The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people interact in public environments as many now choose venues that are constantly kept clean and disinfected. Music recording studios are no exception, as studio owners are waging hyper-awareness about disinfecting hands before and after touching and using shared surfaces and devices.
While such rules are inconvenient for some customers, the majority of recording studio users actually patronize facilities that observe hygienic practices. After all, modern music rooms or recording studios are currently in high demand, but facilities that have very little regard for sanitation and hygiene are often ignored or bypassed as potential choices. Mainly because such public venues are natural magnets for germs and transmissible and infectious saliva.
Heed Suggestions to Replace Air Conditioners with an HVAC System
First off, modern recording studios have upgraded their air conditioning equipment by installing HVAC systems. The main distinction between a conventional air conditioner and a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment is not just the expanded functionalities. HVACs are outfitted with HEPA filters or the High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters recommended by the Dept. of Energy.
According to experts, the most advanced HEPA filters can remove from indoor air circulation about 99.97% of the minute particles (0.3 microns small) like dust, pollens, airborne bacteria and mould-promoting agents.
Cleaning the HVAC System
While an HVAC System serves as an air-cleaning device, the equipment also requires cleaning and maintenance to ensure it renders the best performance. The following are the most important steps to take when cleaning the HVAC System:
1. Pay attention to the outdoor areas surrounding your HVAC system, particularly the condenser location. The areas can be the major sources of the particulate matter entering your home. The amount sucked in as indoor air can easily run down the filters and condenser of the HVAC.
2. Manually remove the accumulation of particles in the vents and registers.
3. Reset the thermostats and test the air conditioning.
4. Have a professional HVAC installer inspect and clean the air ducts at least once a year.
Additional Cleaning Tips for a Music Recording Studio
Cleaning the Keyboard
A music recording studio’s keyboard is another piece of equipment that should receive proper house cleaning attention. While there are a lot of recommendations online for homemade cleaning solutions, bear in mind that killing pathological microorganisms and viruses is your primary goal.
A simple antibacterial dishwashing soap and sponge can do an excellent job of cleaning the keys. Just make sure you’ve squeezed out excess water and cleaning solution out of the sponge, to prevent water from dripping in between keys, To rinse, thoroughly wipe the keys with wet wipes and then wipe dry with an absorbent cloth. Turn on the electronic equipment only after every key and keyboard surface is dry.
Cleaning the Microphone
Using an alcohol-moistened swab, thoroughly wipe down the cables and booms. Pay special attention to areas needing etra effort in removing dirt build-ups.
Spray a little amount of dishwashing liquid on mic filters especially in areas where gunk has accumulated. Using a clean damp cloth, patiently wipe away stubborn gunk appearing by repeatedly spritzing a small amount of dishwashing liquid on the affected area. After wiping the filter dry, wrap each mic individually with a paper towel to keep it from developing a musty smell. Wait for 24 hours to lapse before using the newly cleaned microphones.