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Mal Brown

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Mic sterilization
« on: June 19, 2011, 07:44:02 pm »

I want to start sterilizing my vox mics afer shows.  How do I do that ?

Thanks, Ma

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Re: Mic sterilization
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2011, 07:49:47 pm »

I want to start sterilizing my vox mics afer shows.  How do I do that ?

Thanks, Ma

I've been using this recently:

http://www.l2pnet.com/Microphome_foam_mic_deordorizer

Seems to work quite well.
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Re: Mic sterilization
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2011, 07:56:05 pm »

I want to start sterilizing my vox mics afer shows.  How do I do that ?

Thanks, Ma

Use a really sharp knife and don't spare the alcohol.
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2011, 09:21:37 pm »

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Re: Mic sterilization
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2011, 07:23:34 am »

I've been using this recently:

http://www.l2pnet.com/Microphome_foam_mic_deordorizer

Seems to work quite well.

I use those bleach soaked handy-wipe type of towels (which are dispensed from a cynlindar container) that are made my Chlorox.  They can be picked up at any grocery store in the isle that has cleaning products.
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Re: Mic sterilization
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2011, 09:20:26 am »

I've been using this recently:

http://www.l2pnet.com/Microphome_foam_mic_deordorizer

Seems to work quite well.
+1.

Works well, especially on lipstick and leaves a pleasant fragrance/taste.
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Re: Mic sterilization
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2011, 09:52:40 am »

I suggest sterilizing the vocalists....
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Re: Mic sterilization
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2011, 10:22:11 am »

I suggest sterilizing the vocalists....

And lead guitarists....

Hmmmm, on second thought, this cuts into future potential business, perhaps this needs reconsidertation.    :o

Best regards,

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Re: Mic sterilization
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2011, 10:31:39 am »

I want to start sterilizing my vox mics afer shows.  How do I do that ?

Thanks, Ma

Use wipes with BZK (benzylalkonium chloride) instead of alcohol or chlorine bleach.  BZK is a quarternary ammonia compound that is used in surface sanitation for medical and food processing.  You can purchase BZK wipes from any major first-aid supplier.

BZK is also the primary ingredient in non-alcohol baby wipes.  Do a bit of shopping in the baby products aisle and you'll find them.

BZK does not attack the foam beneath the mic grille the way alcohol or chlorine will, and it has no peculiar odor.  A small whiff of chlorine is usually sufficient to make many singers drop the mic on the floor... I'm not joking.

Another "in a pinch" sanitizer is mouthwash (Listerine), but the primary bateriostatic is alcohol.

Have fun, good luck.

Tim Mc

ps... consider taking the grilles off of SM-58 and similar microphones, put them in a lingerie bag and place them in your dishwasher (top rack).  Alternately, use a small amount of dish washing liquid and warm water to soak them in, and use an old toothbrush to clean the metal surfaces of lipstick and organic matter.
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Re: Mic sterilization
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2011, 11:03:20 am »

Use wipes with BZK (benzylalkonium chloride) instead of alcohol or chlorine bleach.  BZK is a quarternary ammonia compound that is used in surface sanitation for medical and food processing.  You can purchase BZK wipes from any major first-aid supplier.

BZK is also the primary ingredient in non-alcohol baby wipes.  Do a bit of shopping in the baby products aisle and you'll find them.

BZK does not attack the foam beneath the mic grille the way alcohol or chlorine will, and it has no peculiar odor.  A small whiff of chlorine is usually sufficient to make many singers drop the mic on the floor... I'm not joking.

Another "in a pinch" sanitizer is mouthwash (Listerine), but the primary bateriostatic is alcohol.

Have fun, good luck.

Tim Mc

ps... consider taking the grilles off of SM-58 and similar microphones, put them in a lingerie bag and place them in your dishwasher (top rack).  Alternately, use a small amount of dish washing liquid and warm water to soak them in, and use an old toothbrush to clean the metal surfaces of lipstick and organic matter.

  +1 what Tim said. Also, purchase enough spare mic balls to change out the mics in the middle of the festival or event. Then clean the dirty ones and repeat at next festival!

Thanks,       Don
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Re: Mic sterilization
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2011, 01:59:39 pm »

I have never understood why this continues to be such a voodoo topic year in and year out.  This technique has worked on the hundreds of mics I've had over the last 30 years or so.  It's not something that works for between every set of a festival but for between show and shop inventory maintenance its just fine.

1 - fill a sink or large pan with warm water and mild dish detergent
2- unscrew mic balls and place in pan
3- swish the mic balls around in the water and let sit for an additional 15 minutes
4 - rinse the windscreens both inside and outside with warm water under the tap
5 - let air dry and replace on mics

for really grungy lip stick and worse use and old toothbrush to loosen the crud and swish it again

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Re: Mic sterilization
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2011, 05:56:05 pm »

I want to start sterilizing my vox mics afer shows.  How do I do that ?

Thanks, Ma


for quick fast drying "during the show"  I use this spray..http://www.lanacane.com/anti-bacterial-first-aid-spray.asp
otherwise what Riley suggests.......
Ray
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Re: Mic sterilization
« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2011, 08:57:09 pm »

+1 on Microphome.

This stuff is fantastic. One squirt of foam in the palm, rub it on the grille, let it evaporate (a couple minutes) and you're done. Sterilized, deodorized, no residue. Way better than wipes IMHO - no waste. You get over 100 cleanings from a small bottle, costs about $10 IIRC via Amazon, Full Compass, etc.

Highly recommended. Every tour, every club, every church should carry this stuff. Studio cats, too -- because it's a foam, the solvent sticks to the grille and won't harm internal electronics. And talent LOVES it when you come out and sterilize their mic before a session.


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Re: Mic sterilization
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2011, 02:46:40 pm »

Sounds great.
Any UK posters know where MicroPhome is available locally?
The unscrew/dip/rinse/dry thing is a pain.
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Re: Mic sterilization
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2011, 01:00:39 pm »

Sounds great.
Any UK posters know where MicroPhome is available locally?
The unscrew/dip/rinse/dry thing is a pain.

James, there's a website (www.microphome.eu) on this. Looks like they have an online store and a couple retailers in the UK.
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Re: Mic sterilization
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2011, 01:30:39 pm »

+1 on the Microphome.
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Re: Mic sterilization
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2011, 11:22:21 am »

James, there's a website (www.microphome.eu) on this. Looks like they have an online store and a couple retailers in the UK.

Thanks, Jack.

I'm all over it, like germs on a 58 grille.
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