Like any other object (eg. your PC fan) that sits around gathering dust, it's useful to know how to clean a Bluetooth speaker properly.
Leaving your speaker to get dirty will, over time, compromise the quality of sound that you get when you use it. And even if you do clean it regularly, if you use the wrong materials, you risk doing damage to the speaker, either cosmetically, or the internal components. Neither is good.
So we've put together a guide to let you know what you should and shouldn't do when it comes to keeping your Bluetooth speakers clean. Once you've read this, you can be confident that you know how to keep your speakers in the best possible condition.
How To Clean A Bluetooth Speaker
We'll preface everything with a recommendation to check with your speaker manufacturer for advice specific to the model you own. Some devices, such as the JBL Xtreme 3, are designed to be more rugged and durable than others, with IP67 dust and water resistance ratings. Speakers like these may tolerate different cleaning methods in comparison to more delicate speakers.
If you aren't sure whether your speaker can withstand being run under a tap for example, then double-check with the manufacturer. The guidance we're going to offer will focus primarily on cleaning methods that can be used with any Bluetooth speaker.
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Top Tips You Can Apply To Any Bluetooth Speaker
If you aren't sure what to do when cleaning your Bluetooth speaker, here are our recommendations:
- Use a dry microfiber cleaning cloth to wipe away any dust or oil buildup.
- We wouldn't recommend using water - unless your speaker is definitely waterproof.
- If, however, your speaker is designed to be used in all weathers, then you may be able to clean it by rinsing it with warm water from your tap. Then use a microfiber cloth to remove stains. Allow it to dry before plugging it in.
- Don't use aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives. This can damage the finish of your speaker.
- If you are cleaning after a liquid spill, use a dry cloth immediately to wipe off the moisture. If liquid gets into the internal components, this can do serious damage. Don't use a hairdryer or other 'forced air' to dry it. Again, this may damage the finish of your speaker.
- If your speaker has a mesh, you can use a soft-tipped brush and gently brush across the mesh to remove dust or any other dirt that has accumulated. Be gentle, so that you don't inadvertently push dirt further into the speaker.
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General Guidance To Look After Your Bluetooth Speakers
The tips we've listed above will help to keep your Bluetooth speaker clean. But there are some other maintenance tips that will help to look after your speakers for as long as possible.
Make sure you don't block any ventilation openings on your speaker. Allowing air to circulate helps stop your speaker from overheating, which can damage the internal parts.
Avoid placing your speakers next to any heat sources, such as radiators, ovens, or hobs. It's also recommended to avoid leaving them in strong sunlight, particularly on warm days.
Don't pinch or walk on any wires that connect to your speaker.
Only use your speaker with the voltages listed by the manufacturer. If you use the wrong voltage, this can damage your speaker, and would almost certainly void any warranty you might have for the product.
Last, but not least, don't plug in your speakers during lightning storms.