The Pros & Cons of Different Vinyl Cleaning Methods

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care, Record Cleaning6 Comments

Ask ten people how to clean vinyl records, and you’ll undoubtedly get ten different answers. As the saying goes, “there’s more than one way to shine a penny”. Some methods of cleaning vinyl records are more widely excepted than others, of course, but if we take the pragmatic route, I think we can safely conclude that each approach has pros … Read More

How to Clean Vinyl Records, Quickly and Easily

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care, Record Cleaning12 Comments

A clean, well looked after vinyl record is a joy to behold, and in my opinion, the best way to experience your favorite music as the artist intended. Dirty records, on the other hand, will quickly have you reaching for the mute button. If you’ve just started your vinyl hobby—or you’ve recently rekindled the old record flame—the chances are you’ve come across … Read More

How to Clean Vinyl Records by Hand

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
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In an ideal world, we’d all be able to clean vinyl records with a fancy, purpose-built device, such as a vinyl vacuum system or an ultrasonic cleaning setup. Unfortunately, however, many of these advanced cleaning methods are either cost-prohibitive or impractical for the average vinyl record collector. Consequently, many of us must settle for good old fashioned hand cleaning. I … Read More

How to Clean Vinyl Records

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care, Record Cleaning16 Comments

To fully enjoy vinyl, you must keep your records clean. Dirty records don’t just sound bad, they’re also bad for your turntable, as the increased stress on your stylus will significantly shorten its life. This, in turn, will also lead to increased record wear. You can read more about complete record care in our previous post, but for today, we’re going to focus … Read More

Pro-Ject VC-S2 ALU Vacuum Record Cleaning Machine Review

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care, Record Cleaning, Reviews9 Comments

Sound Matters test Pro-Jects new and improved flagship vacuum-powered record cleaning machine: Keeping your vinyl records clean is essential if you want them to sound great for a lifetime and beyond. For this reason, vinyl record cleaning remains one of the most-read topics on Sound Matters. For those on a tight budget, you can achieve great results cleaning records by … Read More

Is it safe to clean vinyl records with alcohol?

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care, Record Cleaning6 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

How to Use a Carbon Fiber Brush to Clean Records

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care, Record Cleaning6 Comments

The humble carbon fiber brush is an essential accessory for any turntable. If you don’t already own one, you should change that pretty quickly and start incorporating one into your daily playback routine. It’s good practice to use one before and after each play, as this will help to prevent dust and dirt building up into a bigger problem further … Read More

How NOT to clean vinyl records

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care, Record Cleaning1 Comment

Great vinyl records are clean vinyl records, that much is well understood. But with so much advice available on the internet, how can you determine which cleaning methods lead to vinyl nirvana, and which ones lead to frustration and regret? We’ve covered plenty of tried and tested cleaning methods at Sound Matters, but this article is different. This time, we’ll be … Read More

Clean Vinyl Records, According to the Folks at GrooveWasher

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
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Great sounding vinyl records are clean vinyl records, and few know more about this topic than GrooveWasher founder, Steve Chase. We talk to Steve about his journey in building a modern record cleaning system designed to enhance the listening experience for new and veteran vinyl enthusiasts. Steve also has some expert tips for our readers to help keep your precious … Read More