How To Fix Peeling Headphones


One of the biggest headphones disappointment is when the really comfortable pads start peeling. Finding that right pair with pads that are pillows for your ears is hard enough. Sometimes, you don’t want to lose those headphones. Here’s how to fix flaking headphone pads.

You can fix peeling headphone pads by sewing with another material over the pads. This works for headphone bands too. Also, you can wrap the replacing pad with an elastic band. The easy way is to order a replacement pad.

In this post, I’ll also explain why headphones start peeling and how to prevent it. Keep reading.

DIY – How To Replace Peeling Headphone Pad

So, if you decided to do this by yourself, you can also get creative. There are different things you can try. You’ll have to spend a bit on the materials you’ll need, that is if you want something special. I’ll offer multiple solutions.

Sewing New Headphone Pads

Sewing New Headphone Pads

One way to fix peeling headphones is to sew a cover over the flaky pads. I’m not assuming that you know how to sew, of course. If you do, that’s great. If you don’t, ask someone who knows how to sew for help. Or skip to the next heading.

You’ll need a small needle with a thread, material for the replacement pad, and scissors. For the pads, you can choose any material you have at home. Here’s where you can get creative, you can buy some fabric with printing.

Now, you can cover the old pads, no matter what they are made of. If it’s synthetic leather, my advice is to peel off the old leather entirely. It’s easier to sew if only the cushion is left.

  1. Measure how the size of the pad.
    Many recommend doing this with a ruler but there’s an easier way. Just cover the current pad with the material for the replacing one. Press it tightly, or use pins around the edges to hold the material. Then, with the needle make a circle around the pad. Just little dots are fine.
  2. Cut the replacement pad.
    This one is easy but you have to be careful if you want the new pad to look nice. Carefully cut circle made out of needle holes.
  3. Sew on the replacement pad.
    Using the needle and the thread, sew the replacement pad over the cushion. You can cut any hanging parts with scissors.

There you go, you have brand new pads. This can also work for the headphone band if it’s flaky.

How To Cover Flaking Headphone Pads

Sewing can be too much of an effort. There’s another way to go around this. You’ll see that this solution is similar to the one above. The only difference is, here there’s no need for sewing.

You’ll need material for the replacement pad, elastic rubber bands, and scissors. The steps are the same as the sewing solution.

Measure the size of the new pad by placing the material over the flaky pad. Cut a pad out of the material. Then place it over the cushion and use the rubber bands to keep it in place.

As you can see, it’s nothing complicated. If you have the will and the time, you can fix the peeling headphones by yourself. What about solutions where you just order stuff.

Ordering Replacing Pads For Headphones

Ordering Replacing Pads For Headphones

You can fix your flaky headphone pads by ordering new ones or ordering cover cushions. It all depends on how much you value your current pads. Ordering the original pads can be quite expensive. It’s totally worth it with some headphones though.

  1. Check the brand’s store for replacing pads.

    Some brands offer replacement parts for specific headphone models. If there are pads available for your headphones, you’ll find them in the brand’s store or website. For example, you can find pads for the Beats Solo and for the Bose Quiet Comfort.
  2. Buy cover pads.
    There are some pretty cool covers you can buy. They aren’t pads just covers. You can find some covers with cool designs.
  3. Check the headphone’s warranty.
    Usually, peeling headphone pads count as wear and tear. So, you won’t be able to replace them with the warranty. It’s still worth to check if they offer replacements.

Now that you know how to fix the flaky headphones you don’t want the same to happen again. We’ll go over why headphones start peeling and how to prevent it.

Why Do Headphones Start Peeling

Headphone pads are the part that suffers the most direct damage. The thing is, even if you’re not doing anything the pads are susceptible to wear and tear.

When you have your headphones on, your ears start warming up and they expend. This puts pressure on the pads. Your ears also start sweating and they release moisture. That’s why headphones are not great for running, the sweat will ruin them.

People tend to clean the padding with inappropriate products. If you’re using alcohol or alcohol-based wipes, the pads will start degrading.

The material of the pads matters too. Most headphones use synthetic leather. Which, if it’s cheap, it doesn’t last long. The sweat will quickly ruin the pads. High-quality synthetic leather is better and lasts longer. Of course, real leather lasts the most.

Synthetic leather is cheaper and more friendly for the environment. Many people are not comfortable with using products that have real animal leather on them. Good synthetic leather can last as much as 5 years.

How To Stop Headphone Pads From Peeling

I’m guessing that you don’t want an expensive, quality pair of headphones to start peeling. The headphones may be designed to last but you can still take precautions. Follow these steps to avoid flaky headphone pads.

  1. Use covers over the pads.

    The easiest way to protect your pads is to not expose them. There are a ton of covers for headphone pads online. Buy a pair as soon as you can. Here’s a design I like.
  2. Stop using the headphones when you’re sweaty.
    Moisture does the most damage to the pads by far. You can stop this by limiting how much you use the headphones. Once you notice that you’re sweating, take a rest until there’s no moisture to damage the pads. You can also wipe the pads with a paper towel.
  3. Keep the headphones in a safe place.
    One little tear in the padding can lead to the whole padding being flaky. When you keep your headphones around many sharp objects, the pads can get damage. All I’m saying is, take care of your headphones when you’re not using them.
  4. Clean your headphones.
    After a long session of using headphones, take the time to clean them. This will prevent dirt from sticking in the pads. Use some kind of special product for the material. You can also use a damp soft cloth, wipe with a paper towel after.

That’s all I have to say on this matter. I hope this helped you. Good luck with fixing your headphones.

Andrej Jovanovski

Hi there, I'm Andrej. I've always been an electronic devices addict, especially audio devices like headphones, earbuds, and headsets. I am staying up-to-date with the technology, so why not write about what you know? I'll share some useful tips about all your headphones related questions.

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