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