Keeping your equipment clean and sanitized is more important than ever, so we went directly to the manufacturers for the best advice. General advice for each category is below with specific recommendations and links where appropriate.
Most electronics, including transmitters, receivers, recorders, and mixers, can be safely cleaned and sanitized with a sanitizing wipe. The wipe can either be a pre-treated with disinfectant or treated yourself with disinfecting spray or a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution. 70% isopropyl alcohol is the preferred cleaner to use as it evaporates slower from the disinfected surface, making it more efficient than 91% or 99% alcohol. Use disposable, lint-free cloths, wipes (such as these), or cotton swabs and avoid reusing these items.
Be careful not to allow excess liquid into the device through buttons, screens, or other seams. Make sure the wipe is only damp and not soaked.
If possible, remove power source or battery from device before cleaning.
Do not use products containing bleach or heavy solutions, such as acetone, for cleaning.
Avoid abrasive cleaning tools, such as a scrub brush or scouring pad. A soft toothbrush can be used to remove dirt and particles from around buttons and other hard to reach areas.
Some manufacturers are testing UV rays as a disinfecting method.. We'll update once there's some expert consensus at effective ways at killing the virus without harming your equipment. Be careful of online scams.
Please note that these tips may not apply to every piece of gear. Be careful and use your discretion when cleaning equipment.
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Microphone cleaning instructions vary widely, based on their water resistance, whether the grills are removable, etc. Please consult the list below for your individual microphone.
For wiping a microphone with disinfectant, the same general principle applies as other electronics. Use disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, or a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution. 70% Isopropyl alcohol is the preferred cleaner to use as it evaporates slower from the disinfected surface, making it more efficient than 91% or 99% alcohol. Use disposable, lint-free cloths, wipes, or cotton swabs and avoid reusing these items.
Do not use heavy solutions, such as acetone, for cleaning.
A soft toothbrush can be used to remove dirt and particles from around buttons and other hard to reach areas.
Dynamic Microphones with Fixed Grilles: Cleaning must be done more carefully for microphones that do not have removable grilles. Using a damp toothbrush, hold the microphone upside down and very gently scrub the grille. Holding the mic upside down will prevent excess moisture from leaking into the microphone cartridge. This technique is also useful for cleaning the foam that covers the diaphragm inside an SM58. Again, keep the mic upside down, and be very gentle.
Condenser Microphones with Fixed Grilles: Never use water or any other liquid on a condenser microphone. For hygiene purposes, a removable external foam windscreen is advised, which can be removed and cleaned with soap and water.
Wind protection cleaning instructions vary widely. Please consult the list below for your individual gear. If your wind protection cannot be sanitized, setting it aside for several days will kill most viruses.
Other furs and fabrics: Hand wash with a generous load of soap or washing powder in lukewarm water and rinse lightly with clean water afterwards. Hang dry overnight; using a hair dryer is not recommended, but a very low temperature one should be all right. Furs should be brushed after drying.
Schoeps: Plastic and other solid windscreens can be cleaned and sanitized with disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, or with a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution. Foam can be hand washed with warm water and mild detergent and dried at up to 70°. (More info)
Sennheiser: Foam windscreens can be hand washed in lukewarm water using a degreasing detergent. (More info)
Shure: Foam windscreens can be hand washed in soap and water. Make sure the foam dries completely before replacing on the microphone.
Voice Technology: Cleaning is not recommended for Voice Technology windscreens.
Disinfectant or isoprophyl alcohol is not recommended for some cables as it can will make rubber and silicon brittle and age it prematurely. Soap and water is a better solution and a product such as Goo-Gone or Goof Off can be used to remove tougher residue. If you really need to disinfect a cable, conditioning it with an organic oil (such as olive or coconut), can help fight the damage caused by the disinfectant.
The metal and plastic parts are generally easy to clean, but the soft parts (like pads and foam) have a lot more restrictions.
Bag cleaning instructions vary widely. Please consult the manufacturer's website, manual, or the list below for your individual gear.
Strap cleaning instructions vary widely. Please consult the list below for your individual gear. Machine wash only with specific instructions. In a pinch, setting it aside for several days will kill most viruses.
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