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Hi all! Yesterday I was tidying up my garage and found a stack of vinyls and wanted to get them in order, these guys write that you can clean them with vinegar, is that really true? I have seen liquids and cleaning kits for sale, but I would like to not spend a lot of money:)
top of the page. You will be totally overwhelmed with all the posts about record cleaning fluid. Have fun.
for $75, you get the trough, small bottle of fluid concentrate, some diaper cloth rags and one pair of velvet brushes. for $130 you get all that plus a quart of concentrate, TWO pairs of brushes. you'll need the quart of fluid sooner than later so just go for the $130.
a trip to harbor freight for a couple of packs of microfiber cloths and to a walmart or equivalent for a wooden dish rack or similar to dry the records after the washing. follow their directions for washing. use the supplied rags only as a pad to then cover with one mf cloth so you can lat the disc down and lightly wipe the bulk of the fluid (mixed with either distilled or as i do--reverse osmosis water) so you don't leave enough to leave a residue.
then the LPs go onto the rack (i use 6" lucite photo easels that i get at walmart--at least 5, i have ten) for the drying at about 20 min or so.
tip--with a qtip, apply a small dab of vaseline, smearing it carfully on the axles of the rollers to reduce the friction and wear that otherwise would happen sooner than later.
i dominate the kitchen sink area while doing this and if a record is very dusty, i rinse the disc off with the faucet (no need for distilled but if your osmosis spigot is on the sink, you CAN use it if you must).
soon you will develop a routine that works for you.
The VPI cleaning fluid concentrate costs $25 and makes a gallon of fluid.
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Do not take seriously ANYTHING you read on a site that refers to a stylus tip as a "needle".
fstein gave you the recipe for a decent and cheap cleaner. Just be sure to rinse well and do your best to keep labels dry.
Lots of arguments here/. Cheapest is 30% alcohol (in distilled water) + a drop of dish detergent on a microfibre cloth
No, he really said that you can't.
"So, if you clean the records with vinegar, it may:
promote mildew growth
eat up aluminum parts of the cartridge
create an acidic environment.
Acid is corrosive to cantilevers or carts. "
BTW, they are called "vinyl records" or simply "records". Not vinyls. Vinyls is not a word.
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