Cleaning a record

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by onlyconnect, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. onlyconnect

    onlyconnect The prose and the passion Thread Starter

    Winchester, UK
    I have the remains of some sticky patch that water alone will not shift. Which is less detrimental, detergent or diluted isopropyl alcohol?

  2. Tetrack

    Tetrack Forum Resident

    Scotland, UK.
    I would say diluted Iso.
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  3. hbucker

    hbucker Well-Known Member

    I would think naptha/lighter fluid would be a good try.
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  4. Ripblade

    Ripblade Forum Resident

    The Six
    Straight ISO is ok too if necessary.
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  5. Thorensman

    Thorensman Forum Resident

    I regularly use cotton wool and a bar of soap and hot water.
    Sounds horrific.
    But it gets the record really clean.
    Record may seem to warp slightly.
    But always returns to normal.
    In fact nothing seems to cure/ cause warping.
    Using a lint free cloth polish in clockwise
    Then a wash in isopropyl alcohol quietens
    The record
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  6. VinylSoul

    VinylSoul Forum Resident

    Lake Erie
    What is it sugar based or glue based? Sugar based use detergent. Glue use a cotton ball and ligher fluid followed by detergent/water wash then rinse. Vinyl's the best!
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  7. eflatminor

    eflatminor Forum Resident

    I have found with some organic/sticky substances that the best course of action is to not use any liquid-based cleaning method, but rather try removing it with a toothpick or perhaps wiping it off with a microfiber towel. Then clean with RCF.

    Depends on the substance.
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    28003, Madrid
    I clean the vinyls on:
    1.- Clean with water the surfaces , wih my hand no products
    2.- After dry of the surface I clean the surfaces with water BIdestilled, isopropilico , a little normal alchool and a drops from a clean product used for to clean in the rest room. I put in in a bottle , half liter warter BIdestilled, quarter liter isopropilico, normal alcohool more or less half of quarter liter and about 6 - 10 clean productI wait about 15 minutes and the surfaces are OK during many,many time I use a microfiber cloth. When I finish with each disc I pass a antistatic brush for the surface.
    Is a little hard but work. i am listening disc clean so from disc recorded in 1962 and I have not noise.
    Sorry for my bad english but i am sure that you understand me. In any case you donĀ“t hesitate im tell me.
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  9. miguelfcp

    miguelfcp Member

    Guys do you recommend any video to help how to clean records?

    Another question, after I clean my records when I play it I heard more crackle than before the wash. Why?
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  11. eflatminor

    eflatminor Forum Resident

    Tutorials are out there, but a rec depends on what method you're using or intending to use: vacuum machine, string machine, immersion-type (like a Spin Clean), manual clean (like Disc Doctor), Ultrasonic, etc.

    Regarding hearing more noise post clean, that is not uncommon with some methods. If you don't actually remove the debris while cleaning, sometimes it's just moved around within the groove. You can even dislodge debris that wasn't previously in contact with the stylus, but ends up moving to a new area that is heard. The solution? Clean it again with a better system/method.
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  12. dachada

    dachada Maracalp

    I use a solution with 2 part of water and 1 part of Ethyl Alcohol with few drops of Orange Oil d-Limonene as dissolvent
  13. Thorensman

    Thorensman Forum Resident

    If you are washing with soapy water
    And drying although nice and clean
    Water causes vinyl roar.
    Washing in a 50/50 ,mix of isopropyl alcohol and distilled water will
    Cure this

    I clean records daily ( not for myself)
    I use winyl which is a sticky liquid
    Thay sets to gel which is easily peeled
    Off leaving a silent record
    If you are not washing aa i suggest you maybe surprised how good Winyl id
    Ita available from Ebay
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  14. miguelfcp

    miguelfcp Member

    When you say 50/50 of alcohol and distilled water, how much ml we are talking about? And what you use to clean the record? Soft cloth dive into the solution and then to record?
  15. Thorensman

    Thorensman Forum Resident

    I use enough solution,1/2 litre of each
    To fill a disco antistat bath.
    The two brushes do the rest.
    Believe me, a piece of cotton wool
    And soap really shifts a lot of muck

    A good rinse and partially dry with a thin
    Piece of sponge really cleans.
    Vinyl shines
    The use of winyl after thid results in total silence.
    Seems to enhance performance
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  16. muskrat

    muskrat Well-Known Member

    There is a thread on another forum and this works! 2 in 1 shampoo w/conditioner. I use a 50/50 water shampoo in a spray bottle, spread w/paint pad, rinse. Rinse again w/distilled water, spray bottle. Dry w/microfiber, air dry. Low humidity here so 10 min. Find m/f towels that actually absorb water, many do not. And never use any kind of fabric softener when cleaning towels. You will get a big ball of dust half way through side, on your needle. No static and never any kind of build up on the stylus. I have been doing this for a couple of months and it works great. I use suction cups to protect labels. I have a pint of Groovinator just sitting there because this works so much better. Sounds to good to be true, try it.
  17. miguelfcp

    miguelfcp Member

    I'm somehow curious. Is there a video to see before I try it?
  18. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    I've cleaned a lot of records using a toothbrush, water and a little of dishwasher, and most of them improved considerably
  19. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident

    Tryon, NC, USA
    If it's dusty, I'll use my VPI. If it's truly dirty or has some foreign substance on it, I go straight to the Titebond II.

    I had a 45 with a weird gooky film covering the entire surface. It took three times with the wood glue, but it finally came clean.

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