How to Take Care of Your Earphones Properly
Earphones are more than just speakers. Like the smartphone, they have become a daily companion.
Whether Bluetooth or wired, earphones help make music more immersive and videos more entertaining, they provide a little more privacy in stressful everyday life and have even become somewhat of a fashion statement; it’s, therefore, important to take care of them properly to help extend their lifetime and ensure the audio quality remains high.
The fact that many of us wear earphones for several hours a day means their complex electronic system is regularly exposed to potentially damaging elements such as dust, moisture, and earwax. However, whether through regular cleaning or adequate storage, following a few simple guidelines could help keep your earbuds in top condition so that you can make the most of them for years to come.
How to Clean Earphones
To ensure that your earphones last as long as possible, it is advisable to thoroughly clean them at least once a week - not only to maintain high-quality audio output but for hygienic reasons too.
To effectively remove dirt, sweat, dust and earwax from your earphones, you first need to make sure you have the right tools. For the silicone plugs that come standard with the newer models, lukewarm soapy water or simply lukewarm water is sufficient. For heavy soiling, cotton swabs are also recommended. A standard towel is also required for drying. Superficial dirt on the outside of the earbuds can be removed with a hairdryer or a fine brush. For stubborn dirt on the surface, cotton swabs are used again. To remove dirt that has stuck to or got inside the protective grill, you will need either a standard adhesive tape or, preferably, a sticky and malleable mass that fits snugly into small openings, such as adhesive tack. To disinfect the earbuds after cleaning, we also recommend a disinfecting cloth.
Step 1: Cleaning the Silicone Plugs
Carefully remove the silicone plugs from the earphones and either hold them under lukewarm water or place them in lukewarm soapy water and carefully remove the surface dirt by hand. The inside can be cleaned either with a strong water jet or by carefully inserting cotton swabs; take care not to exert too much pressure to prevent damage. Then, wipe thoroughly with a dry cloth and wait at least two hours before putting the plugs back on the earphones to ensure they are fully dry. Optionally, you can also wipe the plugs with a disinfecting cloth to remove any residual bacteria; again, remember to let the plugs dry before putting them back on the earbuds.