How I Clean Vinyl Records, DIY Pro Quality

My method for cleaning used vinyl records. I discuss making your own cleaning fluid. An easy to find cleaning brush. And using your home vac and some plumbing parts to suck up all the dirt and cleaning fluid just like a professional record cleaning machine.

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Pinchedi says:

I just make my woman clean them.

SouthWestNS Productions says:

I can get 99% isopropyl alcohol up here in Canada. I’ve noticed that Americans can never get a higher percentage isopropyl alcohol than 91%.. Do they not sell the 99% one in the US?

Ole Bjerregaard says:

Hi
Very nice and useful video – I can use some of your techniques. I do have a question, however. The cloth on the vacuum pipe – won’t it become soaked fairly quick?
I’m thinking maybe it would a good idea not to glue it to the pipe, so that it’s possible to rotate the cloth, to keep a dry section over the suction-slit?

David J says:

Thanks for the great video.

How did you cut the groove in the PVC?

Güille Cachaza says:

“Alcohol releases plasticizers from the record as well as the essential oils and stabilizers used for processing the vinyl.” Homebrewed solutions are the cheap way to do it. A Disc Doctor/Nitty Gritty/Mobile Fidelity solution is not really that expensive and it will not harm your records.

David McKay says:

I know this an older video, but I have just stumbled across it. I followed your advice and made your cleaning solution. THANK YOU. I have had Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline for awhile now but the third song on Side A has ALWAYS skipped. I cleaned the record as you described and after letting it dry it played through with NO skip. Thank you!!

Rogelio Saenz says:

A vacuum, lol. talk about over complicating shit, lol. Dude has way to much time in his hands. However the solvent I’ll have to try.

rsidney23 says:

Cool vid serial killer like but I like it

Exterminence says:

lol, I just finished using that same brand of 91% alcohol to clean the basket that holds the coffee in my coffee maker. I do it regularly to remove any buildup and remove built up coffee odor. It’s good stuff, cleans very well and evaporates quickly without leaving any residue. And I have some of those same leftover painting brush pads that are still in the package that I bought at Walmart from when I repainted my living room not too long ago. All Walmart stuff! lol! The only thing I don’t have is that other fluid. Is that fluid absolutely necessary? Also, it’s kinda hard to really scratch vinyl if you use reasonable care. I saw this video of this maniac using, if my memory serves me correctly, Pledge and microfiber towels!! He just sprayed the record and wiped it off with the micro towel and they appeared brilliantly shiny and he played one and it sounded great!And he really wasn’t very gentle when using the microfiber towel!!
I was wondering, would it be possible to skip the water and that other fluid and just use the alcohol and brush? Or would it be too harsh and dry out the vinyl? I learned from experience that it does dry out plastic surfaces if used alot, but basically I just want to clean any dust off my records because they’ve haven’t been played in over 25 years and have basically been sitting in their covers. I would probably have to buy and use new record sleeves, but you can get them from Amazon pretty inexpensively. So I’d have to order those before doing anything that way I’ll have them ready when I clean them. I’m so tempted to try the “Pledge method” but I’m kinda afraid of scratching basically mint records that are no longer available.

beau pfeiffer says:

no distiled water its not a evropator metho and iso pro is just my theory i mix 70% 100% iso pro and 30% metho shines nice a cd cleaner mix works the same

Frank Huguenard says:

have you tried wood glue or there’s a product from australia that is similar that you goop on and pull off but it’s expensive here in the us. I’ve had decent results with wood glue but it’s problematic as well.

I’ve tried your method and it seems to leave a lot of micro hair on my records that end up on the stylus. not sure if this is from microfiber or the paint pad.

I don’t use a vacuum however, just microfiber.

DL Grable says:

I just wipe the sum bitch off and play it

Mark Johnson says:

obviously no girlfriend

Sharkey o says:

At 08m 14s be sure to really scrunch all of that grime and dust right into the bottom of the groove. But seriously, if the disc is very grimey I would give it a gentle clean with a soft wet cloth or even a sponge before going in with the paint pad..

the devil cried says:

wood glue,number one
collectors knows

Jose A Avellanet says:

Good ideas, I use windex with vinegar it’s great ( not windex with ammonia ) bottle is $1.79 does a great job, just remember use soft cloth and let the vinyl dry.

Rhys Green says:

Something i noticed that could make the vaccuming go a bit smoother. if you drill a hole at the end about the size of the spindle, you could put the spindle in it to ensure it stays on the record properly.

Michelle Walton says:

Thank you

enator71 says:

Good Idea. I used to use the D4 discwasher and the records would be so much quieter using that. Have you tried using less of the dish rinse solution?

The Tutorial Machine says:

I just wanna share another case of cleaning vinyl :

https://www.facebook.com/utama.atmadilaga/posts/10209552868372545

David Buer says:

do you use a wet or dry vac?

hasekdom says:

Thanks for lots of good vinyl videos. I watch them all. I lived in the states as a kid from 77-84. In Norway there is a lot of vinyl enthusiasm as well, but I get my hands on collectons by putting ads in the local newspaper. Usually get a few small collections for close to nothing 2 or 3 times a year. I dig collecting and listening to vinyl records. There is no doubt. NO DOUBT they sound a Whole lot better than the digital likes of spotify and cd`s. To me this is a fact. I have a decent setup and constantly compare stuff. The fun thing With vinyl is that you really don`t know the status of any record til you have it on the turntable. It can be warped, it can be scratched, it can have been played dirty and therefore full of ticks, hiss and pops. But the majority of vinyl that looks good sounds great, so inspecting just by sight is usually good enough. So many treats to be found in the cheap bins that are not available in any other format. Recently I found lots of Sealed old late 70s soul and funk that are true delight to the ear. Vinyl rules. Brings out the best in Music. Cleaning records really brings life to dull records that are smeared or downright dirty. Personally I only clean a record once. That is enough as long as it goes in a clean inner and holding them by the sides thereafter.

Daniel Rowden says:

Been going through some older records, from moving. Didn’t want to spend the money for “pro” cleaners.(overpriced for newbs) If anyone is having trouble with this method, they should go back to their MP3s. DIY everyday, all the time. THANKS.

shaka dub deluxe says:

fantastic love it.

Don Solaris says:

Actually i found a better method. No vacuum cleaner needed. No 99% alcohol needed (75% is used here, which is avail everywhere). This method is similar, except i don’t use that painting tool and i don’t use vacuum dryer since i found out (using ‘scope) it would leave some water behind in the grooves! Anyway, get one of those holders for sandpaper with clips. Obviously, instead of sandpaper you will insert one microfibre cloth into it and clip it firmly. What you want is a strong flat surface for that cloth. This will be your wet tool and you can wash it afterwards with water. Buy another microfibre cloth. This will be your dry tool. Never wash that one with water. Or simply buy another one when needed, they’re cheap. Buy a small sprayer for flowers (0.5 l), the one with volume markings in (ml), put 100ml 75% alcohol, put 300ml of distilled water, put one SMALL(!) drop of basic dishwasher. Mix. Put record above bathtub. Spray strongly. Quickly wipe the label with paper towel, make sure it’s dry. Now put a record on a large paper (or some old record sleeve you don’t use) and put all that on a towel. For the surface I use the washing machine since its top is flat. 🙂 Start circularly moving that microfibre on a holder. Press quite firmly. Do it for 3 minutes. Now use dry microfibre and repeat same process (you don’t need the holder, just fold the cloth couple of times). Now use hair dryer, set it to cold, or mild warm, set max force and move circularly for 2 minutes, some 5mm above surface. Job done! Repeat the same for side B. Most important tip: do NOT wash your records unless you have actual glued dirt on them!!! Dust is irrelevant and can be removed with a single wipe using microfibre cloth.

Dandypanty says:

I usually dissolve styrofoam in gasoline then mix in some grape jelly and mayonnaise as my solvent.

Steve Quinn says:

Thanks for sharing your cleaning method. I’m looking forward to trying it out. How long do you find the brushes last? Do you clean them as well over time or simply replace them?

JustGoodStuff says:

I usually use my flamethrower to make the record dry.

forest20 says:

Don’t use alcohol

Qing Zhao says:

I tried your method and messed up with 6 records! The problem is coming from the paint pads! I believe I purchased exactly the same type of pads you used in this video and the loose bristles were stuck in the groove all over the place. The vacuum couldn’t pick them up. I didn’t notice that until I played a cleaned record and found the stylus picked the fibers up from time to time, which was never there before.

The paint pads are dangerous to use and now I need to figure out a way to clean these tiny bristles on my records! What a big mess and headache! ~~~

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