How to Clean a Speaker Cone

By Chris Brower ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Dry cloth
  • Paintbrush or toothbrush
Speaker cones get dirty after continual use.

Speaker cones can collect dirt over years of use, especially if your speakers are lugged around to different places. This causes a buildup of dust and other grime. If you’re hoping to sell your speakers or you don’t like the look of dirty speaker cones, clean them. Speaker cones are sensitive, so take care in cleaning them to avoid damage.

Unplug the speaker. Disconnect any power sources.

Remove the grill, the fabric on the front of the speaker, from the speaker.

Wipe the speaker cone lightly, using a dry cloth. To avoid damage, don’t use a dry cloth that contains any chemicals. As well, don’t apply too much pressure. If this isn’t enough to clean the speaker cone, perform the next step.

Wipe the speaker cone lightly using a paintbrush or toothbrush. Use the least amount of pressure possible to get out the grime that has built up.

Connect power sources and plug in the speaker when you’re ready to use it again.


A damp cloth can damage the speaker cone. Don't soak the cloth, paintbrush or toothbrush in water or cleaning fluid.

About the Author

Chris Brower is a writer with a B.A. in English. He also spent time studying journalism and utilizes both to deliver well-written content, paying close attention to audience, and knowing one word could determine whether a product is a success or a failure. He has experience writing articles, press releases, radio scripts, novels, short stories, poems and more.