How To Clean Car Speakers

A good and clean trip can easily become fun when it is infused with music, but if your car’s speakers are not sounding right it is probably because of the dirt on them. Dust and dirt are a major cause of poor sound quality.

Our clean up tips should help you if you are wondering what to do if the speakers get dirty. That’s all you need to do and your car speakers would appear new as well as functioning perfectly.

At audiosk, It is essential to clean them thoroughly and employ correct procedures. It also ensure that you do not destroy your speaker as you try to wash them.

Step 1: Unhook the Stereo

Ensure there is no cable connected to the stereo first. In case you are not sure, switch off the stereo.

Step 2: Remove the Speaker Grills

Items and Equipment You’ll Require

Most often car speakers are located in doors. You can usually remove the grills. Your tool of choice for taking off these covers will be a screwdriver.

If the speaker grills in your car don’t come off, have a look at our instructions for cleaning grills that are fixed in place.

If your speaker grills have a cloth cover, start by gently pulling it off from the grill’s top corner. Ease the cloth clips loose with your fingers, and do the same at the bottom.

For a corner screw-fixed grill, check the corners or edges. In case there are no screws, just move to our subsequent steps. However, if there are screws, remove them using the proper screwdriver, and place them in a plastic bag so you don’t lose them.

To conclude, use a flathead screwdriver to locate the grills’ release clips (back of the corners). In the case of these clips, use your screwdriver very softly to detach the grills.

Step 3: How to Wash Your Car’s Speaker Grill Cloth

As an expert in sound, we recommend careful cleaning of your car speaker grill for optimal sound quality. Dirt and dust on the grill can muffle and distort the sound. Start by gently brushing off loose dust with a soft brush, which is safe for the delicate grill surface.

For tougher grime, lightly dampen a microfiber cloth with a mix of gentle soap and water. Carefully wipe the grill, taking care not to let any liquid seep into the speaker itself.

It’s important to immediately dry the grill thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth. Regularly cleaning the speaker grill ensures clear and crisp sound from your car speakers..

For not-so-dirty grills:

First, you need to use a vacuum with a brush attachment to pull out the dirt. Then, spray a dry cleaning powder, like AlbaChem PSR II, on them. This spray will soak up the dirt and oil on the surface. When it dries, it turns into a white powder. Then, you can either brush it off or blow it off with canned air.

For really dirty grills:

Mix a little mild soap with warm water. Gently wipe the fabric with this mix using a soft cloth. Next, rinse the fabric with water, using another soft cloth. Lastly, let the fabric dry completely.

Step 4: Make Your Car Speaker Grills Shine

Clean your speakers to sound great

The plastic or metallic speaker grills on your car can attract dirt. You may want to use a couple of steps and equipment to clean them.

Occasionally, this is only needed, using plain soap and water with a soft cloth and then rinsing it.

However, if dirt becomes stuck in the holes, cleaners with alcohol such as Super Clean are advisable. Make use of a soft cloth mixed with this solution.

Some tools that may be required for really hard to remove dirt include toothpicks, paper clips, a stiff brush, special Q-tips, car cleaning brushes, or a vacuum with a brush attachment. Be gentle to avoid scratches.

After cleaning the grills, it is important that you dry them.

Step 5: Make Your Woofers Look New

The woofer is very sensitive that even a small scratch can injure it. Therefore, in cleaning them, always settle on microfiber cloth which is gentle and harmless.

First, blow away the dirt off the woofers using compressed air. Then, use a wet microfiber cloth to clear them. Lastly, dry the woofers with a separate microfiber cloth. Ensure that they are completely dry.

Step 6: Refresh Your Subwoofers

Subwoofers don’t always need a soft cleaning tool. You can clean them using a vacuum. It’s best to attach a brush to the vacuum to prevent harm and reduce the suction power. Keep moving the vacuum in sweeping moves to keep from scratching the subwoofer.

Step 7: Keep Your Speaker Surrounds in Top Shape

Cleaning the Cones of the Speakers

This merely marks the beginning of cleaning speaker surrounds. They should be taken for protection to ensure their quality is maintained. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe them nicely. Then, apply a suitable protectant. Try using something like Foam Guard Speaker Cone Edge Sealer for foam surrounds. Sonax Rubber Protectant is suitable for butyl rubber.

Step 8: Safely Clean Your Tweeters

Tweeters are very fragile. To clean them: Do not touch, wipe, or wet tweeters in order to prevent damage. Just blow dirt out of their surfaces using compressed air.

Step 9: Make Your Subwoofer Box Look Great

Wipe your subwoofer box’s exterior without breaking the cables and wires. Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe off dirt from the surface. Very carefully, use a wet microfiber towel for stubborn dirt. Therefore, it is crucial to use an ammonia-free cleaner such as CRC VisiClear Display Cleaner since this can damage the screen.

If the Speaker Grills Aren’t Removable

No need to worry if your speaker cover does not come off. We have some handy tips to help you clean them right where they are: Grab the dust using a sticky lint roller from the speaker covers. Directly blow the dirt away with your can of air. Use the clean-up with a brush vacuum.

For covers made of cloth, start by vacuuming them before cleaning them with a mixture of water and soap, using a soft cloth or brush. Ensure that you do not soak the speaker with water.

To avoid getting dirt to go inside the speakers, we suggest that you clean the covers often.

We understand the desire to connect a JBL speaker to your car for enhanced audio. However, it’s crucial to ensure your car’s built-in speakers are clean for the best sound experience. For cleaning, gently brush the speaker grills to remove dust.

If you’re connecting a JBL speaker, it’s typically done through Bluetooth. Ensure your car’s audio system is Bluetooth-compatible. Turn on your JBL speaker’s Bluetooth and put it in pairing mode.

Then, on your car’s audio system, search for available Bluetooth devices and select your JBL speaker. Once connected, you can enjoy a richer sound experience in your clean and well-maintained car audio environment.


At audiosk, After you’ve cleaned your car speakers, you’ll likely solve any audio issues in your car. But don’t forget to clean them often to consistently enjoy great music while driving.

Ciaran Gonzan

Ciaran Gonzan

Ciaran Gonzan is the CEO and founder of Audiosk. He has 25+ years of experience and expertise in audio production, mixing, and mastering across music, film, and gaming.