Beginners Guide To Record Cleaning
There are many different ways to clean vinyl records, first I'm going to show you how I clean mine, then I'll show you a way to clean yours for pence. Then you can Google how others clean their records, all I will say is if anyone came near my collection with wood-glue, he'd be picking his teeth out of his ass.
Time to get stuck in! First use a cloth or brush to get the dust of the record, then apply the liquid to the surface, try and avoid getting it on the label.
Once you've cleaned both sides, stand the record in a rack and clean the next one. I tend to work in batches of ten.
OK, now the records are clean, but despite what any of these labels say about cleaning fluid evaporating, it's still on the record and will appear on your stylus as unpleasant white sticky fluff.
Next I use a Knosti Disco Antistat record cleaner and some distilled water. The Knosti is around £40-50, it is the cheapest and often voted the best manual cleaners out there, distilled water can be purchased at your local garage for 50p a litre.
Then I place the record back in the rack and repeat until all ten are done. After about an hour and a half, they are dry and ready for the turntable.
In case you are wondering, there are machines that will do this whole process for you, the bad news is they start at around £545 - fear not worshipers of the clean groove! For the price of a Mofi Brush and a bottle of distilled water you too can have shiny vinyl.
Just apply the distilled water to the record and wipe around with the Mofi brush, moving it in the direction if the grooves.
Then place your record in a rack to dry.
Replacement pads are available for the Mofi brush.
One last tip for brushing 7" singles.
Notes for the curious:-
There are an incredible amount of liquid cleaning options out there, from the basic record cleaner pictured on the right hand side of the first photo to the exotic and naturally expensive. There are some who claim they can tell by the sound of the record what solution has been used, if this is true than first of all they haven't cleaned the solution from the record properly and secondly they require a special bus to transport them to David Icke seminars.
I'd avoid using tap water to wash off records. Our water mineral of choice is Chalk and that would not be a great friend to your beloved wax. Similarly other naturally occurring ingredients (aluminum, copper, lead) are not welcome at the Vinyl Inn. There are distilled water options for record cleaning, quadruple distilled it may be, it's also quadruple expensive. But I guess you get what you pay for, right Hipsters?
To get some idea of further cleaning products, take a look at Deco Audio