Cleaning Audio-Technica Products

Please follow the instructions below to clean Audio-Technica products.

These instructions are based on general hygiene guidelines from the CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov), but they should not be understood as an effective means of disinfecting surfaces to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please consult the proper agencies or specialists for such information.

 

The following guidelines present ways to remove grime and prevent the growth of germs on product surfaces.
・These cleaning methods are more thorough than those listed in product instruction manuals. If followed correctly, these methods will not harm the functioning of a product, but may cause some cosmetic changes, such as discoloration of the product surface.
・Warranty is not provided for any physical changes in exterior parts due to these cleaning methods or any defects due to incorrect cleaning.
・Please wear latex gloves, face mask, and safety goggles while cleaning to prevent allergic reaction or infection from contaminated surfaces.
・Clean only the exterior parts of products. However, before cleaning, please read the instructions below for complete details. Please do not disassemble products for cleaning.
・Please do not clean contact points/terminals/connectors. Doing so may lead to product failure or damage.

Recommended cleaning solutions

#1) Cleaning solution with detergent: Dissolve disinfectant soap or dishwashing detergent in water so that it is around 0.5% of the mix (1 teaspoon of soap per
quart of water).

#2) Cleaning solution with alcohol: Dissolve ethyl or isopropyl alcohol in water so that the alcohol is 70% of the mix, or use off-the-shelf 70% isopropyl alcohol.

* Do not use detergent intended for cleaning laundry, toilets or kitchen extractor fans, which might damage products. Before the cleaning, check precautions and proper uses of detergent/solvent to be dissolved.
* Solution #2 is flammable.
* For both solutions #1 & #2, prepare only the needed amount each time you clean and use it up. Do not store any leftover solution.
* Keep away from small children to avoid accidental swallowing.

Basic cleaning method

#1) Cleaning solution with detergent
・Dip a soft cloth into the cleaning solution, wring out excess liquid, and wipe the surface of the product with the cloth.

#2) Cleaning solution with alcohol
・Place the cleaning solution in a clean spray container, spray the solution onto a soft cloth, and wipe the surface of the product with the cloth.

“Common process” after cleaning with #1 or #2
・Wipe the cleaned surface with a soft cloth that’ s been wetted with water and wrung out.
・Wipe up moisture on the surface with a soft dry cloth and allow surface to dry thoroughly.
* Please do not spray or apply cleaning solution directly to products. Doing so may cause the products to malfunction.
* When using the solution with alcohol, provide sufficient ventilation and do not ignite a flame while cleaning.
* Use alcohol-resistant container for the solution with alcohol.

Examples of cleaning by types of products

Microphones
・Head case/Grip/Microphone base: Use either solution #1 or #2 for cleaning. After cleaning, follow the “common process” for wiping up shown above.
◆When cleaning condenser microphones, take extra care not to let any moisture get inside.
・External windscreen: Use solution #1 to clean after removing the windscreen from the head case. Soak the windscreen in solution #1 and rub it softly. Use a dry cloth to absorb the moisture and dry the windscreen thoroughly.
・Cables: Use solution #1 for cleaning. After cleaning, follow the “common process” for wiping up shown above.
・Conference system microphones with LED light: Use solution #1 for cleaning. After cleaning, follow the “common process” for wiping up shown above.

Headphones
・Earpad/Headband pad: Use solution #1 for cleaning. After cleaning, follow the “common process” for wiping up shown above.
◆To avoid any possible damage to earpad and headband pad, do not use cleaning solution with alcohol.
・Eartip: Use either solution #1 or #2 for cleaning. After cleaning, follow the “common process” for wiping up shown above.
・Foam earpad without surface skin: Refer to the cleaning method for a microphone’ s external windscreen.
・Cables: Use solution #1 for cleaning. After cleaning, follow the “common process” for wiping up shown above.
・Exterior parts other than those mentioned above: Clean exterior surface with a soft cloth that’ s been wetted with water and wrung out. After cleaning, follow the “common process” for wiping up shown above.
◆To avoid possible damage, please do not apply any cleaning solutions to plastic parts.

Wireless Microphone Systems (Microphones/Receivers/Other Accessories)
・Use solution #1 for cleaning. After cleaning, follow the “common process” for wiping up shown above.
However, clean the following parts only with a soft cloth that’ s been wetted with water and wrung out.
◆Parts which are always under stress, such as spring-loaded clamps.
◆Display panels and sync windows on microphones and receivers.
* Please refer to “basic cleaning method” for cleaning any other exterior parts not listed above.

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