How to clean a HomePod or HomePod mini

No matter how hard you try, electronics can still get dirty. If you want to clean your HomePod or HomePod mini, read this guide to get started.

No matter how clean your home is, your gadgets will accumulate dust and dirt.

This is true for the HomePod and HomePod mini, but Apple offers few tips for cleaning these smart speakers. Based on our own personal experience and suggestions from others, we’ve come up with some guidelines on how to clean a HomePod or HomePod mini.

How to clean a HomePod or HomePod Mini (according to Apple)

Apple offers just a few thoughts on how to clean your HomePod or HomePod mini. It offers a lot more tips on how to prevent your smart speaker from getting damaged. However, there are a few do’s and don’ts for cleaning your HomePod.

These include:

  • Clean with a dry cloth, says Apple. If necessary, you can use a slightly damp cloth.
  • 70-75% alcohol wipes are fine. Using a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe is fine for gently wiping the top surface of HomePod or HomePod mini. You can also use a 75% ethyl alcohol wipe or a Clorox disinfectant wipe.
  • Avoid household cleaning products. Don’t use glass cleaners, household cleaners, compressed air, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, or abrasives to clean any part of HomePod.
  • no liquid. To avoid touch your HomePod or HomePod mini to all liquids.

Along with offering suggestions on where to place your HomePod or HomePod mini to prevent it from damaging your furniture and avoiding damage to the device itself, that’s all Apple offers.

Properly clean the top surface of your HomePod

After trying, testing, and collecting feedback from other HomePod users, here is the most effective way to clean the top surface of your HomePod or HomePod mini. This includes the touch surface, under which you’ll see the swirling light for Siri and other activity indications.

To clean the top surface of your HomePod or HomePod mini:

  1. Unplug your HomePod or HomePod mini from the electrical outlet.
  2. Wait 10 seconds to ensure that all electrical capacitors are completely discharged.
  3. To begin, gently wipe the top surface of the device with a microfiber cloth. Other types of cloths can be abrasive and cause scratches on the touch surface.
    how to clean a homepod with a microfiber cloth
  4. If any dirt or marks remain, lightly dampen the microfiber cloth with distilled water, wringing out any excess moisture.
  5. With the damp cloth, gently wipe the touch surface of HomePod or HomePod mini again.
  6. If any dirt or marks remain, use an alcohol wipe (70% isopropyl alcohol or 75% ethyl alcohol) or a Clorox Disinfecting Wipe to gently clean them.

To be perfectly safe, most cleaning wipes meant for eyeglasses or camera lenses will work just fine for the top surface of your HomePod or HomePod mini. Be careful, however, that the wipe does not come into contact with the mesh fabric, as it may discolor the fabric.

Under no circumstances should you spray cleaning solution directly on your HomePod or HomePod mini. This could allow liquid to penetrate through the mesh fabric, damaging the electronics inside.

Clean the surface under your HomePod

As you clean the top surface, check under the base of your HomePod or HomePod mini. Apple said the silicone base sometimes leaves white marks on some wood desks and tabletops. Cleaning up these marks as soon as possible will help prevent them from becoming permanent.

To clean these marks, a soft cloth (damp or dry) should help. If the marks persist, you should use the cleaning process recommended by the furniture manufacturer. If this concerns you, consider moving the smart speaker to a different surface or using a HomePod coaster or stand.

How to Clean a HomePod’s Mesh Fabric

It’s harder to figure out how to clean the HomePod’s mesh fabric because of the sensitive electronics that live right under it. It’s still perfectly doable, though, if you follow a few simple steps.

To clean the mesh fabric of a HomePod or HomePod mini:

  1. Start with your damp microfiber cloth, using distilled water. Make sure any excess water is wrung out and gently rub the cloth over the surface of the mesh fabric.
  2. If dust and debris persist in the fabric, use a lint roller to remove the remaining particles. Do not press the lint roller too hard against the surface, you may damage it.
  3. A shoe shine brush, free of any cleaning solution, can also help remove dust, dirt, or other stubborn debris. A camera lens cleaning brush is also safe to use.
    Camera lens cleaning brush
  4. Several users have had good luck cleaning up impurities like this using Jason Markk Shoe Cleaner. This particular brand of brush and cleaning solution does not use any harsh or abrasive chemicals that could discolor the fabric.

Other possible methods to clean the fabric of the HomePod

We have personally tested the above methods and have noticed no damage or discoloration. Other suggestions may also be safe, but we haven’t tested them. They understand:

  • Use a can of compressed air 3-4 inches away, in short bursts. Although Apple advises against this, this exposure to light should cause no harm.
  • Use a low-powered Dyson or other hand-held vacuum to remove dust and debris, then wipe the surface with a damp cloth.

How to keep your HomePod or HomePod Mini clean

The best way to clean your Apple smart speaker is to only use it in a place that prevents it from being exposed to dirt and damage in the first place. If you want to make sure your HomePod or HomePod mini stays looking great for as long as possible, follow these tips.

  • Keep HomePod indoors, and only use it there. The device is not intended for outdoor use.
  • Place your HomePod or HomePod mini on a higher surfacelike a shelf, where pets and children can’t get it dirty.
  • Keep your smart speaker away from liquids. This means avoiding places where liquid can splash, such as next to a sink or dishwasher or near open containers of liquids.
  • Keep mesh fabric clear of blockagesso that the air can circulate optimally.
  • During thunderstormsunplug it from the electrical outlet.
  • If HomePod is not in use for a long period, unplug it.
  • Do not place your speaker near heat sources such as radiators, ovens, stoves or ventilation ducts.
  • Keep open flames and heat sourceslike lighted candles and cigarettes, away from your HomePod.

If you suspect liquid or other damage to your HomePod, contact Apple Support for assistance. Do not attempt to open or repair the device yourself.

More HomePod tips and tricks

Apple’s HomePod and HomePod mini are fantastic sources of entertainment, so be sure to make the most of what they offer.

For example, Apple’s Intercom feature can be a great way to communicate with friends and family. You can also pair one or two HomePod speakers with your Apple TV for an immersive home theater experience.

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