Keeping the groove alive

Collecting vinyl records is a popular thing last few years and more and more young population are discovering this exciting and expensive hobby. However, to truly appreciate the full potential of vinyl, proper maintenance is crucial. In this short read, we will explore the art of vinyl cleaning and why it’s essential for preserving the longevity and sound quality of your cherished record collection.

Clean them regularly

Vinyl records are delicate treasures, susceptible to dust, dirt, and various contaminants that can compromise their sound quality. Regular cleaning not only removes these unwanted particles but also helps prevent wear and tear on your turntable’s stylus. By keeping your vinyl records clean, you can ensure an optimal listening experience while prolonging the lifespan of your prized collection.

Essential tools

To embark on your vinyl cleaning journey, you’ll need a few essential tools. Here’s a list of items you should consider having in your vinyl-cleaning tools:

  • Anti-static record brush: Perfect for removing loose debris from the record’s surface.
  • Cleaning solution: There are various cleaning solutions available in the market specifically designed for vinyl records. Look for options that are gentle, non-abrasive, and specifically formulated for vinyl.
  • Microfiber cleaning cloth: Ideal for wiping down your records and removing any residue left behind by the cleaning solution.
  • Record cleaning machine: For those seeking a more advanced and thorough cleaning method, investing in a record cleaning machine can yield excellent results.

Simple cleaning

Before you start cleaning your vinyl records, make sure to handle them with clean hands to avoid leaving fingerprints or oils on the surface. Here’s a step-by-step guide to cleaning your records:

  • Gently brush the surface of the record using an anti-static brush to remove loose debris.
  • Apply a small amount of the cleaning solution onto a microfiber cloth or brush designed for vinyl record cleaning.
  • In a circular motion, gently clean the record’s grooves with the cloth or brush. Be careful not to apply excessive pressure to avoid damaging the record.
  • Once the record has been thoroughly cleaned, use a dry section of the cloth to wipe away any remaining moisture.
  • Allow the record to air dries completely before returning it to its sleeve.

Storing your vinyl records

Always store your vinyl records in the protective inner (and outer) sleeves to prevent dust accumulation. If possible cover them also with outer PVC sleeves. Avoid exposing your vinyl records collection to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight, as this can cause warping. To keep your records clean you also need to keep your turntable clean as well, so regularly cleaning the slipmat and stylus will prevent any transfer of dirt onto your records.

So cleaning your records is simple, but doing that regularly is the only way to keep them in good condition and get the best sound while listening.

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