Cleaning Vinyl Records
Choosing the Right Vinyl Record Cleaner for Manual Cleaning
When Record Cleaning, a vinyl record cleaner is just a cleaner. They’re all the same? You’d be very wrong to think that!
Choosing the right vinyl cleaner kit and Stylus Cleaner Kit is a worthwhile investment. This is especially true if you have a valuable vinyl collection. Even more so if your tone-arm cartridge has an expensive stylus needle.
So, what can you clean vinyl record with? There are many web posts on how to clean vinyl records DIY. For example, how to clean records with soap and water or cleaning records with vinegar. We have even seen how to clean vinyl records with Windex (that’s Windolene to us Brits!!!!).
It might well be a cheap option. However, due to harsh additives found in household products, damage may occur due to physical and chemical reaction with the vinyl record. Harmful residue deposits can irreparably damage your record and your stereo cartridge.
Quality by Design
A quality vinyl record cleaner should consist of high purity ingredients. This is due to their efficiency in cleaning the record deep into the grooves whilst leaving no harmful residues. The best vinyl record cleaner will have all these attributes. In fact, the best record cleaning fluids contain lab grade ingredients only such as our bestselling Shimmer vinyl record solution. Accordingly, our Professional record cleaner can therefore be used both with a micro-fibre cloth and all vacuum record cleaner machines. See our Shimmer economy BULK Sizes!
Check that your cleaner has 99.999% laboratory grade Iso-propyl Alcohol (IPA), best quality distilled water (we use 6 times steam distilled water which is the best available). Crucially, we add a high-quality surfactant (wetting/drying agent). For this reason alone, we use Ilford Ilfotol which is the purest in its class as used by The Professional Film Industry.
Value for Money
A good vinyl record cleaner need not be expensive either. Ours works out at around a penny a record! Invest in a quality vinyl cleaner and you will benefit from many years of listening to your vinyl in wonderful vinyl sound quality!
Enjoy your vinyl!