Cleaning your Philips SpeechMike

No matter how well you take care of your electronic devices, sooner or later you are going to start seeing dirt, spots, fingerprints and other grunge that no device can escape. So eventually you’ll have to clean it.

We are sharing our tips how to best clean a Philips SpeechMike PC-connected microphone. It is common for this microphone to be used in Healthcare settings where users share the device. It’s antimicrobial housing feature is ideal for environments where cleanliness is key. However at some point only a thorough clean might be necessary.

Cleaning and disinfection

Optical elements

Please do not use any liquids to clean the optical elements inside of the SpeechMike trackball unit. Only use a normal cleaning stick to remove the dust.

Surface and Barcode Scanner

To clean the surface and barcode scanner (barcode scanner only applies to special models) of the device we have put together an overview of appropriate cleaning tools. This will also protect the antimicrobial surface of the device.

Bacillol Tissue

Bacillol® Tissues are ready-to-use disinfection wipes for rapid and convenient disinfection of alcohol-resistant surfaces and medical devices.


Bacillol Wipes
Bacillol® Wipes are suitable for rapid disinfection of alcohol-resistant surfaces and medical devices.


Mikrobac Tissue
Mikrobac® Tissues are suitable for the convenient cleaning and disinfection of sensitive surfaces and medical devices.


Cleaning the trackball housing and chassis

Some versions of SpeechMikes have a built-in high-precision stainless steel trackball which is used like a PC mouse. Self-lubricated and abrasive resistant Teflon bearings guarantee smooth operation over the entire lifetime. In combination with a laser scanner and self-cleaning features, the trackball is precise and durable.

To clean the trackball it can be taken out of the device. Should this ever be
required, please follow the steps below on how to open the trackball-housing, clean, and then reassemble the housing.


  1. Before you start, please disconnect the SpeechMike from the computer.
  2. Remove the plastic ring with tweezers. Turn it counter clockwise.
  3. Remove the holding ring.
  4. Now you can remove the trackball to clean with a soft microfiber cloth.
  5. Remove the Teflon ring and clean it, if necessary, with a soft microfiber cloth.
  6. Clean inner section with cotton buds or an air duster.
  7. After cleaning or disinfection re-assemble the parts in reverse order and close it by turning the plastic ring clockwise.


Please ensure the device that it is completely disconnected from the PC before cleaning.
During the cleaning, please make sure that no liquid penetrates into the device.

The device itself is completely safe, as it uses the 5V supply from the USB port, however any liquid which might penetrate the device could lead to malfunction as long as the liquid has not evaporated.

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