Cleaning Microphones

Travis Watson

Freshman
Jan 11, 2011
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Re: Cleaning Microphones

I was using some antibacterial wipes and I swear they make the grils rust. I got ugly grills but they smell nice.
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Clarke LaPlante

Freshman
Jan 11, 2011
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Boston-ish
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Re: Cleaning Microphones

Two part cleaning method.



One: Unscrew the metal grille from the body of the mic. Use your Leatherman or other plier-type tool and remove the foam windscreen from the interior of the grille.



Take the foam screen(s) to a sink and wash with soap and hot water. Most of the bacteria and foulness is going to be in the foam screen and not on the metal grille, so it is important to get this part *clean*. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and wring out, then use the air dryer in the washroom to dry the screens. If there isn't one, pat dry with paper towels and let air dry before re-installing. *Tip* - place the foam screens on your console LittleLites - they'll be dry in about 10-15 minutes.



Two: Take the metal mic grilles and wipe them down, inside and out with anti-bacterial hand sanitizer wipes - yep, the very same ones you would use to clean your IEM moulds with (you are doing that too, right?). If you want, you can use a (clean, dedicated) toothbrush to get the cleanser in between the cross sections of the grille. As this is largely alcohol based, it will air dry in a couple minutes.



Once the foam screeens are dry, re-install in the grilles and voilà... sanitized mics with no smell of any kind.



-C
 
Re: Cleaning Microphones

Every so often, I use Clorox Disinfectant Wipes, and spray them with Lysol. 100% Germ Free. Kills the Strep Throat Virus and many more in 5 minutes too... :DHowever for the foam, I do what Clarke said. To wring all the water out though, I put the foam in between two layers of Paper towels and roll them up to get most of the water out already.



 

Matt Lillie

Sophomore
Jan 11, 2011
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NH
Re: Cleaning Microphones

I do the same, Clarke, except I throw the metal balls in the sink with anti-bacterial dish soap. Swish 'em around a bunch, and let them air-dry while I'm drying the foams with the hand-dryer.