Best way to clean speakers

I'm thinking speaker drivers more than cabinets . I've been using a feather duster , but wondered if there was a better way . And how often do you retorque your driver retainers . Any other speaker cleaning/maintenance tips will be appreciated . Regards Tim
Cleaning- a little lestoil and a lot of elbow grease, 3x a week.

Retorqueing- twice a year w an impact wrench should do 'er just fine!

YMMV. I hope.
I have used a vacuum, with an upholstery brush and the port on the vacuum open to allow as little suction as possible, to vacuum dust off the speakers. However, I rarely do it. And, I don't think its really necessary. You won't hear the difference. A slight turn of a screwdriver once a year is plenty.
He means a torque wrench definately not impact.Good luck,B
YMMV. I hope.
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With this method, I'm sure it will, A LOT.
I use a high quality paint brush that has soft bristles. The brand name is "Purdy (sic)."
Turn the volume up and they will clean themselves. Then retorque. Very simple.
Along somewhat similar line - clean your records with the stylus while playing them, then clean the stylus and that's it.
I'm going to try a Swiffer Duster it seems to lift the dust off the enclosures so I think it will be very gentle on the drivers.
Do not torque the speaker drivers. B&W has a foam gasket that if torqued too much will negate their use...Richard Vandersteen told me that the speakers are epoxied in...the screws are there to hold the speakers in place until the epoxy sets... etc. Check with your manufacturers.
What material are the drivers cones made of?
What are the surrounds made of?
These two will make the descion on how to and what to use easier.
Swifter Duster is impregnated with chemicals, and is oily. I would not use it on a speaker cone.
Driver cones are magnesium , tweeter is aluminum alloy , it dose not look like it , it's black , tweeters have been modified . I'm not sure about surround material . I wonder if epoxy like that used with Vandersteens could be added , I can always find one or two loose bolts . I don't think i'll give the elbow grease a try , not even sure where to buy elbow grease . Soft brush on a vacuum cleaner makes sense . The swifters we use around the house seem to have a type of oil or something on them , likely to help pickup dust , i doubt it's good for driver cones or surrounds . I also use cans of compressed air to clean nooks and crannies , but it seems to have a lot of moisture with it . Regards Tim
Gravity does wonders. It's automatic and free.
The cans of air your using wont eject moisture if you don't shake it around to much. Keep the can upright and use the small straw-like thingy to angle up, down, sideways.
Micro fiber dust cloth.
Gravity , thats funny .
Good call Drdennis, I'll just stick to vacuuming.
Lambswool "feather type" duster is what I use and just to clarify it is like a feather duster no flying sheep were killed to make these. I found mine at a lighting store.
Makeup blush brush. Use the same type for cleaning the surface of CDs and DVDs every time before inserting into player. (you can get your girlfriend or wife to buy a nice one for you. the very short, really fat round ones are super.)
The brush is very soft, really fat, and easy to use.
I don't have cone speakers anymore except for the 5.1 setup. but I used to clean my B&W 805s with the brush and it worked very well.
As for tightening down woofer screws, yeah, a littl goes a long way. A gentle even pressure setting all around on those screws.
I use an ostrich feather duster every Sunday. Easy-peasy.
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