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Purchased New Monitors - Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Postby Augie » Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:31 pm

Hello, SOS community - long time listener, first time caller.

I've just bought a pair of Rokit 5's (Gen 1 - square) off of Craigslist - got the pair for $140. Great deal, and when I had corresponded with the guy earlier, he said that they "had no smoke damage" when I asked whether he smoked around them.

Stepped into his house (with a friend - no Craigslist murders for me, please), and was immediately hit by the smell of smoke. Ah well - for $140, I'll take them either way. I haven't rigged them up at home yet, but they do smell a bit like cigarette smoke. My question for the community is - how can I go about cleaning these monitors to ensure that they last, and safely do away with the smell?


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Re: Purchased New Monitors - Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Postby SafeandSound Mastering » Sat Jul 13, 2013 2:00 pm

Hiya, I would probably leave the actual diaphragm of the tweeter alone and don't be tempted touch it. Make sure the power is off and mains leads are removed. Take a cotton cloth and assuming the outer surface of the speaker is laminate plastic or "plasticcy" or acrylic paint use warm water and add a little detergent 2 drops of washing up liquid and test one section at the back to see if any adverse effects occur. If they are ok in 24 hours then give them the once over with a damp cloth. (dunked in the water with a little of the soap suds in) Be sensible and gentle when cleaning, with the mains power off and no mains electricity cords connected.

What is the driver made of ? They vary a lot so if it is plastic or some kind of polymer then no harm should come with a damp cloth and a little detergent. Make a common sense decision. Don't start scrubbing woofer foam surrounds with a cloth but being extremely gentle and a damp cloth should not cause harm but don't put detergent on foam surrounds. (and leave the tweeter diaphragm alone)

Hopefully it should get the worst off.

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