How can I stop HomePod staining my wooden furniture?

Alex Kidman 15 February 2018 NEWS

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Apple's fancy new HomePod sure sounds great, but it may also stain your furniture if you're not careful.

Apple's only just released the somewhat-delayed Apple HomePod, which means it's pretty early days for its first foray into the smart speaker market.

We loved its enveloping sound in our Apple HomePod review, but it's emerging that it may leave more than an audio mark on your home, with reports that the silicon base of the HomePod may leave a coffee cup-style ring on some wooden surfaces.

I can't say that the Space Grey HomePod I've been testing displayed those kinds of issues as yet, with most reports citing the white HomePod as the most obvious offender.

What can I do to stop a HomePod staining my furniture?

Well, you could take it out for walks when it starts wagging its tail and whimpering... no, wait, that's dogs, isn't it?

Apple has released a support document that admits that there may be an issue, but it's not exactly rich with detail. Specifically, it states that:

"It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces.

The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface, and will often go away after several days when the speaker is removed from the wooden surface.

If not, wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks. If marks persist, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturer's recommended cleaning process.

If you’re concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface."

So there you have it. Clean the surface if you want to keep the HomePod there, or move the HomePod to a different location, which would seem to be the wiser choice for long-term HomePod use. That's unless you never plan to move it ever, at which point a ring underneath it would be obscured by the HomePod itself.

You could in theory place something under the HomePod to absorb any naughty escaping silicone, but that invites new audio problems, thanks to the HomePod's use of bottom-firing speakers to create its immersive sound.

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This would never stain anything, but trust us, it sounds terrible.

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