Danger of over-cleaning?

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Estragon64
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Danger of over-cleaning?

Post by Estragon64 » 15 Jun 2019 23:10

Is it possible to clean a record too much or too often?

I run every newly acquired LP thru the Spin-Clean once, and after that, I only clean it again if it obviously needs it. This seems to be the usual recommendation. However, is it possible to damage a record if you clean it multiple times?

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Re: Danger of over-cleaning?

Post by circularvibes » 16 Jun 2019 00:17

If you use cleaning solutions that are essentially very dilute and non corrosive, I do not see why it would do harm on records made of vinyl. My question is why would one need to clean many times if the discs are handled properly? I do occassionaly have to reclean due to fingerprints, but that would be a light cleaning. I am slightly clumsy due to neuropathy and prefer fingerprints to dropping a record. If you have older records made of materials other than vinyl, over cleaning may do harm as chemicals can be removed or the surface taken off. I know a DJ who uses a lightly misted cloth to clean his records as he plays them and deep cleans them as necessary. His records seem to be okay after more than 25 years.

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Re: Danger of over-cleaning?

Post by Bob Dillon » 16 Jun 2019 00:49

If you went crazytown and cleaned a vinyl record with water and solution - especially an alcohol based solution - like 5,000 times, could that cause some plasticizer to leach from the vinyl ? That would be the only danger I suppose.

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Re: Danger of over-cleaning?

Post by Estragon64 » 16 Jun 2019 01:13

Yeah, I really don't see how repeatedly cleaning a record using an accepted method could damage it. But you hear every opinion under the sun if you talk to audiophiles and vinyl lovers, so I thought it was worth asking.

I sometimes do repeat cleanings of a record if I play it A LOT, meaning dozens of times. It does seem to help freshen it up a bit.

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