Part of ensuring your home audio system will last long into the future is engaging in some routine cleaning and maintenance. However, cleaning your speakers is not as simple as grabbing acloth and wiping off the visible dust.
Here’s some information that will help you keep your home audio equipment in Chicago in excellent condition.
Cleaning the Exterior Cabinets
Cleaning the exterior cabinets is probably the easiest step of cleaning your home theater system. You should always use clean, lint-free cloths, such as microfiber or cotton towels, or an old t-shirt. Never use paper towels—they will break apart and leave particles behind.
Get the cloth damp with your cleaning liquid, and wipe down the surface. Put the cleaner on the cloth rather than directly on the surface—this will give you better control over how much cleaner is used. You should be sparing with the liquid and cleaner when using it on your speaker system.
If the cabinet is wood (or even faux wood), make sure to wipe with the direction of the grain. This will help to preserve its appearance longer. When you have finished wiping the cabinets, make sure to wipe it with a rag that only has water to get rid of any residue left behind,then wipe one more time with a completely dry cloth. Never let excess liquids soak into the cabinet.
Cleaning the Speaker Grills
Grills are usually made out of a fine fabric, though they can be made of metal in some cases. Take great care when handling and cleaning it.
Fabric grills are often attached to frames that pop off quite easily. If you are able to remove your grill, this is the best way to clean it. Lay it down on a flat surface and use a vacuum hose that has a dust brush attachment to get all the dust out of the grill openings. If there is some tough dirt or grime that will not come off with a vacuum, you can apply a mixture of warm water and mild cleaner with your cotton or microfiber cloth. Be gentle so as not to damage the grill. Once you have completely dried it, place it back on the speaker.
If the grill cannot be removed, you should clean it with a lit roller and/or a can of compressed air.
Cleaning Speaker Cones
The cones are extremely delicate, so the best advice is to use a can of compressed air and a small brush with bristles that are both long and soft. A makeup brush or a fingerprint brush are ideal. Use this brush to dislodge any dust or dirt that is sticking to the speaker cone and other attached parts, and be very gentle. You can then use the compressed air to blow the cone clean.
NEVER USE LIQUIDS when cleaning these parts.
Make sure to read the labels and instructions for your products to learn more about the type of cleaning solutions you can and cannot use on them. For more information, contact a home audio store in Chicago.