Storing Vinyl Records Safely to Protect Your Collection

Marc HenshallNew to Vinyl, Record Care, Record Storage8 Comments

Storing vinyl records safely is essential. Whether it’s for day-to-day accessibility or long-term in storage boxes, you must store them correctly to ensure they last a lifetime and beyond. You’ve worked hard to afford your collection, and the chances are, you’d like them to remain in great condition for as long as possible. If you’re anything like me, you’d probably … Read More

How to Clean Vinyl Records – The Ultimate Guide

Marc HenshallCleaning Vinyl, Record Care19 Comments

Vinyl records are more popular than ever. Their distinctive sound, and immersive, tactile listening experience has solidified the format as the ultimate way to own music. When properly looked after, your vinyl record collection will last a lifetime and beyond, and a huge part of this is keeping your vinyl clean. Most importantly of all, clean vinyl records sound amazing, … Read More

Is it safe to clean vinyl records with alcohol?

Marc HenshallCleaning Vinyl, Record Care12 Comments

There is much debate among the vinyl community around the use of alcohol to clean vinyl records. Isopropyl alcohol, in particular, is popular with many collectors as a key ingredient in homemade record cleaning solutions. But is it safe? Some collectors swear by it, others warn of potential hazards. To help shed some light on the topic, we’ve done a … Read More

Best Outer Record Sleeves for Maximum Protection

Marc HenshallRecord Care, Record Storage5 Comments

A crisp, brand new record straight off the production line is a beauty to behold. Untouched by the outside world, your new record arrives spotless and ready to provide years, decades, possibly generations of joy. Vinyl really is the best format for experiencing the album as an art form. But there’s a problem… As soon as we begin enjoying our … Read More

Best Vinyl Record Inner Sleeves

Marc HenshallRecord Care, Record Storage2 Comments

To safely store your vinyl records, you need good quality inners sleeves. We’re all familiar with the standard-issue paper sleeves supplied with most new record releases, but are these really up to the job? Basic paper sleeves might be cheap to produce, but they’re not up to the job if you want your records to last a lifetime and beyond. … Read More

Fall Giveaway: Win a Sound Matters Designed Hoodie and T-Shirt of Your Choice

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As we start heading into the cooler months, we’re giving Sound Matters subscribers the chance to win one of our popular hoodie and t-shirt designs. The lucky winner can choose one hoodie and one t-shirt from the Sound Matters store. Our designs celebrate the continued resurgence in vinyl records despite the relentless progress of our digital age. Show your support … Read More

Guard Your Records Against Moisture with Desiccant Cards

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When considering how to store our vinyl records for the long term, it’s essential to consider the humidity of your environment and the subsequent exposure to moisture. If the humidity of our storage location starts to exceed around 55% or higher, we run the risk of mold growing on the record sleeve (or worse, on the vinyl itself).  If practical, … Read More

How to Fix Split Seams on Record Jackets

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If you buy a lot of used records, you’ll surely have encountered a record jacket or cover with a ripped or split seam. Aside from looking unsightly, split seams pose a real headache for collectors as the record can easily fall out of the sleeve, causing damage. Split seams are extremely common, and there are several ways to approach fixing … Read More