Any vinyl music collector can tell you the importance of keeping your music clean and in great shape. It is wise for collecting purposes, but most importantly for sound. Vinyl albums are known by professionals and music fans as being the best format for high-quality sound.
Vinyl outshines all other forms when it comes to the best sound quality possible. With digital technology losing its quality by being compressed, there is no competition. There are a couple of tips you can follow to keep vinyl impeccable and clean. Whether you are a DJ who needs to keep your music sounding its best or a collector who buys, sells, and trades, keeping your vinyl music clean will bring you wonderful benefits.
There are a few different choices to clean your vinyl albums. Your first choice is to buy a record cleaning machine. A record cleaning machine is ideal if you have a huge number of records you need to clean. These cleaning machines put on a solution, wipe down the vinyl, and then vacuum the liquid and dirt off. Cleaning gadgetry comes in all types of brands. They may be a little pricey, but well worth the cash. A machine will clean your LPs better than you would by hand.
If you cannot get a machine, it is possible to do it by hand. You will need to get a good solution and a cleaning brush. You can even use the same brand that is used in cleaning products. It will be critical that you have a professional brush. Your solution bottle can give you good instructions.
It is possible for you to use your own home cleaner. You want to be really careful not to ruin collector’s items like Bob Dylan vinyl or Nirvana vinyl. You should use 90% Isopropyl alcohol or higher to clean your vinyl. Rubbing alcohol and witch hazel have additives that can hurt your vinyl. Consider using simple, basic dish soap as well. Be careful what you buy to wipe and clean your vinyl. Buy a soft microfiber cloth for good results.
How you store your vinyl records is equally as critical. They will keep free of dirt if they are stored correctly. Put clean vinyl in new plastic inner-sleeves. Using the original sleeves will just make them dirty again. Store your record jackets in plastic outer sleeves. This will keep the outside cover as well as the record safe from scratches and dust. You will have a cover and vinyl album that will be in fantastic condition.