How to Clean Your Speakers

Last Edited: August 24, 2018 | Published: April 22, 2018 by

How to Clean Your Speakers

While your speakers don’t usually go anywhere, that doesn’t mean they won’t need a cleaning every now and then. Over time, your speakers can accumulate dust and dirt. If you have kids running around, they could be on the receiving in of spills or worse. To clean your speaker, you must make sure you cover every component to get the job done right. Follow the steps below to clean each part of your speakers the right way.

No matter how clean you keep your home, over time your speakers will collect dirt, dust and other particles in the air that will require them to be cleaned. However, your speakers aren’t like other pieces of furniture in your home, you have to make sure you use the right tools and clean them the right away or you could damage them, and no one wants that to happen. Today, let’s take a look at how to clean speakers so they look and sound great.

What You Will Need

In order to clean your speakers properly, you will need a few things to get started. Here is what you will need to properly clean your speakers:

  • 2 Soft microfiber cloths
  • Can of Air
  • Lint roller
  • Canned air
  • Warm water

Let’s Get Cleaning

Before we begin, remember to never use harsh chemicals on your speakers. They could damage both the case and the electronics. Now, with that out of the way, let’s get started. Oh, before you start this process, go ahead and power down your speakers and leave them off.

1. Using your can of air, blow off any excess dirt and dust on the outside of the case and the inside as well.

2. Take one microfiber cloth and wet it with the warm water. Don’t overdo it. If it is dripping, it is too wet. Ideally, you just want it to be slightly damp.

3. Thoroughly wipe down the entire outside and inside of the speakers applying only gentle pressure.

4. Using the dry cloth, go back over the same area gently to wipe away any excess water.

5. Using the lint roller, wipe the grill to remove any dirt, grime, or pet hair that as accumulated on the grill.

6. Allow the speakers a little time to dry. It should take too long as you didn’t use a lot of water. This is just better to be safe than sorry, really.

How Often Should You Clean Your Speakers

Speakers aren’t like other devices, while they do accumulate dirt and dust, they don’t do so as badly as other electronics. Still, you are going to want to clean them. Personally, I clean my speakers every time I dust my home. If they don’t seem like they need it, sometimes I skip the cleaning that week. It really depends on how quickly dust accumulates in your home, and every house is different. Just inspect them to see if they need it and do it on an as needed basis.

Cleaning the Cabinets

Your speaker cabinets can be made of different materials, such as wood or plastic. When cleaning them, always use a cleaner designed for that type of material and avoid all purpose cleaners whenever possible. Grab two soft, lint-free cloths and get to work. Leave one cloth clean and dry and moisten the other with your cleaning solution. First, test your cleaner in an area you can’t see. If everything goes well, you can do the rest of the speaker. Wipe the entire cabinet down with the moist cloth, and then go behind your work to dry it. Leave it for a few minutes to dry completely before reconnecting it to your system.

Cleaning the Grills

Like the cabinets, always make sure you use a cleaner appropriate for the material of your grill. Your grill could be fabric, metal, or even plastic. In most cases, the grill will pop off the front of your speaker. If your grill is fabric, remove it and lie it flat on the ground. Using a vacuum with a dust attachment, gently suck up all the dust and then replace the grill. If they are metal or plastic, you can use a cleaner designed for them or even soap and water. Just make sure they are dry before you replace them.

Cleaning the Cones

This is the most delicate process when cleaning speakers, as the cones can be made of very delicate material that could be easy to punch a hole through when you are cleaning them. I recommend using a can of compressed air to blow out any dust or dirt that has accumulated in them over time. For deeper cleanings, grab a makeup brush and gently brush away any dirt that the air won’t take care of alone.

Cleaning the Connectors

The connectors on your speakers are pretty resilient, but that doesn’t mean they won’t need a little TLC every now and then. In most cases, they will just need the dust removed from them so nothing interferes with the connections. For this, grab that can of compressed air and use it to blow out all the dust. In other cases, they may need to be wiped clean. For this job, a little alcohol and a soft, lint free cloth should do the trick.


We often forget that our speakers can get dirty. Sure, we often clean the outside cabinets, but how often do you really give it a good deep clean? That’s what I thought. A few times a year you should try to give your speakers a good cleaning to make sure they look great and function exactly as you expect them to whenever you are ready to listen to music or watch a movie. Luckily, with the right tools, it is easy to do and will only take a few minutes of your time. So what are you waiting for? It is time to get started cleaning those speakers!

While your speakers probably won’t get as dirty as your laptop, it still wouldn’t hurt to give them a little tender love and care every now and then. By giving them a good, but gentle cleaning, you can ensure that your speakers stay in tip top shape for many years to come.

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