Do you clean new vinyl before first playback?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by aakko, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. aakko

    aakko Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Most of the time I clean new vinyl records I've bought with my Knosti before first playback.

    The ones that are in paper inner sleeves I always clean before playback.
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  2. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Yes, because if I have the record cleaner out anyway (and I usually have it out at least once a week), I might as well.
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  3. kevinsponge

    kevinsponge Forum Resident

    Portland, OR USA
    Yes I do, and then into a mofi sleeve unless it comes with an equivalent.
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  4. SirMarc

    SirMarc Forum Resident

    Cranford, NJ
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  5. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    Yes. Every time I clean a batch of new records using my Okki Nokki I empty the contents of the vacuum tank into a bowl. It's always amazing to me the junk that comes of new vinyl. The records might look clean but there's junk in those grooves.
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  6. Psychedelic Good Trip

    Psychedelic Good Trip Senior Member

    New York

    Spin-Clean sometimes, Vacuumed, ultrasonic cleaned for 10--15 minutes, milti anti static gun.

    After the cleaning each vinyl will get its own mofi anti static record sleeve.

    Than the inevitable spin.
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  7. Michael Rose

    Michael Rose Forum Resident

    I do an anti-static cleaning followed by a quick wet cleaning with Mofi brush.
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  8. Kraan

    Kraan Forum Resident

    I do not, due to the simple fact I donĀ“t have a record cleaning machine.
    Thinking about buying a Spin Clean or maybe spending some more and getting a vacuum cleaner like the Okki Nokki, but haven't made my decision yet.
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  9. If I Can Dream_23

    If I Can Dream_23 Forum Resident

    United States
    A no for me. I don't think I've ever cleaned a record, new or used!

    Of course, I don't own or play any records that are so visibly dirty or dusty to the extent that I would be horrified to drop a needle on it.
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  11. AnalogJ

    AnalogJ CMO (Chief Musical Officer)

    Salem, MA
    Ewwwww. :-plnktn-:
  12. David Johnson

    David Johnson Forum Resident

    Atlanta Georgia
    Absolutely, and after that it goes in a Mofi anti static sleeve!
  13. Psychedelic Good Trip

    Psychedelic Good Trip Senior Member

    New York

  14. Crush87

    Crush87 Forum Resident

    New York
    How do people here handle cleaning new records as they come in if their cleaner is a Spin Clean? Seems not worth it unless you have a bunch to do at once.
  15. perplexed

    perplexed Forum Resident

    Northeast NJ, USA
    Most of the time new vinyl goes into the spin clean before playing.

    Always hit it with a carbon fiber brush before playing as well
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  17. perplexed

    perplexed Forum Resident

    Northeast NJ, USA
    If I have one new record, I may just hit it 3 or 4 times with a carbon fiber brush to get rid of dust and static before playing. Then I will spin clean it when I have a few records to clean.
  18. brockgaw

    brockgaw Forum Resident

    I do the same with my Nitty Gritty and MoFi sleeves. It removes the release compound and keeps the stylus clean.
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  19. RoryMcBride

    RoryMcBride Forum Resident

    A bucket of hot soapy water and a wire brush before it goes anywhere near my Crosley
  20. Vince800

    Vince800 Senior Member

    Yes, due to the amount of times I've bought new vinyl and all of the dust from the paper sleeves have been stuck to it.
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  21. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Between new and used, I buy somewhere between one and six LPs in an average week, more if I'm in a crate-digging mood. The fluid lasts 5-6 days before the flocculant and surfactant start to break down, so it's not a problem to wait a few days until enough things have come in.

    They claim you can do 50 records per basin or some number like that, but I never do more than a couple dozen.
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  22. punkmusick

    punkmusick Formerly 4011021

    If it's dusty, a carbon fiber brush. It it's not, no.
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  23. royzak2000

    royzak2000 Senior Member

    Yes, I remember seeing a film of a CD factory it was like a lab. staff in white coats with plastic head gear. Then I saw a photo of a vinyl factory with people smoking, and eating while placing my special purchase into sleeves.
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  24. crispi

    crispi Vinyl Archaeologist

    No. But I might clean it after the first play, if I decide it could use it.
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  25. SHU

    SHU Forum Resident


    And I'm always amazed about the gunk that comes off a brand new, sealed record.

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