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Find out how to keep your headset [básico sobre fones]

Source: thewirecutter (by Kyle Fitzgerald)Source: thewirecutter (by Kyle Fitzgerald)

Many people often lose their headphones due to some kind of defect or wear. Most of the time, this occurs in a matter of a year or even months. However, this type of problem can be considerably mitigated by simply caring for your headset.

With this in mind, we will discuss some techniques for organizing, cleaning and preserving headphones. The content illustrated here is based on a decade of experience with headphones, where through exchanges of ideas in forums, groups, communities, in addition to the daily routine of caring for my own, I learned the best ways to preserve them.

How to store your headset

The first thing we have to worry about before storing the headphones, is to know how to organize your cable so that it does not become strained.

The more bent the cable is, with very small angles, the worse it will be for the internal wires and the easier it will be to cause a break. When the wires in a cable break or partially break, the headset has poor contact or will even stop working on one side.

The best method for organizing your phone cables is the "roadie wrap", which I demonstrate through the short video below.

In addition to organizing the cable, it is important to secure it so that it does not bend easily when being transported.

Generally, strips with velcro, called "Wire Winder Cable" or strips with magnets at the ends, called "Magnetic Wire Winder Cable" are used to secure the cable.

Anker Wire Winder CableAnker Wire Winder Cable

Zero Audio Magnetic Wire Winder CableZero Audio Magnetic Wire Winder Cable
  • In-ear and earbuds (portable)

To store this type of headphones, the best way to place it in small hard boxes called "cases" or "Earphone Storage Case". It is important to consider its shape and volume, because the thinner and smaller it is, the easier it is to keep in your pocket.

Zero Audio CaseZero Audio Case
Altoids candy jar - Perfect for storing headphonesAltoids candy jar – Perfect for storing headphones
  • Headphones and On ears (limited portability)

Since they are large headphones, you can store them in two ways. The first of them is fixed, made to be placed on a table, which are the supports or "headphone stands" that can have different ways to support the headset.

Stand made of wood in Ohm formatStand made of wood in Ohm format
Woo Audio Headphone StandWoo Audio Headphone Stand

The second forms a headphone box or headphone case, which usually has a wing on the end.

GEEKRIA Headphone CaseGEEKRIA Headphone Case

How to clean your headset

Depending on the type of headset, different cleaning procedures are required. Check below how to perform the cleaning.

To clean the in-ear headphones, we will use a flannel, a milk jug, a plastic pot, a coconut bar soap and a paper towel.

Materials used for cleaning in-ear headphonesMaterials used for cleaning in-ear headphones

Follow the steps below:

1 – Remove the eartips (silicone tips) from the in-ear headset;

2 – Pass the tip of the flannel moistened with water on the body of the phone and then pass the dry part to make the most of excess water possible;

3 – Heat the water in the dairy until it is warm;

4 – Pour the warm water into the plastic pot and stir the coconut bar soap into the water for about 3 or 4 seconds. Note: do not leave the soap inside the pot with water;

5 – Place the eartips (silicone tips) in the warm water, which was mixed with the soap, and let it soak for 5 minutes;

6 – Remove the eartips (silicone tips) and rinse with pure warm water (without soap);

7 – Dry the excess water from the eartips (silicone tips) with the flannel and let it dry naturally on the paper towel. This must be done because the water gets stuck in the grooves of the eartips;

Structure of an in-ear phoneStructure of an in-ear phone

To avoid excess wax in the eartip (silicone tip) of the earphone or dirt in the region of the nozle (mouthpiece to get the sound out) a tool called "Hearing Aid cleaning tool" is used, which you can check below. very common to find it inside custom in-ear headphones cases. The "Hearing Aid cleaning tool" is generally sold in hearing aid stores and / or clinics.

Hearing Aid cleaning toolHearing Aid cleaning tool
Hearing Aid cleaning toolHearing Aid cleaning tool
Using the tool to remove dirt inside the eartipUsing the tool to remove dirt inside the eartip

As earbuds headphones stay with your body (house) in contact with the ear, we will have to perform cleaning differently, compared to in-ear headphones.

We will need a flannel, a dairy and a coconut bar soap.

Materials used for cleaning earbud headphonesMaterials used for cleaning earbud headphones

Follow the steps below:

1 – Remove the foams that cover the earbuds;

2 – Heat the water in the dairy until it is warm;

3 – Pour the warm water into the plastic pot and stir the coconut bar soap into the water for about 3 or 4 seconds. Note: do not leave the soap inside the pot with water;

4 – Soak the tip of the flannel in the soapy water and gently pass the body of the headset (house);

5 – Wet another end of the flannel with clean water (without soap) and pass it through the body of the headset (house) until all the soap is removed;

6 – Dry the excess water from the headset with the dry part of the flannel and then let it dry naturally;

Use brushes with soft bristles and a flannel to remove all dust from the headphone or on-ear. If you see any apparent dirt, moisten the flannel, wipe the area and then dry.

Materials used for cleaningMaterials used for cleaning

If the pads are made of smooth fabric or velvet and are very dirty or stained, you can choose to wash them (if they are removable). For this we will need a milk jug, a toothbrush and coconut bar soap.

1 – Remove the pads from your headphone (if they are removable);

2 – Heat the water in the dairy until it is warm;

3 – Pour the warm water into the plastic pot and stir the coconut bar soap into the water for about 3 or 4 seconds. Note: do not leave the soap inside the pot with water;

5 – Place the pads (pads) in the warm water, which has been mixed with the soap, and rub them gently for 1 minute. The toothbrush can be used at this time if any dirt is difficult to remove.

6 – Wash the pads (pads) with pure cold water (without soap) until all the soap residue is removed.

7 – Squeeze the pads to remove excess water.

8 – To dry you can choose to dry naturally in the shade by hanging on the clothesline or using a hair dryer.

How to store your headphone

For the pads of your headphone to last, it is interesting to take some precautions. The first one, regardless of the material, is the use of a towel to avoid the contact of sweat with the pads.

Towel to prevent sweatTowel to prevent sweat

The second factor to keep your headphone pads better is to keep them clean. When the material of the velvet pad, There are two cleaning methods recommended by reader Renato Nakin that have proven to be efficient. To make the first one, we will need a packing tape (wide durex) and a soft toothbrush. Follow the steps:

1 – Remove the pads from your headphone (if they are removable).

2 – Pass the toothbrush to remove excess dirt.

3 – Cut 4 pieces of ribbon with a length of 12 to 15 cm.

4 – Make a circle with each piece of tape forming a ring (with the adhesive part, which has the glue, out).

5 – Take one of the rings of tape and go sticking the dirt that is on the pads until it doesn't stick anymore.

6 – Repeat the process with the other rings until no dirt is stuck.

7 – Pass the toothbrush again so that no dirt remains.

1 - Dirty pad pads before cleaning; 2 - Clean pads with durex tape; 3- Pads with Karpex cleaning and fabric softener. Photo by: Renato Nakin1 – Dirty pad pads before cleaning; 2 – Clean pads with durex tape; 3- Pads with Karpex cleaning and fabric softener. Photo by: Renato Nakin

The second method is more severe and should be done with a longer interval, as it will remove practically all the dirt, sweat and bad smell from the pads. To do this we will need Karpex, fabric softener, brush, soft toothbrush. Follow the steps:

1 – Remove the pads from your headphone (if they are removable).

2 – Dip the brush bristles in and spread on the pads.

3 – Leave the karpex for 10 minutes on the pads.

4 – Place the pads in a pot (fabric facing downwards) with warm water until they cover the fabric of the pads and squeeze and release the pads approximately 10x to take the product well.

5 – Repeat step 4 with cold, clean water.

6 – Place the pads in a pot (fabric facing down) with cold water and softener until it covers the fabric of the pads.

7 – Place the pads in cold, clean water to remove the product.

8 – Squeeze the pads well, taking as much water as possible.

9 – Place the pads to dry in a shady, dry and ventilated place.

10 – After the pads are dry, pass the toothbrush.

In the case of pads made with smooth fabric or leather, it is interesting to pass the tip of the flannel moistened with water to remove excess dust and residue. Then the dry part must be ironed to absorb the excess water. But if this method doesn't work, use neutral soap, but for that we have to follow some steps:

Materials used: sprayer (used in gardens), loofah (used in the kitchen), neutral detergent (used for washing dishes), flannel.

1 – Remove the pads from your headphone (if they are removable);

2 – Fill the sprayer with 200ml of water and 1 spoon of neutral detergent.

3 – Shake the mixture and apply very slowly and v rubbing with the loofah, carefully, on the surface of the pads.

4 – Wipe with a cloth moistened with pure water until all the soap residue is removed from the pad.

5 – Dry the pad with the dry part of the flannel as much as possible and let it dry in the shade.

Moisturizer and flannel to pass the pads and brushes to remove dustMoisturizer and flannel to pass the pads and brushes to remove dust

When the material of the leather pad (natural, not synthetic), it is recommended to moisturize it twice a year to prevent dryness. To perform the procedure we will need a flannel and a moisturizer suitable for leather such as, for example, Meguiars Gold Class (expensive to be imported, but has a good performance) and TecClean (good option if you can't spend a lot). Follow the steps below to perform the procedure:

1 – Remove the pads from your headphone (if they are removable);

2 – Remove all dust from the pads with the flannel;

3 – Apply the moisturizer to the flannel (do not apply directly to the pads and use a small amount)

4 – Perform circular movements without pressing too much until no more waste / excess remains.

The moisturizer has the purpose of hydrating the leather and forming a protective layer so that it does not dry out so easily. The biggest enemies of leather pads are exposure to the sun, drying out by the use of air conditioning and sweat.

Do you suggest?

If you use any other cleaning technique for your headset or store it differently, comment below and help improve this tutorial by collaborating with the dissemination of knowledge.

This tutorial made in partnership with the High-End Headphones Group:

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