How to Preserve AirPods' Mesh While Cleaning

How to Preserve AirPods' Mesh While Cleaning

Preserving your AirPods and keeping them clean is important to ensure their optimal performance and longevity, particularly the speaker mesh where dirt and earwax tend to accumulate, muffling sound quality.

This guide will walk you through the best practices for cleaning your AirPods’ speaker mesh, ensuring it remains in top condition and without the risk of damaging it. We’ll explore in detail the essential tools, affecting cleaning techniques, and how to maintain your AirPods health long-term.

Exploring the AirPods' Speaker Mesh

The speaker mesh on AirPods is typically made from finely woven metal or metal alloy. It plays a vital role in making sure clear audio is delivered by protecting the internal components from dust and debris while simultaneously allowing sound to pass through unimpeded. Over time, this mesh can collect particles that not only block and degrade sound quality but can also potentially harm the speakers if they’re not cleaned properly.

Understanding the structure and vulnerability of the mesh is essential for maintaining your earbud device’s performance and ensuring it continues to deliver high-quality sound without interruption.

Essential Tools for Speaker Mesh Care

To effectively clean your AirPods’ speaker mesh, you’ll need the right tools that clean without risking the causes of damage, most of the tools mentioned can be found in your home. Essential items include:

  • Soft-Bristled Brush
  • Line-Free Cloth
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Isopropyl Alcohol (70%) - Use sparingly with a cloth or swap for sanitizing.

Tactical Guide for Cleaning Your Speaker Mesh

To clean your AirPods’ speaker mesh effectively and safely, follow this procedure below:

  1. Dry Cleaning Start
    Begin by gently brushing the speaker mesh with a soft-bristled brush to remove loose dirt and dust.
  2. Targeted Swabbing
    Use the dry cotton swab to carefully clean around the edges of the mesh, where dust, earwax, and other impurities accumulate.
  3. Moist Cleaning
    Alternatively, if you’re looking to sanitize your AirPods you can opt to use isopropyl alcohol (70%) for the speaker mesh to tackle stubborn grime. To do this ensure your cotton swabs are slightly damped with the solution and not wet to ensure it doesn’t soak through to the electronics. Then lightly dab (not rub) the grime around the mesh.
  4. Drying
    If you’re using a liquid solution for deep disinfecting or sanitizing use a dry lint-free cloth to remove any excess moisture then allow your AirPods to air dry completely before using them to ensure no moisture can damage the internal components upon reactivation.

Tackling Hardened Buildups with the Hybuds Pen

The curved corners encapsulating the speaker mesh of AirPods can prove to be challenging to clean especially if you’re using conventional methods like cotton swabs. Due to their blunt ends, cotton swabs often fail to effectively clear these hard-to-reach areas leaving behind hardened buildups that compromise sound quality. 

In these instances, the Hybuds Pen offers a more precise and effective solution for ensuring thorough cleaning without damage. It features a precision metal tip that effectively removes buildup from the curved corners around the speaker mesh. Additionally, its dense brush is perfect for gently sweeping away any loose debris adhering to the mesh. For the AirPods case, the soft sponge end of the Hybuds Pen can be used to thoroughly clean the case interior without risking damage to the delicate charging components. This ensures that no impurities interfere with the charging functionality, therefore safeguarding your device’s longevity and performance.

Preventive Measures to Reduce Mesh Buildup

Proper storage of your AirPods is also crucial, when not in use make sure they’re placed back in their casing and not in your pockets or elsewhere that can catch dust and other impurities. 

When handling and using your Airpods also ensure you’re hands are clean. Most people aren’t mindful that their hands and fingers touch other things like food or uncleaned or unsanitized surfaces before they go to touch their audio devices after.

Another point to mention to minimize buildup on your AirPods’ speaker mesh is opting to regularly wipe it with a dry microfiber cloth, especially after usage to catch debris such as your earwax before it hardens and becomes more difficult to clean. Be aware that frequent usage of your AirPods will require more routine cleaning to maintain optimal performance. For a deeper dive into maintaining your AirPods over time, consider reading our guide on establishing a cleaning routine for long-term AirPods health.


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