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Cleaning Your Computer Speakers

Friday Apr 3, 2009
Computer Speaker Cleaner

Computer Speaker Cleaner

When you’ve had your computer speakers for a long time, it is inevitable that they get dirty. Dust and other particles accumulate on them, which may be hard to get rid of, especially if they have gotten lodged into small crevices. There are also some parts of the speakers that have to be handled very carefully, so as not to damage or destroy them. Still, you have to clean your speakers periodically so that they will continue to provide optimum performance.

For the cloth covering the front part of the speaker, you can use a lint roller. A lint roller is adhesive paper rolled around a spindle, and attached to a handle. Turning the roller gently over the cloth will cause dust, small fibers, and lint to stick to the adhesive. One of the more popular lint roller brands is Scotch.

Drivers are the delicate parts of the speaker. With computer speakers, however, the drivers are usually not exposed. Still, if you decide to clean them, you can use a micro-fiber cloth. This kind of cloth is very soft. It holds its shape well and it is safe to use on sensitive parts. It can wipe the dust off these parts without scratching them. Also, micro-fiber cloth does not leave any residue because the dust particles go into the ridges and crevices in the individual micro-fiber threads.

You can use a camel-hair brush for hard-to-reach places. Camel-hair brushes are sold commercially. Not all of them, however, are made up of real camel hair. The fur from Asian ponies, bears, sheep, and squirrels are used as camel-hair substitutes. Still, they serve the purpose just as well.

The rest of the computer speaker, like the sides and top and the sides can be wiped down with a soft cloth.

You can also clean the speakers with a vacuum cleaner. Use the crevice tool attachment. However, you have to make sure that the power is not too high and that the vacuum is not too close to the speakers. Too much suction may damage them.

There are also certain specialty cleaners that are being sold. Examples of these are compressed-air sprays that are designed to blow dust away, chemical cloths, and special sprays that are made specifically for use on electronics. Just remember to read the instructions very carefully and follow them closely to avoid damaging your speakers. It is also a good idea to test clean a small part to make sure that you are happy with the way the product works, and that it will not cause any damage.

You should also remember that when you are blowing dust from your speakers, you have to be careful not to blow the dust into the sensitive parts. After cleaning, be sure to remove the dust from the surrounding areas as well.