An Easy Way to Clean Vinyl Records

Keeping your vinyl records clean allows them to retain sound quality better and last far longer. Over the years, the records may accumulate static-producing dust and fingerprints, all of which degrade quality. There are professional cleaning machines available, but these can be expensive and difficult to use. Instead, you can clean vinyl records using a homemade cleaning solution, cotton swabs and a microfiber cloth.

Keeping your vinyl record clean can extend its lifespan.
  1. Place the record on a turntable and let it spin with no needle. This makes cleaning a little easier, as you do not have to spin the record yourself.

  2. Blow off any large dust particles with the compressed-air squeeze ball.

  3. Mix equal parts isopropyl alcohol and distilled water in a bowl. Moisten the end of a cotton swab with the cleaning solution and run it through the grooves of the record as it spins. This removes any dirt or dust embedded in the grooves.

  4. Wipe the record dry with the microfiber cloth. This also removes any remaining stray particles.

  5. Allow the record to air-dry for at least 10 minutes before putting it back in its sleeve.

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