How To Clean Your 78 Records
by Bas Ingrouille
Dirty, dusty records play scratchy.
Playing them also scratches the record
by working the dust
and grime into the grooves of the record acting as an
Records that are not scratched can be cleaned with very little
effort and time.
The results will give a better sounding record,
will make the record last longer and also give longer life to the needles.
Materials Required to Clean Records
Dishwasher detergent - a mild,
good brand without any ammonia or form of
A very soft brush made of camel hair
(a baby's hair brush is ideal).
Some soft, colourless
Some soft towels, or soft absorbent cloths.
A double kitchen sink or double laundry tubs.
Mix 1/4 cup of the detergent in about
8 inches of tepid or luke
water (not hot).
With a swab of cotton batten or a small piece of soft
wax the label on both sides - it's made of paper
and the detergent
will take the colour out of some labels and if let to get too wet will
loosen the label - making sure that no wax gets into the grooves of the
With the soft brush dipped in the detergent and with the record on a level
surface on a towel, brush the grooves in a circular motion softly to loosen
the dust and grime.
Turn it over and repeat the process.
Then rinse the
record in clear, luke warm water in the second sink, dry the record with a
dry, fluffy towel using a circular motion following the grooves
and set it
on edge in a wire record holder until perfectly dry.
Then insert it in a
sleeve or album to prevent
forming of more dust or grime.
Do not use glass cleaners, Fantastik or any of the painted surface cleaners
or laundry or dishwasher machine detergents.
The record is made of shellac
and some cleaners will soften or eat into the surface of the record.