As it turns out, well-taken care of vinyl records can last a lifetime. But the very thing that makes folks love the sound tone and feel of vinyl is what makes them difficult to take care of well. How do you to it? Here are some tips from Your Sound Matters:
If you’re on a budget, you can get great results with hand cleaning methods. Place your record on a soft, lint-free surface and apply a record cleaning solution. Tap water should be avoided as it can contain mineral deposits and/or limescale that can damage your record. I personally use GrooveWasher record cleaning solution, which is specially developed to effectively clean vinyl records and not leave any residue. You can purchase the handy kit version (as pictured below), which includes the beautiful walnut cleaning pad and display block, or instead opt for their cost-effective starter kits.(The core cleaning solution is the same in both).
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