Old Record Cleaning

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Carbon fibre Brush

A tried and proven method, these pick up the dust and debris with a combination of physical brushing and electrostatic charge, all while de-charging the record. No vinyl collection should be without one.

 

Compressed Air

This is about the most minimal contact method possible. Blowing air across the surface of a record rets rid of anything not physically stuck to or embedded in the vinyl. Make sure it is pure air and does not contain any foreign substances.

 

Distilled water and microfibre cloths

If the record is really in bad condition nothing will fully restore it. But if you really want to play that one dollar second hand collectable you might try a brand new microfiber cloth and distilled water. We suggest copying any rare recordings to digital mediums, and editing any ‘clicks’ with Computer Protools or something similar.

 

Natural fibre Paint Brush

With the rotating record on the player use a dry, clean brush to clean the grooves. Some people use a brush dampened with distilled water, followed by a dry brush for cleaning. Allow to completely dry before playing.

 

Avoid On Records:

Isopropyl alcohol

This pure alcohol was once recommended for vinyl, but not anymore. While it does clean the dirt and dust is also removes the protective layer over the vinyl surface, at least after a few attempts. After 3 or four cleanings the record sounds harsh and brittle. A record cleaned once with this method works well; you might want to try it once to resurrect an old second hand album. But soon the alcohol washes away the sound as well as the grime.

Tap Water.

There are minerals in tap water that stay in the record grooves. It might improve a really dirt record, but it will make a moderately clean one worse. Avoid this.

Playing Wet Records.

This was briefly fashionable in the early 1980s, till people realized that the sound quickly deteriorated. There is debate about what is causing the problem, but the dirt in the record grooves seems to turn to mud and become embedded in the softened vinyl. Bad idea.