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Caring for your vinyl

Caring for your vinyl

Posted by Rockaway Records on 15th Sep 2021

Whether new or old, every record needs a bit of care to keep it free from crackles, pops, and scratches. Caring for your records will also prolong the life of your stylus.

Physical media — especially vinyl — will flourish with a little love and care.
Here, we outline a few ways to keep your vinyl well maintained.

Preparing to play
There are a range of vacuum and washer record cleaners available. For today we are assuming you are cleaning your beloved vinyl by hand.

We recommend giving your vinyl a brush clean using a vinyl brush before each play. Its a fantastic habit to pick up. Brushing lightly along the grooves will help prevent the build-up for dust and dirt.
Using a carbon brush can reduce static charge on vinyl that attracts dust and velvet brushes are fantastic for getting in a little deeper as they are designed to make more contact with the record. 

Wet cleaning is for giving a deep clean and we recommend using a dedicated vinyl spray with a micro-fibre, anti static cloth. A few sprays on the vinyl (avoiding the label) and wiping your cloth in a circular motion and then following up with a dry cloth.

Storage
Vinyl records need to be stored in an upright position to ensure they stay in good condition. Records that have been stored at a slant for an extended period of time can warp because of the uneven pressure that has been placed on them. This is why records are often kept in crates that position them upright.

We recommend using plastic record sleeves to protect your covers. Ensuring the sleeves are not think PVC as these seem to haze the records over time. 
You can use paper or plastic inner sleeves and everyone has a different opinion. 

More info coming soon x