Stop sharing your microphone. But if you do, cleaning your microphone is the courteous thing to do.
Cleaning your microphone is necessary to avoid spreading germs that may live on the mic or windscreen, but also when makeup or tape residue start to build up and adhere to the boom. This helps with aesthetics and is also more comfortable for the user. Rubbing alcohol or citrus based oil are great for cleaning your headworn microphone, lavaliere microphone, and even your EMBRACE microphone.
Gently wipe down the microphone spending extra effort on areas with extra build up. Care has to be taken to not let the element get wet if the product is not rated as waterproof. Makeup can build up in the element aperture reducing high frequency performance. Do not use a pin, compressed air, paperclips are anything else to clean this out. Our CO-8 products are waterproof (look for the “W” in the part no.) and can be cleaned using an ultrasonic cleaner to clear obstructions. Always contact the manufacturer for suggestions on how to clear any foreign objects blocking the element.
Difficult to disinfect microphones completely
They have some inaccessible places where germs can hide, which are difficult to clean without damaging the mic. But there are some precautions that you can take to reduce the risk of spreading anything around:
Here are some tips for handling Point Source microphones. Be aware that because our CO-8 omni mics are IP 57 waterproof rated, these practices may not apply to all mics so do check with each manufacturer.
1. All of our mic booms and cables can be cleaned with an alcohol swab.
2. With the SERIES8 omni elements, you can further put these into a sonic bath for about 2-3 minutes. Do not submerse the CR-8 cardioid element as these elements are not waterproof.
3. Additionally, use a NEW windscreen every time the mic is used.
4. Offer a personal mic as an option for a pastor or frequent public speaker. Our interchangeable X-connectors make it possible for them to have several terminations for whatever wireless packs they may encounter.
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