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Care Of LPs, 45s And Other Vinyl Records



Care Of LPs, 45s And Other Vinyl Records

Most LPs and singles released after the early fifties are composed of
polyvinyl materials and are more durable than it's predecessors. When
cleaning vinyl records, I recommend a 50/50 solution of isopropyl alcohol
(70% by Vol.) or denatured alcohol (fewer impurities) and filtered or
distilled water (again, fewer impurities). A few claim that alcohol is
damaging to vinyl... 70% or more by volume strength and continual contact for
a long period of time, maybe... but not in the recommended dilution. Alcohol
is water soluble and leaves little or no residue. A mild detergent, such as
Johnson and Johnson Baby Bath, can be used in small amounts with water with
no rinsing necessary. Photo Flo is a wetting agent used in photography to
help reduce water spots and marks during the rinsing of negatives. A couple
of drops in the above solutions also help in reducing residual deposits.

The solution should be applied with a soft, clean washcloth, wiping in a
circular motion with the grooves. Rinse the cloth often in the solution and
replace with a fresh mixture when needed. I recommend thoroughly drying the
record with a soft, clean towel... this further reduces residue left behind.
Try not to get the labels wet.

Dirty covers and labels are best left alone. If the cover is laminated or
glossy, a damp towel can be used... A mild furniture polish does nicely too.
Marks or writing on the cover may be able to be removed with a rubber eraser.
Lighter fluid (naphtha) or even hair spray works great on pen marks.
Permanent marker can be removed by marking over it with a dry erase marker,
then wipe with a dry cloth... It really works! Stickers, labels, tape and
such can be removed by heating the area with a hair dryer. The heat breaks
down the adhesive and makes it softer and easier to remove sticker and all
without a great risk of damaging the cover or sleeve. Sticker residue can be
removed with most citus-based cleaners or lighter fluid (naphtha). Again, I
stress that these only work well on glossy covers. Matte finish cover and
label marks are usually set. You stand a chance of removing part of the print
or color and making the situation worse.


Ken's Music Library
#0308
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General Care For Records

It is equally important to handle, store and play records with the same care
used in cleaning. Once a record has been thoroughly cleaned, it should be
placed in a new, clean inner sleeve. It doesn't make much sense to put dirty
socks on freshly cleaned feet, right? Inner sleeves come in different
styles and are made with different materials. There are many opinions to
which sleeve is best... I prefer quality made, paper sleeves. I have
experienced no damage or problems with these sleeves, when handled properly.
I prefer to keep the sleeved record in the original cover jacket along with
the original sleeve and any inserts. Some prefer to put the record in a plain
jacket and store it and the original jacket together in a outer poly sleeve.
This helps prevent further wear to the cover, inner sleeve and other inserts.
In either case, use outer poly sleeves to reduce cover wear and dust. Always
store records vertically, leaning as little as possible but not too tight
either. You should be able to easily and freely insert and remove a record
from between two others without moving them. Storing records too tightly or
horizontally can promote ring wear on the cover or sleeve and cause
unnecessary stress to the record's materials, surface and label, resulting in
warps and contact damage. It is best to store records in a cool, dry area.
Avoid any source of heat such as direct sunlight, heaters, fireplace, etc.
and moist or humid areas. Warmth and humidity are ideal conditions for mold,
mildew and other fungi which can infest the cover, label and inside the
grooves. When handling and playing records, hold the disk by the outer edge
and label. Eliminate contact with the playing surface. Always replace disk in
it's sleeve and cover immediately after play. Ensure that your playback
equipment is set and adjusted correctly and that the stylus is not worn...
Extreme damage can result.


Ken's Music Library
#0307
May be freely distributed... Please advise of any additions or corrections...
vinylville@door.net