Cleaning vinyl records is essential to preserve the sound quality and longevity of your collection.
How to clean vinyl records 2023
Here's a step-by-step guide on how to clean your vinyl records properly:
Gather materials: You will need a soft brush (such as a carbon fiber brush), a microfiber cloth, a mild cleaning solution (such as isopropyl alcohol), and a clean, flat surface to work on.
Dust the surface: Before cleaning, use the soft brush to gently remove any surface dust or debris. Brush the brush in a circular motion starting from the center of the record and working your way outwards.
Apply cleaning solution: Dab a small amount of cleaning solution onto the microfiber cloth, then gently rub the cloth in a circular motion over the surface of the record. Be sure not to use too much solution, as it can seep into the grooves and harm the sound quality.
Rinse and dry: Rinse the record with water and dry it thoroughly with a clean, dry microfiber cloth. Make sure to dry the record completely to prevent mold or other contaminants from forming.
Store the record: Store the record in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight to prevent warping or discoloration. You may also want to consider storing your records vertically to prevent warping.
Note: Do not use abrasive cleaning solutions or rough cloths, as they can damage the vinyl and lead to permanent scratches. If your records are particularly dirty or have visible scratches, consider taking them to a professional for a deep clean.