How to Clean Car Speaker with Household Items Like a Pro

You probably think that cleaning your car speakers would need a professional. And you might be right for some of those fancy types with moving parts. But did you know that you can easily clean your car speakers using items found at home? If you want your car speakers to last, then you have to regularly clean them. But how do you clean your car speakers? To clean car speakers, use a microfiber cloth with water and a can of compressed air. First, use the compressed air to remove dust from the speakers, then continue with the wet microfiber cloth.


What Will you need to Clean Car Speakers?

You don’t need to buy new equipment. The equipment you have at home is enough to clean your car speakers. To clean your car speakers, you will need several things. These are as follows.

  1. Masking tape — to cover your stereo system properly.
  2. Water — you will need to clean the speakers thoroughly.
  3. Microfiber cloth
  4. Small Vacuum Cleaner — to clean your speaker dust
  5. Mild Detergent

If you have any of these at home, cleaning speakers will become simple. However, you do not have to spend a fortune on good quality cloths or brushes if you don’t have any.


Cleaning Fabric Car Speaker Grills

In order to clean the speaker you must remove the speaker grill. One way to do this is to lie it on a flat surface, like a table or a desk. A second way to do this is to vacuum it with a brush.. If you don’t have a dust brush, you can hold one of your fingers over the vacuum hose while vacuuming. This will help prevent a powerful vacuum from pulling and stretching a fragile grill cover.


Once you’ve finished vacuuming, you can clean it further by sprinkling a dry cleaning powder on the grill. The best dry cleaning powder for this kind of cleaning is one containing liquefied petroleum gas. Wear a face mask first, then spray the grill evenly with the cleaning powder. Let it dry, and your grill will be as good as new.

If you have fabric-covered speakers, you’ll love this new product. It’s a dry cleaning spray that will leave your speaker covers looking brand new. It absorbs dirt and oil, and it won’t shrink fabric. Soak your clothing in a solution of denatured alcohol and naphtha instead of dry cleaner spray.

If the grill is dirty, wet cleaning it will be easier than dry cleaning. Mix a mild detergent in warm water. Use a soft cloth ( Microfiber Cloth ). Do not use a rough cloth or sponge. Gently wipe the grill with the cloth to clean it.

Remember to rinse it using a cloth and pure water. Allow the speaker to dry before putting the fabric back on.


Cleaning Plastic or Metallic Speaker Grills

The car speaker with removable grills can be cleaned in a sink. First, use a sponge or microfiber cloth on the front and back of the grills. Then, wash both sides of the grills in the sink.


Clean the speaker cover with a mild detergent. Scrub off dirt and grime first, then rinse it with water. You may use a towel to dry it faster, but be careful since the grill is made of plastic and can bend easily. Once you have cleaned the grill, give it time to dry before attaching it back to your car speaker.


Cleaning Non-Removable Speaker Grills

If you can’t clean the grill on your car speaker, use a lint roller. If you can’t get a lint roller, use compressed air. Don’t use a rag to clean your car speaker grill. It will push dirt further into the speaker and make it harder to clean.

You can also vacuum the grill. However, you should make sure that your vacuum cleaner has an attachment for upholstery. It will remove dirt and dust. Avoid wet cleaning your grill on non-removable grills, as it can seep into the speaker.

Cleaning the speaker grills will extend their life. Furthermore, it will help keep dust out of the speaker itself. Another benefit is that a clean grill allows speakers to project sound properly. You may want to be careful—you don’t want to damage your car with a dirty grill.


How to clean speaker cone?

  1. Get rid of the dust by using a cloth.
  2. Vacuum the speaker with a low wattage vacuum cleaner to remove the dust particles that are stuck to the speaker cone.
  3. Use a cotton brush to get rid of stubborn dirt from the speaker cone. You must not use the brush aggressively as it may damage the speaker cone.


To clean your speaker, start by blowing it with compressed air to remove any dust particles that may be stuck. Then, use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe away the remaining moisture in the woofer cones. Make sure to dry the cones after cleaning. Only use microfiber because some speaker are very delicate and can scratch easily.


How to clean plastic speaker cones?

  1. Gently spray some warm water onto it with a spray bottle.
  2. Rub it with some soap and water, or even just with a bit of dishwashing liquid for a quick clean.
  3. Use a soft cloth to wipe it down.

Sometimes you get stickers on the plastic part of your speaker. Don’t use metal objects or your nails to remove them. You can use nail polish remover to gently take them off.


How to clean subwoofers?

Microfiber cloth is not the best choice for cleaning subwoofers. It can be too gentle and cause damage to the speakers. A heavy-duty, but soft cleaning equipment is better for this delicate part of your audio system.

I use an OPOLAR vacuum cleaner to clean my subwoofers. The OPOLAR vacuum cleaner is perfect for cleaning the dirt on the woofer cones’ surface. I choose this method because it is easy and quick.

Be careful when you’re cleaning your speakers. Don’t apply too much vacuum pressure, or your cones will be damaged. If you have an old vacuum cleaner at home, use that to clean your speakers. A soft sucking brush should be enough to get the job done.


How to clean the rubber surround?

When cleaning the speaker, do not touch the cone (the middle part). Instead, clean the edges, which are made of foam or thin butyl rubber. To clean the edges, use the microfiber cloth and Sonax Rubber Protectant. When finished, wipe the rubber dry with a microfiber cloth.

Sonax will protect the rubber and make it more elastic. This will extend the lifetime of the speaker.


How to clean tweeters?

1. Simply use a slightly damp cloth while cleaning, being careful to avoid damaging the tweeter or grill.
2. You can also use compressed air to clean them.
3. As a last resort you can use isopropyl alcohol on a cotton swab.



By keeping your speakers clean, you can increase the longevity of your sound system and also keep your car looking new. This blog will give you the tools you need to clean your car speakers easily.



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