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Der_Onkel



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:35 pm    Post subject: How to clean a record??? Reply with quote

Too risky don't you think so?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gyvipBs6Vs
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ALWAYS USE THE CLOCKWISE MOTION!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyDpDz7fLkg

That aside I honestly just use a dry paper towel to wipe off dust if it becomes an issue.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A cloth???

Do we have a thread on how to correctly open parcels?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:17 pm    Post subject: Re: How to clean a record??? Reply with quote

Der_Onkel wrote:
Too risky don't you think so?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gyvipBs6Vs


WOW, I have collected some really OLD records, some are from the 1940s or 50s I would guess and even cleaning them with a cloth for reading glasses/sunglassses and lens cleaner fluid still is not good enough. The dirt/dust is maybe permanent?

I am going to try this method shown in the video soon.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well you can get pro cleaning liquid that comes in a bottle and a brush of sorts....just look around.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could buy one of these: http://www.needledoctor.com/Online-Store/Record-Cleaning-Machines

Or

You could go this guy’s route, it does the same thing as the machines above there is just more elbow grease involved. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNLGo5K5m_M

There are other methods of cleaning records I am just too lazy to list them.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used a regular store brand powder and my record got all smashed and broken.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched a related link to cleaning vinyl and storing them. and this part of the video made me laugh, only that he is giving advice...

http://youtu.be/mXiCIyv2Vv0?t=6m55s
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vega360 wrote:
ALWAYS USE THE CLOCKWISE MOTION!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyDpDz7fLkg

That aside I honestly just use a dry paper towel to wipe off dust if it becomes an issue.


Aren't paper towels made to be a bit abrasive?
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steel wool works for me
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just clean it like you would a cd. Use a soft clean cloth, wiping from the center to the edge. Never use a clockwise or counter clockwise motion. It hasn't failed me yet. Its a record, its not rocket surgery (see what I did there?) Smile
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okki Nokki vinyl cleaning machine:

http://www.okkinokki.de/
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Swiffer Dry cloths - they work great.
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Record cleaning is a little controversial, because you can spend in excess of US$1,000 on a cleaning machine. I personally don't know anyone who has done that, but one of the local record stores has one.

There are people who believe that cleaning records can reduce the amount of surface noise and clicks and pops. Some people even believe that a new record should be cleaned after purchase, so that the residual compounds used to keep the vinyl from sticking to the press are removed. I don't really have any opinion on the latter.

Mostly, your records will collect dust. I don't think it is such a good idea to use paper towels, because they can produce a fair amount of lint. I have heard of people using the Pledge micro fiber cloths, because they are dry, with great success. I have not that done myself.

Back in the day, I had a Discwasher. Probably the D2. Anyway, I understand that the company has been sold and the brushes are not what they once were. At one time, the brushes were unidirectional, but now, apparently common corduroy is used.

Do not clean a record from center to edge. That runs the risk of scratching the grooves. It will be counterintuitive to those who grew up with CDs, but the concerns are different. With a CD, you don't want to wipe out a string of info by scratching the surface. So the recommendation is to wipe from center to edge. With vinyl, it is just the opposite.

I have been toying with the idea of getting the Spin Clean Record Washer. It is a bath that the record spins through. Perhaps not quite as powerful as the machines with vacuum cleaning, but much easier on the wallet.
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