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Group Exercise Headset Microphone & Accessories Cleaning - COVID-19 Best Practices

These Best Practices are in addition to the CDC Guidelines.  

The single best option is to use your own personal headset microphone, windscreens and sports pouch/ mic belts (if your system has a body pack transmitter).  

Cleaning your PERSONAL headset mic and accessories:  

  • PERSONAL Headset Mic- After each use:  Wipe the headset mic off with a dry cloth. 
  • PERSONAL WindscreensOccasionally: Gently hand wash your windscreen in soapy water, thoroughly rinse with water and let air dry.  
  • PERSONAL Mic Belts/PERSONAL Belt Pack Transmitter- Occasionally: Gently hand wash your mic belt in soapy water, thoroughly rinse with water and let air dry. 
  • PERSONAL Mic Belts/SHARED Body Pack Transmitter Suggested-Use a clean mic belt for every non-consecutive class*: Gently hand wash your mic belt in soapy water, thoroughly rinse with water and let air dry. 
     
    Wash your hands with soap and water after every class and after cleaning your personal gear.  

Disinfectants such as Lysol and Isopropyl Alcohol may degrade the plastic coating on some headset mic boom arms and headbands. If disinfectant gets into the mic element, it can ruin it permanently.  In normal times, manufacturers recommend not using these products to clean headsets. These are not normal times and you may wish to use them. Please note: damage caused by disinfectant use is generally not covered by manufacturers’ warranties.  

If you use Lysol, Isopropyl Alcohol or any other disinfectant on your headset micMake sure the windscreen is on the mic. Spray the headset mic, then wipe it off using a clean, disposable cloth.  Discard the cloth and wash your hands. Do not get any disinfectant directly on the mic element (the part you speak into). Doing so may permanently damage this sensitive element.   

  • Storing/transporting your personal headset mic: If you don’t have a headset mic case, use a Tupperware type container with lid. Poke holes in the lid so air can circulate and let the mic dry out between uses.  

Cleaning SHARED Headset Mics and PERSONAL Accessories:  

  • Every Instructor should own and use their own PERSONAL windscreens and mic belts 
  • SHARED Headset Mic: Wipe with dry cloth between uses.  

For SHARED mics, instructors may wish to use Lysol or Isopropyl Alcohol to disinfect between users. These products may degrade the plastic coating on some headsets’ boom arms and headbands. If disinfectant gets into the mic element, it can ruin it permanently. Please note damage caused by disinfectant use is generally not covered by manufacturers’ warranties.  

If you use Lysol, Isopropyl Alcohol or any other disinfectant on a SHARED headset mic: Make sure the windscreen is on the mic. Spray the headset mic then wipe it off using a clean, disposable cloth.  Discard the cloth and wash your hands. Do not get any disinfectant directly on the mic element (the part you speak into). Doing so may permanently damage this sensitive element.   

  • PERSONAL WindscreensUse a clean windscreen for every non-consecutive class*: Gently hand wash your windscreen in soapy water, thoroughly rinse with water and let air dry.   
  • PERSONAL Mic Belts/Own Personal Belt Pack Transmitter- Occasionally: Gently hand wash your mic belt in soapy water, thoroughly rinse with water and let air dry. 
  • PERSONAL Mic Belts/SHARED Transmitter -Suggested-Use a clean mic belt for every non-consecutive class*: Gently hand wash your mic belt in soapy water, thoroughly rinse with water and let air dry. 
     
    *Extra windscreens and mic belts are relatively inexpensive. Recommendation: always begin a non-consecutive class with clean ones. Having spares of all items-including Headset Mics- is a good idea.  

 
Wash your hands with soap and water after every class and after cleaning your accessories. 

While there’s no way to guarantee mitigation of Covid-19, these Best Practices may help.  

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