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JIMV
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Cleaning Heresy

OK, I admit I do not have a record cleaning machine so I use sprays and brushed and lint free cloths normally, BUT...

I use a super tweak to clean computer keyboards and remotes for anything. 'Cyber Clean' is sort of a blob of rubbery stuff that feels wet but isn't. It is applied on the thing to be cleaned and a little pressure is applied. The thing spreads into crevices and lifts off dirt and grime and leaves no residue...

So I was listening to a record, an old Gordon Lightfoot bought used that has more grime on it then my sprays and brushes would take out. I figure, what the heck, I'd only be out a few bucks if it didn't work so..

I applied the cleaner to the record and darned if it didn't take out all the grime I could hear on my very modest system.

I am not saying this would be a good day to day way to clean records as I suspect it might eventually push grime into grooves but as a one time cleaning for used vinyl bought with glop on it, for folk who do not have great cleaning systems, this seems to have worked pretty well.

As it costs all of $5 and can be found in Wallgreens, I figure it is one heck of a cheap tweak...

so far.

At the worst you have one heck of a keyboard, remote and phone cleaner.

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Re: Cleaning Heresy

I thought I'd heard every possible answer to record cleaning, but this approach is new to me, and the next time I'm in Walgreens I'll get some of your recommended goo and give it a try. Thanks for the tip.

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Re: Cleaning Heresy

It sounds crazy and probably is if you have a good cleaning machine but for those of us with none...well, I've used it on 2 LP's in the last hour, one was unlistenable despite my best efforts with $50 cleaning fluid and brushes but this thing removed the noise and, oddly, a bad skip, so it plays through end to end without any hickup as well as any new record does on my modest setup.

I wonder what this would do to someone with a good system who might be able to tell if any damage occurs...all I can say is that on my system, it has worked miracles with really dirty records.

Let me know how it works for you

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