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How to properly care for your pleather earpads(Guide)

post #1 of 13
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As comfortable as they may not be, pleather is one of the most commonly used materials for headphone ear pads; it can be a devil to take care of, but with some simple guidance, it can be made to last longer.(skip the next couple paragraphs to get straight to some tips on how to care for the pleather)

A classic case of how pleather ear pads can be short lived is through a headphone many recommend to newcomers- the ATH-M50. These have pleather pads, so as such, they make you sweat after extended periods of time, and, unless taken care of, can crack within a few months of purchase. There are some velour alternatives that will fit the M50, one of which is the most common(it was a DT-something headphone. I do remember reading about it at some point, but I don't remember the exact name. I think it was 250? If someone can confirm this in a post that'd be great) that is around $30(USD), and recently, is somewhat difficult to find, so it isn't very practical to get.

However, this could save you a lot of new $10 pad purchases if you choose to simply buy new M50 pads. But, the reason most will have to get new ones is a common problem: they don't take care of them! The non-care will cause them to get hard, and eventually, crack, which is what will normally force most to get new pads.

So, what causes this cracking? There are a few common reasons:

1. Sweating when wearing for long periods of time/in a hot area
2. Not using leather protector
3. The headband isn't stretched(this puts extra pressure on the pads, makes you sweat easier)

Now, these can all be helped to some effect.

If your sweating can't be helped, like if your environment has to be warm or it can't be helped, at someplace like work, take them off about every hour and take a break for five minutes or so. Be sure to wipe them off on your pants or something similar before you put them back on. Wiping them off once in a while is a good idea anyway, but especially in warm environments.

Not using leather protector can be stopped simply by, well, using leather protector! Most "finished leather" protectors will work; just spray it, spread it, whatever it needs you to do, onto the pads, and it'll work! It'll protect against the extra force if you headband isn't stretched and also protects against a bit of sweat.

Stretch the headband! Typically, adjusting the headphone to your comfort-size and stretching it across the box it comes in over-night will stretch it quite well. Make sure to stretch it across the longer-length part of the box. If it won't fit on that one, obviously, use the other side. It isn't a good idea to use just one box, however; if you get some smaller on-ear 'phones and you try and stretch it on a over-ear 'phones' box, it'll stretch too much and they'll be too big for your head! This also applies as a general headphone wellbeing tip and should help the comfort a bit!

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... and there you have it! My pleather care guide! Hopefully this helps anyone having a bit of troubles with the doomed pleather ear pads. Obviously, velour makes a much better headphone pad, but some don't have velour pads that fit it(or even pads that fit from a different headphone), so the pleather pads are a non-option.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. And, does anyone know what DT headphone's pads fit the M50? I really want to say the DT250's pads are what fit, but I'm not certain.
post #2 of 13

How about you don't drag them against the pavement. I still have my retired HD201 that's seen better days and the pads are still like new. And if you've had the hd201, you know how thin the pleather is.

 

Just replace them when they get old and used.

 

Or make real Pleather pads that will last you a lifetime. The fabric store sells some nice material for padding that will last a LONG time.

post #3 of 13

question about the spray, will it agitate the skin? 

post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by sinphase View Post

question about the spray, will it agitate the skin? 


It shouldn't. Remember, this is the same stuff designed for things like car seats, so that'd be a pretty faulty product if you ask me.
post #5 of 13

Funny this came up I was just cleaning the pads and bands ( leather I guess ) on some phones with a tiny bit distilled water on a microfibre cloth. Just barely damp. I guess the conditioning effects of proper wipes should be the best route though.

 

They also come in those tubes of individual wipes you pull out which might be easier. or at least another method instead of spray. I find those easier for the couches and car anyhow. Thanks for the reminder I need to go get some tonight.smile.gif


Edited by nick n - 6/12/11 at 6:24pm
post #6 of 13

You can also apply deodorant to your ears nose and face region.  tongue.gif

post #7 of 13

the best fix I've found is to use acoustically transparent sanitary covers...can't really be used outside, though...but no more filthy earpads /o/

post #8 of 13

Not to cause trouble, but we don't all sweat the same. smile.gif  Over forty-five years in headphones, I've had pretty good luck with ear pad deterioration.  Since my head sweats big time when I'm warm, I've got to think that my sweat must not react so much with the pleather and other materials.  But I've known guys who could rust metal overnight with a touch of their hand.  So, maybe, it's got something to do with the component nature of your perspiration?

post #9 of 13

I know a guy whose kid touched the trunk of his car on a warm day and his fingerprints are actually imprinted now, they have corroded the stock paint to death huh confused_face_2.gif

 

This said, I'm still happy with those thin sanitary covers on headphones happy_face1.gif

 

Beyer sell thicker ones, but I'm afraid these would really muffle the sound.

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Originally Posted by leeperry View Post

I know a guy whose kid touched the trunk of his car on a warm day and his fingerprints are actually imprinted now, they have corroded the stock paint to death huh confused_face_2.gif

This said, I'm still happy with those thin sanitary covers on headphones happy_face1.gif

Beyer sell thicker ones, but I'm afraid these would really muffle the sound.

Hi, can you give me a link to these sanitary covers. Thanks.
post #11 of 13

Amazon and scansound.com.

post #12 of 13
Thanks
post #13 of 13

Hi! I tried putting some leather food/protector on my m50's and immediately they turned pretty rock solid and are more or less super uncomfortable to wear now. I am going to buy new earpads, but why is it that you recommend putting leather protector on pleather? Pleather doesn't soak much of it up anyways, and everywhere else I have read has told me that putting protector on pleather earpads is a no-no.

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