Is There Any Way To Clean My Turntable Mat (Rubber Stock Mat)

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  1. AcidPunk15

    AcidPunk15 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I was wondering if there was any to clean the dust, dirt, and debris stuck in my Technics SL-1500 Stock Mat.

    Should I use a toothpick? Is there a preferred method?
     
  2. vwestlife

    vwestlife Forum Resident

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    Soap and water.
     
  3. jon9091

    jon9091 Master Of Reality

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    Warm soap and water?
     
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  4. allied333

    allied333 TUBE AMPLIFIER REBUILDER - inquire

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    Washing machine?
     
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  5. David A.

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  6. KT88

    KT88 Forum Resident

    And a brush to get in the grooves.
     
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  7. DigMyGroove

    DigMyGroove Forum Resident

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    The In the Groove record cleaning roller which I've been using on my records for a few years also works great on my mat. Even those who are leery of using it on records (which you needn't be) would benefit from using it on their mats.
     
  8. AcidPunk15

    AcidPunk15 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Is there any type of soap I should use in particular. Can I use dishwasher soap?
     
  9. jon9091

    jon9091 Master Of Reality

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    Yeah, I would just use a little bit of Dawn and some warm water. Use a stiff brush to get the crud off (no need to scrub too hard), and then pat it dry on a soft, clean towel.
     
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  10. patient_ot

    patient_ot Forum Resident

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    The YT user "Vinyl Room" has some tips on how to clean rubber mats using cleaners that are specifically designed for the material. Unfortunately it was buried in a review of an old Denon turntable, so you may want to find his channel and PM directly about it.

    If I was going to do it with stuff around the house, I'd make sure the cleaner was very diluted and mild so as not to harm the material.
     
  11. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    Use a mild dish soap, and never a dishwasher detergent.

    Rinse with clean water and pat to dry.
     
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  12. AcidPunk15

    AcidPunk15 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Found It. Its from an Overview of the Denon DP-47: Starts @1:35
     
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  13. Cylontymany

    Cylontymany Member

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    Some original mats ooze oil out of them-those should be tossed and replaced with a leather or a cork and rubber combo mat.
     
  14. AcidPunk15

    AcidPunk15 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    They make these? I didn't know I will check that out.
     

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