"An unhappy discovery after we placed a HomePod on an oiled butcher-block countertop and later on a wooden side table was that it left a defined white ring in the surface", stated a review in Wirecutter.
While the folks over at The Inquirer didn't have such a bad time removing the white rings left by their device, Wirecutter's and Pocket-Lint's marks were much more persistent, fading but never full disappearing.
Apple's recently-launched HomePod smart speaker may be a hit with the critics, but several users have found the device leaves ugly white marks on their wooden furniture. What Jobs' Mob is calling a "vibration-dampening silicone base" the rest of the world calls plastic feet. Apple believes that the ring stains are caused by some sort of chemical reaction with certain wood surfaces treated with oil or wax.
When I learned yesterday that Apple's HomePod speaker-which I had been testing-can damage oil-stained wood, I was more than a little concerned, as it had been sitting on my cabinet for quite some time.
Apple have responded by adding to their support page a section on "Cleaning and taking care of HomePod" where they confirm and explain reasons for this. Users can utilize their Apple devices to stream from Spotify and play it with the HomePod using AirPlay.
Still, the fact that both Apple and Sonos speakers can damage wood furniture is very distressing.
Numerous reviews and users on Twitter have been pointing out the major flaw in Apple's new smart speaker, which is apparently caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the surface of the Apple. While these marks should be easily removed by a damp cloth, some HomePod owners may want to invest in a surface protector like the one now being offered by Pad & Quill. If marks persist, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturers recommended cleaning process. The speaker requires a flat and solid surface in order to function correctly.