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So, your headphones are feeling a bit too snug and you realise that the headphone pads need to be replaced. Or maybe you’ve had your headphones for a while and the headphone pads have started to wear down. In either case, it’s important to know how to put headphone pads back on correctly so that your headphones can feel comfortable again and reduce the ear pain due to ear cups.
Generally, most of the headphones pads can be removed and replaced in a similar way. If you’re replacing your headphone pads make sure to get the actual headphone pads and if the original ones aren’t available opt for universal headphone pads. However, the steps below may vary depending on the headphones that you have.
Here are the steps to follow:
Removing the Pads
Removing the headphone pads can be a delicate task as some people might damage the headphone frame or even break it so be careful. For most of the headphones, you just have to give a gentle pull to the pads and they come out on their own. Don’t apply too much force as it can break the headphones or damage the speakers below the pads.
If the headphone pads are glued to the headphones, then you might have to use a bit of force but be careful not to break the frame. In this case, you can try using a sharp object like a knife or scissors to cut the glue and then remove the pads.
Cleaning The Pads
As headphone pads get dirty or worn out after a long period of use, it’s important to clean the ear muffs of your headphones. If you’re just replacing the pads, then you can skip this step.
You can clean the pads using water and a mild detergent. Just soak the pads in a bowl of water and add a few drops of detergent. Gently scrub the pads using your fingers and then rinse them off with water. Dry the pads using a towel or air dry them.
Cleaning The Speakers
The air spaces on the sides of pads cause the dirt to get inside the headphones and it is collected over the speaker. So, it’s important to clean these spaces in order to keep the sound quality of your headphones intact.
You can use a toothpick or a needle to clean the dirt from the air spaces. Just be careful not to damage the speaker. Alternatively, you can also use a vacuum cleaner to suck out the dirt from the air spaces. But make sure that you don’t put too much pressure on the speakers while doing this.
Lining Up The Pads
Once you’re done with cleaning, check for the pad clamps on the headphones near the speakers area. Some headphones have little clamps and in case your headphones are lacking those clamps you would have to glue the pads back to headphones.
Generally, most of the headphones come equipped with these little clamps that allow you to easily remove the pads and put them back on. If your headphones don’t have these clamps, then you can use a glue gun to attach the pads back in place.
How to Put Headphones Pads Back On?
You can either put headphones pads back on by using the clamps or glueing them up.
If the headphones have pad clamps then it’s a simple task. Just line up the pads with the correct clamp positions and apply a little bit of force on them. Pads will automatically click on those clamps and you’re good to go. Just test if your headphones are working well and you’re done.
If the pads are not held in place with clamps then you would have to use glue to secure them in place. In this case, add a small amount of glue to the edge of the pad and attach it to the headphone frame.
Make sure that you don’t put too much glue as it will make it difficult to remove the pads again. Also, wait for the glue to dry completely before using the headphones.
Once you’re done with attaching the pads, give them a quick test run and see how they feel. If they’re still a bit too tight, then you can loosen them up by adjusting the position of the pads. Just make sure that they’re comfortable and not too tight or loose.
There you have it, the complete guide to putting headphone pads back on. By following these simple steps, you can save yourself from buying a new pair of headphones, as it’ll also improve the sound quality of your headphones, which may be degraded by the dust in your ear muffs or the the headphones extension cables if you use any. So, go ahead and give it a try!