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    I have a pair of Bose 601 Series II speakers. Over the years, the woofers and other parts have become very dusty. I hate to use a vacuum cleaner with the sharp bristles on the brush to do the job. So, what's the best way to do this? Also, should I even consider removing the drivers to get into the cabinet itself for cleaning?

    Thanks very much.

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    Re: Cleaning Bose 601 Speakers?

    Maybe a feather duster. I wouldn't take them apart. You might be disapointed by what is inside:D

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      Re: Cleaning Bose 601 Speakers?

      Originally posted by killa View Post
      Maybe a feather duster. I wouldn't take them apart. You might be disapointed by what is inside:D
      Very diplomatic. I was going to suggest a flamethrower. :D
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        Re: Cleaning Bose 601 Speakers?

        For paper drivers, I think I'd try a soft makeup brush. You might get some odd looks trying to pick out the right one, but they make for some good detailing brushes.

        I used a lens whip today on some polypropylene cones just today, but I'd use zero chemicals or fluids on paper.

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          Re: Cleaning Bose 601 Speakers?

          Thanks for the help. Sounds like something I shouldn't worry about.

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            Re: Cleaning Bose 601 Speakers?

            I've used a shop vac vacuum cleaner to remove dust but I always used the adapter that had the bristle brushes on it because it doesn't allow the full force of the vacuum to suck in the paper cone.

            On some 15" drivers I had to also use some duct tape that I dabbed the cone with. The adhesive on the duct tape was stronger than whatever was causing the dust to stick to the cone (probably cigarette smoke).

            On small drivers or more delicate cones you might try peeling off a bit of the adhesive material they use for lint rollers. The Scotch brand lint rollers have a very flexible plastic material with a mild adhesive. I am not sure about the lint rollers that use "masking tape".

            The key would be to first try a small piece on a strong area of the cone first.

            I've also used adhesive tape to fix "dented" domes and dust caps.

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              Re: Cleaning Bose 601 Speakers?

              Originally posted by patrick1945 View Post
              Thanks for the help. Sounds like something I shouldn't worry about.

              Unless it's caked on, I wouldn't worry about dust. The make-up brush is a great idea, one I've been using for many years to dust off equipment and woofer cones. I started using one on the custom car & motorcycle models I make. With the small parts and various bits like door handles, side molding, wipers, trim, etc., a fluffy make-up brush is soft enough it won't damage the little parts and finish, but it still gets the dust off.


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