pivot wrote:Wet clean your LPs before frist play. You don't need to have a vacuum based RCM but sure it speeds the process.
Once the records are clean, dust them before each play with a carbon fiber brush.
Playing dirty records does not do your stylus or LPs any favors. Clean records sound better and last longer. No, the stylus is not a cleaning tool.
I wet clean mine with a 50 / 50 mix of distilled water and isopropyl alcohol using a spray on method and rubbing it into the grooves with my bare fingers which I have just cleaned with alcohol. Then I use a soft cotton cloth and wipe up the excess. I do this twice. Then I place it on the turntable and wet it again by using a Discwasher wet with the same spray enough to get the record wet again pretty good.
Then I wipe it down again with a very soft dry cotton cloth until dry and then play the dried record. It takes a minute or two per record but the results are worth it as they are clean clean and newer records make virtually no noise at all even on the outer bit where the stylus first lands on the record.
The best method more than likely is hand cleaning in the sink using dish liquid and distilled clean mineral free water but it takes so long.
I am very extremely happy with my results although i do have to be careful not to get the record label wet as the alcohol can be harsh on the paper label. I have a technique I am used to that does not make contact with the label.
These cleaning rituals are sort of like an art form within themselves no?
In any case after the first deep heavy cleaning I am lucky if I have to clean it ever again that much as a regular light damp wipe with a Discwasher keeps it clean from regular use.
I use this method here I mentioned after buying new used records. You know those mint records that may have basement mold spots or just dirt.