Introduction: How to Clean Your Records With Soap and Water
How To Clean Records
Cleaning albums, LPs with soap and water (33 1/3 rpm and 45s). Yes, this method is safe and the results are fantastic - totally quiet records (except for the music).:
Before Cleaning (record found at thrift store for $1, yes it was this dirty)
- Groovmaster label saver - to protect the label (cost about $50 and sold by William Sargent (Note: you can clean records without this device, just be careful not to get the label too wet.)
- Dawn kitchen soap ($1.65) and warm water in empty plastic margarine bowl
- 2 1/2" paintbrush (found one in the garage)
- Microfiber towels (8 for $8.24 at Target)
- Sink in your laundry room or kitchen and warm tap water to rinse (almost free)
Step 1: Dish Rack Holds Records Before and After Cleaning
Dish rack holds records before and after cleaning
Step 2: The Goovmaster Holds the Record During Cleaning and Protects the Label.
The Goovmaster holds the record during cleaning and protects the label.
Step 3: With Soapy Paint Brush
With soapy paint brush, go back and forth in direction of the grooves around the record (both sides).
Step 4: Rinse Well With Warm Water
Rinse well with warm water (both sides).
Step 5: Dry With Microfiber Towel
Dry with microfiber towel
Step 6: Place the Record Back in the Dish Rack and Let Dry
Place the record back in the dish rack and let dry about half an hour before playing.
Step 7: Enjoy Your Record With No Clicks or Noise
Enjoy your record with no clicks or noise
Step 8: Examples of Records I Have Cleaned
Participated in the
Spring Cleaning Challenge