How to Clean Laptop Speakers? (10 Ways to Do it Like a Pro)

A flying-quick answer to this question is: There are lots of easy DIY methods you can clean up your laptop speakers including using damp Q-tips, microfiber cloth, wet wipes, mini (handheld or USB) vacuum cleaner, compressed air can, Blu-Tack adhesive, Hairdryer, toothbrush, and toothpick, etc. And finally, completely disassembling the laptop is the most effective and ultimate way to pull the job off.

Well, off a million techy HOW TOs about laptops, both their software as well hardware troubles, how to clean laptop speakers is surely one of the first ten asked [if not, eleventh].

The truth about why this matter is so primary and weighty is because of the on and on 24-7 laptop usage these days. On a trip, at a party, during snacking at the office, and even at the dining table at home, the laptop is next to us – anytime anywhere.

Said that keeping it from catching dust and dirt from those bare-to-air areas like keyboard or speakers, etc. is almost impossible. And thus, it’s one pretty normal thing finding its hollow spaces like speaker holes/grills, etc. filled and filthy with lots of multiple types of bits and crumbs.

Worrisome!!! Isn’t it? Well, not much, but it can become if you are not awake and hold it back at the right time.

Anyways, leave all the worries aside as I’ve, here, got you covered on how you can easily ditch all these uninvited guests out of such slim gaps on your laptop and keep your speakers neat.

So scroll down to find the solutions at length below.

How to Clean Laptop Speakers?

As mentioned in the firstmost paragraph, there are plenty of different ways to do the trick while bringing about such a hair-splitting job. So let us start from the simplest cures and ascend to other secondary and cost-involved approaches and discuss them in the needed details.

#1. Using Lint-Free/Microfiber Cloth or Lint Roller

While that visibly difficult blockage (due to jumbo-sized bits) in the speaker holes is, of course, a troubling thing, it’s oftentimes the accumulation of barely noticeable dirt particles on and around the speaker grills and nets creating the issues. So you need to look out for and clean these tiny holes regularly.

Well, if you are thinking of using a paper towel or any routine fabric to do this cleanup, give up on the idea.

A routine duster, etc., due to its rough texture and dust leftovers on it, will highly likely create scratches on your laptop’s body. Plus, it can never get the dirt bits completely off the surface. And you can never get 100% results with tissue paper either.

Thus, getting a clean microfiber lint-free cloth for the job is the absolute best you can do here.

Before you begin with the bath, shut down the laptop first, and remove the battery as well.

Give the grills a soft wipe with the dry lint-free fabric to eliminate the dust off the surface. Then wet the cloth, squeeze out the excess water off it, and wipe the grills again with this dank piece to chuck out all the stuck micro dirt grains and on-surface spots, etc. as well.

And lastly, a lint roller is also quite an effective solution in many cases. You only need to roll it over the grills to remove all the dirt particles and other fibers that gather on those holes. And a lint roller pretty much does away with them.

#2. Using Wet Wipes

If not a lint-free cloth, you can also use wet wipes for the purpose. While there are different types of them available in the market, you’d need to get those exclusively designed for the electronics’ cleanup purposes.

The application process is the same here too i.e. turn OFF the laptop and remove the battery first. Then simply scrub the speaker holes with a wet wipe gently to eliminate all the accumulated filth from over them.

Finally, grab a microfiber cloth to dry the area and also collect away from the dirt leftovers – if any. Turn the laptop ON only when it’s completely wiped and dry.

#3. Using a Brush – Most Likely a Toothbrush

With completely zero cost involved, a toothbrush is one perfect home remedy you must try to clean your laptop speakers. Those finely thin bristles of a toothbrush are, without doubt, the only fit guys to run across the tiny speaker holes and thoroughly do the cleanse therein.

So, first of all, get a soft-spiked brush and start by moving it gently over the grills/holes. Yeah, do a bit of care while making the strokes i.e. brush strokes must face away from the interior mesh to keep the particles from going inside the hood rather. Anyway, soon you deem you are done with it, get a wet soft (microfiber) cloth and wipe it over the grills to clean all the brush-brought filth off it.

#4. By Using Toothpicks – For Difficult/Stuck Big Crumbs

Toothpicks are great to call on if you find and can clearly see your speaker grills jammed with some macro crumbs and dirt particles. So if that’s the case, yeah, get one toothpick and poke the blocked speaker holes with it to do away with those bad-hat invaders.

You can also wrap the pick with the microfiber cloth to ensure all the gentleness while pricking – unblocking the jams. And again, once you have all of them unblocked, use a damp lint-free cloth to wipe off all the leftovers [if any] off the sieve.

#5. Using Hand-Held Vacuum – [USB Vacuum is Highly Recommended]

Another way to get rid of any hard bit that’s blocking your speaker grids is using a dust buster with moderate suction power. Well, while a handheld vacuum can be used for this purpose, I’d recommend you not to go with it. This is because its stuck-in power, probably, is gonna be more than what your laptop’s tiny components could typically stomach.

So the best idea is to get one USB vacuum which, with its moderate (ideal for such miniature cleanups) suction power, is much more practical for such purposes. But if you are going with a handheld vacuum, try staying very careful and mild with its powers.

Anyways, start by turning your laptop OFF (recommended is to remove the battery too). Then simply plug in the vacuum cleaner and hoover it blowing over the body-printed speaker grills for a minute or half.

Try placing the brush attachment on your vacuum or dust-buster as it’s gonna make it an even faultless approach i.e. the brush will dislodge the crumbs ultimately easing the job for vacuum.

Finally, when all those hard and viscid debris particles, etc. are out of their places, again take a clean and damp microfiber cloth and collect away all the filth residues from the laptop’s body.

#6. Cleaning Speakers with Hair Dryer Blows

Honestly speaking, I would probably never recommend trying this method as it might, far be, lead to some unwanted situations. Nevertheless, you can try using a hairdryer as well in case you are seeing some blockage in the speaker grills and you don’t have any second (all discussed in the article) option to lean towards.

So, begin with switching your laptop OFF and take the battery off it as well. Then turn the hairdryer ON and set it to the lowest possible heat settings. Afterward, simply waft the hairdryer over the area and let it blow the air inside the sound vents for a few seconds.

The thing while using a hairdryer for such purposes is that you must keep it at a safe distance from the laptop – say at least 1 inch far. There must be no contact between the two machines as it surely can be harmful.

Now look for any blockages in the holes, and if found nothing, wipe the area with a damp lint-free cloth to clean away any dirt remnants from the body.

#7. Via (Rubbing) Alcohol-Dipped Cotton Buds

Cotton buds, also called cotton swabs or Q-tips, are one of the excellent go-to options for cleaning out such holey scruffy things like laptop speakers, etc. Because they are, by birth, extremely soft and delicate at both ends, Q-tips are great for such gentle cleanup tasks.

And yeah, rubbing alcohol needs no intro when it comes to things like personal and household hygiene. So because a (dry) cotton swab alone might not work well in the grill’s wash, rubbing alcohol on it would surely do the trick.

Well, you’d again need to power OFF your laptop and remove the battery as well. Then dip a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and thoroughly rub it over the grills. Prick the bud into the speaker holes blocked with some macro particles – one at a time. When done with it, wipe the area with a moist lint-free cloth to remove any dirt leftovers.

#8. Using a Compressed Air Can

Canned air, also known as a gas duster, is one of the most certain go-to guys you can reach out to blast away dirt and dust in such hard-to-reach spaces. So yea, it’s one absolute way to kick all the accumulated filth out of your laptop speakers, etc.

First of all, get canned air that clearly states “for electronics’ cleanups”. Start with holding the can perfectly upright and leveled to ensure no damaging chemicals shoot out and press the trigger to push the air on the surface of the speakers. It will clean up all the on-surface dirt off the laptop’s body.

Then insert the can’s tube into the grills or directly blow the air inside to blast off all the inside’s dust and dirt particles off the speaker’s outer/front grills and all the other cavities therein. Do this two, three times, and stop when you see no more filth coming out on the grill’s surface outside.

When done, clean the outer surface with a neat, wet microfiber cloth.

#9. Via Blu-Tack Adhesive

Much like lint rollers in the application, Blu-Tack adhesives are also used to gulp the dirt particles from different surfaces. You simply need to put this putty-like reusable adhesive on a surface and then pull it back quickly, and it comes back with lots of new carvings (dirt and grime) imbibed on it.

So you can definitely use these adhesives to clean your laptop speakers. All you need to do is attach and press it into the speaker grills for a few seconds and quickly get it off. You will see all the filth that has been jammed on the grills for a long, coming out by sticking to the adhesive just in a matter of seconds.

#10. By Disassembling the Laptop

And finally, if none of the methods discussed above work for you or if you’re not sure if they will work, you can go for a complete open-up of your laptop to ensure a thorough inside-out cleanup.

Disjoining the case would let you have much at length access to each part of the speakers i.e. the rear side of the grills, the frail mesh, and all other tiny corners, etc.

You could then easily bump off all the micro and macro particles from wherever you see them. Just be sure and careful with the screws and not lose them. And yeah, stay very much delicate and careful with the small internal cogs while cleaning them.

This method is not that risky to consider as you’d only need to unscrew the hood, and (depending on where the speakers are) you’d be able to exhaustively do the wash. But if you think you can’t part your machine or are reluctant about things that might get wrong for you, reach out to a repairman for ultimate results. But yea, either way, it’s gonna void the warranty of your gadget.

How do you clean speaker dust?

With the help of compressed air and a toothbrush, you could remove pretty much all the dust that is stuck in your speaker, making it squeaky clean.

Why does my laptop speaker crackle?

Sometimes it might be due to cables or wires struck loose which may result in speaker malfunction. Moreover, dust and debris clogging up your speaker grill can also affect sound output quality.

Closing Line

Doesn’t count how watchful and careful you come, dust will anyhow scurry into your laptop’s speakers. But I know it’s not gonna be as serious a concern as it has been for you till now. Yea, because now you’ve got to know every single thing about how to clean laptop speakers.

So, next time when you find some dust or filth accumulated on or around your laptop’s speakers, show up here, read again all the cost-excused and cost-involved cleaning approaches discussed here, and pull off the wash like a maestro.