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Cleaning dirty pop screens! How to?
Old 8th June 2007
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Cleaning dirty pop screens! How to?

I have a few of these things, one of them is a Stedman metal type. I like this one, but I can seem to get some gross stuff off of them.

Do you have any suggestions?

Old 8th June 2007
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Throw them out.
Old 8th June 2007
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Maybe it's just me, but I was pretty obsesive when I was cleaning the commercial studio that I used to engineer at.

We often used the cloth style pop filters (not as much to stop the pop, but to keep people back a certain disctance, and to keep the drool off the mic capsules).

After almost every hip-hop session, or session that had a very animated and plosive vocalist I'd Lysol the damn pop filter... and the rest of the vocal booth. My father at one point had undergone Chemotherapy and at the time I had learned from my mother how to sterilize any room more than a hospital. Door handles, chairs, light switches, edge of mixing console, computer mouse, etc... and the pop filter.

The metal ones I'd figure you could spray with lysol or similar, or even put in a dilluted solution of something like bleach or whatever and let it sit for a minute. It's metal... unless it reacts funny with the metal, it shoudl be fine.

Keep in mind, if you aren't healthy in your studio, you probably aren't getting to engineer enough.
Old 8th June 2007
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Originally Posted by peeder View Post
Throw them out.
lol, at 40 dollars a pop, I'm looking for a different solution.

The cloth ones are worse, I was thinking that water would make them come unglued or deteriorate them, I wanted to save them somehow.
Old 8th June 2007
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I've got a few metal ones, most are set aside for a specific recording artist and the 'main working' one gets a Lysol rinse after every session.
Old 8th June 2007
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they make lysol wipes (costco!!) also the bleach idea is good for steralizing, any excess bleach will evaporate in like 10 minutes or so. . .

i want to get one of the metal ones.

the cloth one i have is kinda gettin' grody . . . and I replace the screen "stockings" so often the guy at CVS w/ the rainbow earrings is startin' to wink at me
Old 8th June 2007
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I use the metal Stedmans as well, and I give them a dunking in a 10% bleach solution for a few minutes after each session. With certain artists, I'll tape a piece of gauze to the back (think the loose weave cheesecloth kind) for added uh, moisture protection that I can then discard.
Old 8th June 2007
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the metal ones i just run through the dish washer every once in a while
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