Record Cleaning Tips

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Michael Fremer Posted: Mar 31, 2017 Published: Mar 30, 2017 58 comments
AudioQuest's carbon fiber brush, in production for thirty five years, has been the industry "standard" dry record brush. If you have the one pictured above, please throw it out or donate it to a really needy record collector.

Michael Fremer Posted: Aug 20, 2016 Published: Aug 19, 2016 37 comments
Surely you’ve seen the YouTube guy who uses wood glue to clean records. He brushes it on and when it’s dry, he peels off the glue and the record gets a “facial peel.”

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 08, 2013 22 comments
After steam cleaning the flood damaged record (see 'Can Steam Save This Record?") I used Audio Intelligent Enzymatic Cleaning Fluid and the Loricraft cleaning machine.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 03, 2013 17 comments
Back in April a reader sent me a box of flood-damaged records. I said then that I would try to resurrect them. More than 7000 people read that post and have been waiting with baited breath for almost six months!
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Michael Fremer Posted: May 02, 2013 54 comments
This is a digital microscope shot of my Lyra Atlas. I am embarrassed.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 23, 2013 36 comments
An reader "lost" much of his collection due to water damage.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 19, 2013 6 comments
"Record Cleaning Made Difficult", Michael Wayne's definitive and fanatical record cleaning article originally published in The Tracking Angle back in the mid '90s includes use of Allsop's no long in production Orbitrac™, which was a pad based cleaning system that fit over the turntable spindle, allowing you to easily rotate it around the record.
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Michael Wayne Posted: Jan 01, 2012 7 comments

Editor's Note: While this article is at least 10 years old, to my knowledge it still offers one of the most comprehensive and effective record cleaning regimens ever published. Nitty Gritty's 'First' cleaning fluid, mentioned in the piece, is no longer available. While it was extremely effective, it was environmentally unfriendly and had to be taken off the market. In addition, many new, non-isopropyl based cleaning fluids (alcohol is still used in most of them, just not isopropyl, which is said to dry up vinyl plasticizers) are now available. Even if you don't follow the regimen precisely, the principles are worth noting.