How to Clean Your Speakers

Last Edited: April 22, 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.

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.


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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