Headsets have always been the perfect accessory whenever I want to fully immerse myself in what I am listening to. Since they provide full ear coverage, I find myself being able to hear audio very clearly.
Like many users, I am ashamed to admit that I have neglected to properly care for my headphones. It was only until I started experiencing some discomfort while using them and when I realized I was no longer getting the best output that I began to take more notice on how to clean headset pads.
One quick glance and I knew that my headset was not only dirty but it was also starting to smell. The long hours of usage and close contact of the fabric covering the pads have managed to absorb dirt, grime, and sweat! It was already quite disgusting hence a quick clean up was in order. After some research, this is what I found to be the most effective and efficient means to clean up my set.
Begin by wiping down the external pieces. Use a dry clean piece of cloth to go over surfaces. This practice should be one right after every use. For best results, it’s advisable to select microfibre cloth to avoid causing any abrasions on surfaces. Dry wiping picks up any dust as well as any moisture from sweat absorbed by the cushions and pads.
I opted for a piece of damp cloth that I had dipped in warm soapy water. It is important to note that the cloth must not be soaking wet. Proceed by wiping the pads gently, do not rub or press hard on the cushions. Leave them to dry. Some headset models allow users to pop off the pads, you should check with your manufacturer website if this is an option.
If you find yourself reluctant to sanitize with soapy water, another option is to simply use hydrogen peroxide a common disinfectant used by those in the medical profession. If it’s good for them, then it must be good for us as well, right? Of course, it doesn’t have to be said that it is always best to heed the manufacturer’s suggestions and warnings. Better safe than sorry after all.
Use a clean q-tip to clean up nooks and crannies. Be careful when reaching into holes and jacks. I have found it easier to use swabs for makeup removal since they are designed to have a slimmer and pointier head than the typical bud.
As much as possible, avoid introducing moisture into any ports on your headset. Aside from a q-tip, I have found that a clean soft-bristled toothbrush is also a good way to remove stubborn build-up.
Since I use a headset with leather coating, it will take time to occasionally condition it. To do this, apply a nice even layer of your choice leather conditioner. These are easily found being sold along with leather goods.
Conditioning needs only to be done twice annually, or depending on the weather condition in your area. Always use a small amount when working the conditioner in. Remember that it is easier to add if needed rather than to take away when you’ve placed too much. This is a lesson I had to learn the hard way. Massage the solution all over the leather components, allow it to be absorbed, leave to dry before you store.
As a final note, headset users would benefit from regularly replacing pads. Even with proper care and storage, regular wear and tear will still occur. Cleaning them not only ensures quality audio output, it also results to better hygiene.