Cleaning speakers

JhaymanJhayman Posts: 1,555
I use a lint free cloth to buff up the natural shine on some speakers or use natural orange oil to add some shine and smell.
But what do you use on the rubber surrounds to keep them soft and shiney?
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  • teekay0007teekay0007 Posts: 2,154
    Jhayman wrote: »
    But what do you use on the rubber surrounds to keep them soft and shiney?

    I've found that nothing works better here - and on the MW drivers - than ORIGINAL Windex. Just spray a little on a microfiber cloth and wipe in a circular motion. Not too much pressure and don't ding the dust caps.

  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,420
    The only thing I do is wipe down the cabinet. The grills stay on all my speakers so they don't get dusty on the inside. Several year ago I took them off to clean them and it proved un-necessary to do so.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,501
    cfrizz wrote: »
    The only thing I do is wipe down the cabinet. The grills stay on all my speakers so they don't get dusty on the inside. Several year ago I took them off to clean them and it proved un-necessary to do so.

    You would be shocked at how much dust gets inside those grills...
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  • Original Windex on the drivers and surrounds. My tops have been stained then cleared so many times all it takes is a damp cloth and there's not a lot you can do to the fabric sides and grilles but some very light vacuuming.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,966
    Jhayman wrote: »
    I use a lint free cloth to buff up the natural shine on some speakers

    What type of finish are you referring to?
    or use natural orange oil to add some shine and smell.

    Get yourself a bottle of mineral oil, add some mineral spirits along with some orange scent and you can make your own, but ask yourself, is that really something I want to put on my speakers/furniture? I know I don't.
    But what do you use on the rubber surrounds to keep them soft and shiney?

    I think the best advice is to do as little as possible. Clean the surrounds with original Windex if they look oxidized, but that's it.




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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,642
    teekay0007 wrote: »
    Jhayman wrote: »
    But what do you use on the rubber surrounds to keep them soft and shiney?

    I've found that nothing works better here - and on the MW drivers - than ORIGINAL Windex. Just spray a little on a microfiber cloth and wipe in a circular motion. Not too much pressure and don't ding the dust caps.

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  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,420
    edited February 2015
    cfrizz wrote: »
    The only thing I do is wipe down the cabinet. The grills stay on all my speakers so they don't get dusty on the inside. Several year ago I took them off to clean them and it proved un-necessary to do so.

    You would be shocked at how much dust gets inside those grills...

    Maybe so on the new models but the grills on mine have a fairly tight seal. I have only cleaned them once in the 25 years that I have had them and that was only about 10 years ago and the cloth came away clean!

    Now looking at the grills on my FXi3s there is probably dust galore on them since they are open on all sides of the speakers. But so longs as they still play that's fine with me.
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  • JhaymanJhayman Posts: 1,555
    F1nut wrote: »
    Jhayman wrote: »
    I use a lint free cloth to buff up the natural shine on some speakers

    What type of finish are you referring to?

    On my Casta's they are finished with a clear coat so I just use a dry lint free cloth to rub of any finger prints and yo buff up the shine.
    or use natural orange oil to add some shine and smell.

    Get yourself a bottle of mineral oil, add some mineral spirits along with some orange scent and you can make your own, but ask yourself, is that really something I want to put on my speakers/furniture? I know I don't.

    I use Howard's Orange Oil Excellent reviews on finished and unfinished woods and Veneers.
    But what do you use on the rubber surrounds to keep them soft and shiney?

    I think the best advice is to do as little as possible. Clean the surrounds with original Windex if they look oxidized, but that's it.

    Ok I'll try Original Windex I figured the Ammonium would be bad for rubber..




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  • tonyb wrote: »
    teekay0007 wrote: »
    Jhayman wrote: »
    But what do you use on the rubber surrounds to keep them soft and shiney?

    I've found that nothing works better here - and on the MW drivers - than ORIGINAL Windex. Just spray a little on a microfiber cloth and wipe in a circular motion. Not too much pressure and don't ding the dust caps.

    What...your Greek ?

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  • teekay0007teekay0007 Posts: 2,154
    tonyb wrote: »
    teekay0007 wrote: »
    Jhayman wrote: »
    But what do you use on the rubber surrounds to keep them soft and shiney?

    I've found that nothing works better here - and on the MW drivers - than ORIGINAL Windex. Just spray a little on a microfiber cloth and wipe in a circular motion. Not too much pressure and don't ding the dust caps.

    What...your Greek ?


    Sorry...didn't catch the reference there, Tony. Little help?

  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,642
    teekay0007 wrote: »
    tonyb wrote: »
    teekay0007 wrote: »
    Jhayman wrote: »
    But what do you use on the rubber surrounds to keep them soft and shiney?

    I've found that nothing works better here - and on the MW drivers - than ORIGINAL Windex. Just spray a little on a microfiber cloth and wipe in a circular motion. Not too much pressure and don't ding the dust caps.

    What...your Greek ?


    Sorry...didn't catch the reference there, Tony. Little help?

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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,966
    On my Casta's they are finished with a clear coat so I just use a dry lint free cloth to rub of any finger prints and yo buff up the shine.

    If it were me on the high gloss black I'd use a micro fiber cloth with a little water or Windex as a lubricant to help prevent fine scratches caused by dry cleaning.
    I use Howard's Orange Oil Excellent reviews on finished and unfinished woods and Veneers.

    Here's the MSDS info on that product;
    ~Petroleum distillates, hydro treated heavy paraffinic 60-100 percent (that is mineral oil, a lot of it)
    ~Solvent naphtha (petroleum), heavy aliphatic 15-40 percent (I said mineral spirits, a close relative)
    ~Oils, orange, sweet 1-5 percent (does nothing but add scent)
    ~Methanone, (2-hydroxy-4-methoxyphenyl)phenyl- 0.1-1 percent (not sure what this is and didn't look it up)

    So, like I said you can make the stuff yourself. Regardless, speaking as a professional, applying what is not much more than the mineral oil you can buy at the drug store is NOT something you want on your speakers or furniture. Excellent reviews? Sure, from people that bought the hype, have no idea what the stuff really is and don't realize what a waste of money it is.
    Ok I'll try Original Windex I figured the Ammonium would be bad for rubber..

    Yeah, it probably wouldn't be good to use it all the time. I've cleaned the surrounds on my SDA's once since 1989. Might clean them again ten years from now, if they need it.
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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,505
    edited February 2015
    Would something like this be bad for rubber surrounds?

    A glycerin, aloe vera and coconut oil rubber conditioner
    http://www.amazon.com/Zymol-Seal-soft-seal-Conditioner/dp/B003ANPY8C

    When you live in a very dry climate, such as the mountains of CO, how can you preserve the surrounds?
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,966
    When you live in a very dry climate, such as the mountains of CO, how can you preserve the surrounds?

    I'm not a rubber expert, so I can't answer that. I will say a good number of these Polk drivers are 30 years old and I don't recall anyone reporting issues with the surrounds.
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  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,887
    edited February 2015
    F1nut wrote: »
    If it were me on the high gloss black I'd use a micro fiber cloth with a little water or Windex as a lubricant to help prevent fine scratches caused by dry cleaning.


    I do exactly this, and works great. I also use orange oil on ebony side panels for a little shine. I don't use it for cherry, I use the windex/micro fiber method.
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  • WillowWillow Posts: 9,715
    I use a belt sander to remove finger prints.
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  • polrbehrpolrbehr Posts: 2,416
    Willow wrote: »
    I use a belt sander to remove finger prints.

    And a 12ga to kill mosquitoes? Have to admit, both would be very effective...
    So, are you willing to put forth a little effort or are you happy sitting in your skeptical poo pile?


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  • WillowWillow Posts: 9,715
    I wouldn't dare use the sander on the speakers I use it on people's fingertips.
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