest bit when cleaning speakers, as the cones can be made of very delicate material. It’s easy to punch a hole in them when you’re cleaning. Use a can of compressed air to blow out any dust or dirt. For a deeper clean, use a makeup brush and gently brush away any dirt that the air couldn’t take care of.
A few times a year, try to give your speakers a deep spring clean. This will make sure they look great and function exactly as you expect them to. And with the right tools, it’s easy to do and will only take a few minutes of your time.By looking after your speakers, you ensure they stay in good shape and deliver great sound for many years to come.