How do clean your lps?

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  1. Kevin C Brown

    Kevin C Brown Producer

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    I have been using a Discwasher-like brush that Audio Technica put out a long time ago. Techniclean. (I bought like a gallon of the Discwasher fluid to use with it, also a long time ago, because I was afraid they'd quit making it. [​IMG] )
    But I think the brush has aged to the point where I'm not usually getting good contact along across an lp's surface.
    What do HTF'ers use? Discwasher would be my default, but maybe there's something else?
    Got to be less than $100. Not a $600 Nitty Gritty vacuum machine... (Unless you know of one cheap somewhere!)
     
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    KAB Electronics markets a completely manual version (you supply the vacuum from a vacuum cleaner) of the Nitty Gritty. They are selling it for >$140 + shipping. Check it out. IMHO vacuum cleaning is the only way you're going to get LP's clean.
    http://kabusa.com/index_ac.htm
     
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    If I have a really dirty LP I run tap water over it and then just use a soft clean cloth to dry. Then I'll clean again with discwasher before playing.
     
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    The Allsop Orbitrac is pretty effective at getting gunky records cleaner but it doesn't help a lot with surface noise.
    The Disc Doctor method is a lot more tedious, but reportedly very, very effective at getting rid of the surface noise.
    I've never used the Disc Doctor fluid (too pricey for me), but the LP brushes are excellent.
    My method is using the Disc Doctor brushes with my own mix of 3 parts Distilled Water to 1 part Isopropyl Alcohol on my VPI HW 16.5 vacuum machine. Very quick, easy and effective.
    -Mike...
     
  5. Kevin C Brown

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    Cool. I can get DI water from where I work.
    OOh, stupid question: Deionized or distilled better? (I always forget.)
    Any thoughts on this one:
    http://www.garage-a-records.com/spin.html
    ?
    Cheap but maybe looks effective.
    The biggest reason why I question what I have and the Discwasher, is if an album has any non-flatness to it, can the brush deform enough to still get into the grooves?
    Any suggestions for cleaning clothes? (I imagine that cotton is best, or maybe those shoe polish-type cloths? Felt-ish?)
     
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    Disc Doctor. I still have my Discwasher stuff sitting around, but don't use it any more. DD is way better.
     
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    I use the old Discwasher D4 system and have no complaints about it and no particular desire for anything better.
     
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    You can look at http://www.sundazed.com/store on vinyl and you can see what Analog guru Michael Fremer say's how you should clean your LP's.
     
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    Why the Ronco Record Vacuum, of course!
    [​IMG]
     
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    A mixture of lukewarm not hot water and dish washing
    liquid will remove most grease. After, rinse very well
    to remove all soap with tap water and then a final
    rinse with distilled water. Tap water will leave minerals
    behind and if not removed with distilled water it
    coul ruin your record.

    Good luck !!

    Robert
     
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    Robert, how do you dry? (Air dry after the distilled water?)
    And how exactly do you wash them? By hand? With a soft cloth?
    Too many suggestions... [​IMG]
    Bill- I had one of those record vacuums when I was a kid. Lost track of it when I moved out here.
     
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    I use the DD brushes and solution. You can clean a whole lot of records with the solution and the felt brushes are excellent!!!!Total cost is about $65 for everything.
    Buy a dish rack and let the records airdry after the distilled water rinse.
    I did that for a while but purchased a barebones Nitty Gritty vacuum from Audioadvisor for $200. The vacuum really completes the process, IMO, but airdry is o.k. too.
    Also, buy some new record sleeves to put your clean record in, I don't even dust my records after I have thoroughly cleaned them using DD/vacuum method, the cleaning also anti-statics them. VRP sleeves are very nice for your favorite LP's, enjoy! [​IMG]
    BTW, here is the sale of a huge record collection just waiting to be cleaned. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...item=907870854
     
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    You should NOT use any dish washing liquid or other like that. You will "dry" up the vinyl and it will more fragile and will give you in the end more clicks and pops. I say it AGAIN, look at what Fremer wrote on the link I gave.
     
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    Mattias- I looked through your link, but it looked like just lps for sale. ??

    Yeah, DD gets recommended a lot. Even if I use my own mix, the brushes might be worth it...
     
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    Best stuff we ever sold was a kind of 'liquid glue' you spread on one side at a time - let it dry an hour or two - and then peeled off.

    Certainly didn't fix any scratches - but sure pulled off gunk and dirt like crazy!

    I recall it was made in Sweden - anything like that available today?
     
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  20. Mattias_ka

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    Kevin C Brown, Look here:
    How to clean LP's
    mike_decock, Yes, a lot of people use isopropyl and Fremer and other don't think that's so good for the vinyl. Disc doctor is the best according to a lot of people.
     

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