Equipment is key to a DJ; whether it’s a massive multi-purpose mixer with countless ports linking off into various other devices, or a single microphone at a small event, equipment plays a huge role in ensuring that the DJ can perform to the best of their ability. The first thing you should be doing as a DJ is making sure that your equipment is clean and well taken care of, the last thing you want is to have something go wrong mid performance because your inputs haven’t been properly cleaned. Dirt and grime can also hurt the overall lifespan of your DJ equipment potentially leading to the need for a premature replacement.
Absorbent Microfibre Cloth
When using a DJ mixer, grime and dirt can quickly collect on the display as well as around the notches and dials. Luckily, the cleaning process is a relatively simple one; grab your absorbent microfibre cloth, dampen it slightly, and use it to gently wipe off any grime or grease. As long as the dirt isn’t too deeply set, you’re unlikely to need anything else to get your DJ mixer looking brand new again.
It doesn’t need to be said that most DJ equipment is highly delicate and should be cleaned as carefully as possible in order to avoid damage. If your mixer has detachable parts, you may also wish to remove these in order to clean them individually.
Generally, a vacuum cleaner can pose a bit of a threat to some of the more delicate parts of your arsenal, however, for larger equipment such as speakers, a vacuum cleaner can be a very efficient way to get rid of loose dust and residue without risking its functionality. You should always be careful when making use of a vacuum cleaner as some equipment isn’t suitable to be cleaned thus.
On the Inside
On occasion you may have to carry out some internal cleaning on your equipment. It doesn’t have to be said that this is where your equipment is most at risk if you’re not careful. Always keep a hold of the screws if you’ve had to remove any panels and look to restore the equipment to its natural state before using.
If you’re unsure of how to carry out some of the more complex cleaning procedures in caring for your DJ equipment, you can take these to a professional who can either give advice or carry out a more thorough cleaning on your behalf.
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