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[ATH M50] A nightmare to clean [HELP]

post #1 of 8
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Hello, people. I'm in need of assistance. Below are links to a few pictures of my white Audio Technica M50s.

 

http://puu.sh/1q3VC

 

http://puu.sh/1q3W5

 

http://puu.sh/1q3Wa

 

http://puu.sh/1q3Wi

 

Yes, it is very disgusting to look at, hence why I only use it at home. I need help on cleaning it. I don't know what material it's made of, but a wet tissue isn't enough to get rid of... whatever that is. I assume it's just hair and dirt but it could very well be something far worse. Any help on ideas on how to clean it properly would be appreciated.

 

I really should have gotten a black one.

post #2 of 8
Take some duck tape and use it to remove the grime (you use the sticky part against the headphones, it should grab and remove whatever that mess is). Looks like lint to me (based on the pictures). Duck tape will pick that up and take it off (you can also use this trick on other garments and fabric as well; it doesn't have to be duck tape, it can be masking tape, painter's tape, etc; duck tape is just the "best" in most cases).

If that black stuff actually has some "embedded texture" though (As in, it's "part" of the headband), and isn't just lint, it (and wait for it) could be black mold or some other growth (that's pleather or some other semi-porous material afterall, and if you're profusely sweating into it, or have poor hygiene, or both, that's perfect conditions for all sorts of fun new friends to grow). In which case I'm gonna say it's time to get new headphones.
post #3 of 8

Put on some latex/vinyl gloves and mix 2tbsp baking soda and 2tbsp chlorine bleach in a small non-porous bowl. Get a handkerchief/rag/cloth (but not a thin tissue) and dab it in the mixture, then rub it gently around the grimy areas. Household name for the mixture is "Soft Scrub", and it will help remove grime better than soap etc. It would also kill mold and remove odors. I wouldn't recommend the bleach unless the material were white, which in this case it is. Should work fine. Wipe down gently with water after cleaning.

 

And wash your head, and vacuum your house more wink.gif


Edited by soundstige - 11/14/12 at 1:51am
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I don't have any of those things at home, so I tried the duct tape method. For the most part it got rid of the dirt (I highly doubt it's moss; I'm not THAT unhygienic), though there are some noticeable remainders. It's not looking good as new, but it is a big improvement earlier. Thanks people.

 

Also I do wash my hair everyday, and I keep the headphones in a bag when I'm not using it. If there's one thing I've learned, it's NOT to buy White headphones, lest I want to show off how seemingly unhygienic I am.


Edited by stanleyrichards - 11/14/12 at 2:14am
post #5 of 8
Question: this bag you keep them in, what's it like? It may actually be part of the problem.
post #6 of 8

It's the bag, there's no other logical explanation. 

 

On a 2nd related note, this is exactly why I stay away from white clothes, electronic devices etc as it gets too visible dirty too easily. ^^

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post

Question: this bag you keep them in, what's it like? It may actually be part of the problem.

It's just the bag that comes with the Sennheiser HD215, another pair of headphones I have. I keep it inside along with a microfiber cloth and a couple of adapters.
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Originally Posted by stanleyrichards View Post

It's just the bag that comes with the Sennheiser HD215, another pair of headphones I have. I keep it inside along with a microfiber cloth and a couple of adapters.

It might be that they're picking up lint/fuzzies/etc from the bag, or the cloth. Remember that even basic lint will stand out like a sore thumb on these.
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