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Postby knorr1027 » 11 Jan 2017 02:52

Does anyone clean their records each time they play them? I have a DIY setup with my homemade cleaning solution, a paint edger and microfiber cloths. I have made it a habit to clean my records every time I play them. I'm just wondering if this is good for the records. Thanks.
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Re: Cleaning Records

Postby Poinzy » 11 Jan 2017 16:02

knorr1027 wrote:Does anyone clean their records each time they play them? I have a DIY setup with my homemade cleaning solution, a paint edger and microfiber cloths. I have made it a habit to clean my records every time I play them. I'm just wondering if this is good for the records. Thanks.


Most of the time I just use a sable brush. I might use a microfiber cloth with it occasionally. If I use a liquid, it's mostly just distilled water.

I don't have any problem using any of the above anytime I feel like it. I wouldn't use any solution with alcohol in it every time I wanted to clean my vinyl, though.
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Re: Cleaning Records

Postby m_neveux » 11 Jan 2017 21:55

I use a Spin Clean first time on used or new and then use a carbon fiber brush before every play.
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Re: Cleaning Records

Postby vinyl master » 11 Jan 2017 23:48

m_neveux wrote:I use a Spin Clean first time on used or new and then use a carbon fiber brush before every play.


I'm with you on the Spin-Clean and carbon fiber brush as a simple solution to the problem...The dirtier records may need more attention, but since most of the records I have are in VG+ to NM condition, it's not much of an issue...The thrift store finds, though, can be a different story, but nothing insurmountable with a little patience...
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Re: Cleaning Records

Postby Peter Galbavy » 12 Jan 2017 10:20

I clean all my records prior to playing them, new or old. They (or rather the covers) are then labelled with a sticker which includes the cleaning date.

When playing I may use a brush or blow air over the surface to move cat hair (!) and dust but I have too many records to worry about overplay but if I notice any visual dust or hear noises I don't expect I can run it through the RCM and update the date on discogs (where it is in a custom field) but I have not yet re-printed a label, ever.
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