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LP Record Cleaners vs. Homemade Solutions

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Choosing a cleaner for your records isn't always easy. If you just choose the cheapest one or try to make one at home, you could damage your records. Some have been successful with a homemade solution, but others have had all types of problems.

The Most Popular Homemade Solution

Many of the homemade solutions recommend only using pure isopropyl for the solution. One of the most common mistakes made by record owners is substituting rubbing alcohol for cleaner. This can cause all types of issues. When using isopropyl, it needs to be diluted with about seven ounces of distilled water for each ounce of isopropyl.

Other solutions recommend using All "Free-Clear" laundry detergent and diluting it with distilled water. However, this detergent cannot contain color agents, fragrances or phosphates. If it does, you could damage the records.

Is a Homemade Solution a Good Idea?

If you decide to make a homemade solution, it may save you a couple of dollars, but you might be taking a chance. Making a mistake and trying to clean your records with a poorly made solution can ruin the vinyl record. Make sure you have a trustworthy recipe, if you plan to make your solution at home.

Purchasing an LP Record Cleaning Solution

It may cost you a little more than making your own solution at home, but an LP record cleaning solution is worth it, especially if you're not cleaning your records by hand. Not only can a homemade solution damage the records, but it can also damage the machine or tool you're using to clean the records.

Record owners using a record cleaning device of any sort, should always use the recommended cleaning solution made for the device. This will provide the best results whenever you clean your LP records.

The Final Decision Between LP Record Cleaners and Homemade Solutions

If you're a gambler, a homemade solution may be just what you need because you're taking a chance. However, those looking to protect their vinyl records and enjoy better sound quality for many years to come will want to choose a good LP record cleaning solution.

Cleaning your records properly is very important. Playing a dirty record can cause poor sound quality and can damage the record. You should always clean your records before and after playing them, including touch up cleaning to ensure the record will deliver the best possible sound quality. With regular cleaning, you will get the most out of your vinyl records.

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Cleaning Never Sounded So Good: Introducing Spin Clean's "Retro" Record Washer

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It's Spin Clean's birthday! And this year we're turning the big 4-0! In honor of the occassion, we've decided to release a 40th anniversary "retro" Spin Clean Record Washer. Read on to learn more.

For audiophiles, nothing beats the sound of a clean vinyl record blaring from the speakers. Records can easily get scratched or damaged, changing the sound of the music being played. With so many things that can warp a record, it’s important to have something that can keep your valuable music collection in pristine condition. Fortunately, a new product with an old feel will help you remove the grime from your grooves. The Spin Clean Record Washer MKII, 40th Anniversary “Retro” Unit will have your vinyl in like new condition and sounding like the first time you put it on the turntable.

Retro Spin Clean Record Washer 40th Anniversary Edition

What Makes This Record Washer So Special?

For over 40 years, Spin Clean has provided audiophiles with the top products on the market to keep their musical investments in perfect condition. Millions of LPs have seen new life thanks to Spin Clean products, and the MKII 40th Anniversary “Retro” Unit puts the best technology of today into a classic record washer design familiar to thousands of music fanatics. With the original-shaped box and color of the classic Spin Clean record washer, as well as a 40th Anniversary placard, this gorgeous and useful device is sure to please audiophiles and casual music fans alike. 

More Than Just A Record Washer

In addition to the record washer, you’ll also get a number of items that will help keep your records sounding sharp. You’ll receive washer fluid, a pair of brushes, a pair of rollers and two washable drying cloths, providing you with everything you’ll need to breathe new life into your vinyl. Stop wasting hundreds of dollars purchasing new copies of your favorite records. One spin in this record washer and your vinyl will be as clean as it was the day you purchased it from the store.

Don’t delay, the Spin Clean Record Washer MKII, 40th Anniversary “Retro” Unit is limited edition and only available while supplies last. Hate pulling out a record from your collection, dropping the needle and hearing all the dirt and grime effect the way the vinyl sounds? Never have that problem again with one of the prettiest and most effective record washers ever crafted. You’ll wonder what took you so long to get your vinyl sounding decades younger, with the help of Spin Clean products. Visit Spin Clean today for all of your record washing supplies, including covers, sleeves, cables and much.
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How to Protect Your Vinyl Records with a Cleaning Machine

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There are many ways to protect your vinyl records and make sure they play with the best possible sound quality. If you want to keep your records from warping, getting damages or getting dirty, you need to understand the best ways to protect your LPs. Here are three great ways to protect our records.

A Vinyl Record Cleaning Machine

It's great to use a cleaning brush on your records, but a cleaning machine will make a huge difference. If you have over 100 records, a cleaning device will make the deep cleaning process much easier. It's important to deep clean your records every few months to ensure they stay free of dust, dirt and oils.

When you find the right cleaning machine for your records, make sure you get an approved solution made for the machine. This will ensure you don't end up with damaged records or records not as clean as you were hoping for.

Properly Handling Your Records

Another way you can protect your vinyl records is with the proper type of handling. This starts by touching the records as little as possible with your fingers. When your fingers come in contact with the record, it transfers oils and dirt to the vinyl. You want to touch the outer edges and the label instead.

Another part of handing the record properly is making sure the vinyl isn't over exposed to the air. You want to take it right form the sleeve to the turntable without leaving it out to collect airborne dust.

Store Your Records Well

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Of course, after cleaning and playing, you have to store your vinyl records properly or they will just get dirty and damaged. Using the proper type of sleeves, including inner sleeves and an outer jacket, will help to protect your records.

Storage also includes not stacking your records and keeping them out of direct sunlight. When you stack records, it can warp them and too much heat can cause the record damage. You should always store your records vertically in an even temperature away from direct sunlight.

These are just a few of the easy ways you can protect your record collection. A vinyl record cleaning machine is a great step in the right direction, but storage and handling are also very important. Make sure you address each of these areas to ensure your record collection stays in great shape.

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Why do you Need a Vinyl Record Cleaner?

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Cleaning your vinyl records is important, but do you understand why? There are certain reasons why your records are not in good shape and one of them is due to the dirt, oil and dust. Here are a few of the reasons why your records are in bad shape and a few reasons why you need a vinyl record cleaner.

Stacking Your Records

If you stack your records, they could easily start to warp. This is a big time non-no and something you don't want to do. Along with warping the records, this might cause scuffs and cracks, as well.

Putting your Fingers on Your Records

This is hard to avoid, but when you put your fingers on a clean record, it will leave oil on the record. This oil quickly attracts dust and you will need to clean your record, again. Do your best to avoid touching your records and you won't have to clean them as often.

Using a Bad Cleaner for Your Records

Approved cleaners are the best choice for your records, but some recommend products that simply are not good. You don't want to use a product or liquid that you're not 100% sure about.

Not Putting Records back in the Sleeves

If you want to protect your records, you will need to put them back into the sleeves. When you leave a record out of the sleeve, it can cause dust to build up, dirt to collect and many other issues. Make sure you always put the record back into the sleeve after playing it.

Three Reasons you Need a Vinyl Record Cleaner

Getting a good vinyl record cleaner can make a huge difference. Three reasons to own a good record cleaning device include:

·       Better Sound Quality - Playing a dirty record can cause cracks and pops in the sound. A clean record will deliver the best possible sound quality.

·       Last Longer - Cleaning your records will allow them to last much longer than if you just leave them dirty.

·       Less Damage - Playing a dirty record can cause other damages to the record, which can make the sound quality very bad.

If you want to protect your record collection, make sure you don't do the things above that cause damage to records. You will also want to make sure you get a good vinyl record cleaner to keep each of your LPs clean.

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How to Clean Vinyl Records

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Cleaning your records isn't as easy as it sounds. If you don't do it correctly, you may find that your vinyl records don't play as well after cleaning. However, if you learn the steps for how to clean vinyl records, you will have crisp and clear sound after the cleaning.

Will Playing a Dirty Record Damage it?

The short answer is yes. When you play a dirty vinyl record, you will discover the sound quality isn't as good and it will damage the record. It's advised that you clean your records before you play them each and every time.

Should You Clean with a Machine or by Hand?

Cleaning your records by hand can help, but it may not be the best way to do the job. Records collect plenty of dust and oils from your fingers. This causes the sound to pop and crack, but cleaning by hand or machine can eliminate this completely. However, if you have hundreds or thousands of records, you may want to use a machine.

Creating your own Record Cleaning Solution

There are some household items that some say work well on records, but you may be taking a chance by creating a homemade cleaning solution for your records. However, a pre-made record cleaning solution specifically made for the machine you own is a better option. This will give you the security of knowing you have a safe solution for your specific needs.

Touching Up Your Records After Cleaning

A big part of how to clean vinyl records is touching them up after regular cleaning. This is an important process of keeping your records clean. Maintaining the cleanliness of your records will ensure they play well. This can be done with a carbon fiber brush, which will help to neutralize the static and pick up any dust that has collected on the records.

How to Clean Vinyl Record Album Covers

Many record owners clean their records, but they forget about the album cover. These need cleaned, too. By maintaining clean album covers, you will be able to protect your records better and they will last longer.

Album covers can be cleaned with just a little bit of record cleaner and the brush. Just go over the outside and inside of the cover gently and you'll have a clean album cover to protect your vinyl record.

If you own vinyl records and you want to maintain them as best as possible, cleaning them regular is recommended. Getting a cleaning tool or machine can make this process much easier. Make sure to keep the vinyl records clean and you can enjoy them for years to come.

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Five Must Have Vinyl Record Accessories

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Vinyl RecordVinyl records are still very popular and when you collect them, you need specific accessories. You have to keep you records clean, organized and providing the best possible sound quality. Here are five of the most important vinyl record accessories you should own.

Stylus Alignment Tool

Aligning your stylus after moving or after your record player has been moved is very important. You can get an alignment tool, which makes this process very easy. If you're a DJ or you move a lot, you should certainly add this tool to our accessory collection.

Static Record Cleaning Brush

Touching up your records is vital to the sound quality. If you play a dirty record, it won't sound very good. With a good static cleaning brush, you can make sure your records stay touched up before and after you play them.

Record Cleaning Device

A record cleaning device is one of the most important vinyl record accessories. This type of cleaning system will make it much easier to handle records you haven't played in a while or cleaning a full collection. With a spin clean record cleaning system, you will be able to keep your records clean and you will have an all-in-one-kit for cleaning all your LPs.

Vinyl Record Inner Sleeves

Many record owners forget to add the inner sleeves to their collection. Adding the inner sleeves will help keep out dust and protect the record from damage. Each record should have one of these and they are so cheap, you shouldn't skip them.

You can also get outer sleeves for your vinyl records, which can help protect your records. They will keep the artwork on your album cover clean and protected. These come in multiple sizes from 7-inche to 12-inch.

Vinyl Record Storage Case

A storage case made specifically for vinyl records will make a huge difference. You can get a carpeted case or one of the many other choices out there. This will help protect your records from dust and many other things that can damage the actual records. Don't choose a cheap case for your records. Make sure it's a good case that will actually protect the record.

These are just five of the many vinyl record accessories you should add to your collection. The cleaning accessories are the most important to add to your collection. These accessories will help keep your records clean and the sound quality at it’s' best.

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The Joy Of Crate Digging

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What are your most recent "awesome finds"? Our friend, the Vinyl Geek at Vinyl Rewind, shows us some of his latest.




This time around The Vinyl Geek scored big time at an estate sale: Fleetwood Mac, RATT, Elton John, Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello, The Who, Soundtracks and more!

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Top 8 Celebrity Albums of the 1980s

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From our friends at Vinyl Rewind, their latest offers a fun-filled trip back to the 80s.




Every other Tuesday, The Vinyl Geek is your tour guide though a sea of music, delivered on the enduring quality of vinyl. The Geek presents timeless classics, rare gems, the bizarre, funny or just plain weird! You never know who might drop by from musical guests to the zany cast of side characters. It’s so much fun, you’ll forget you’re actually learning about music.

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Herb Alpert - Whipped Cream & Other Delights (vinyl review)

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Brand new episode from our friends at Vinyl Rewind



Friends of Spin-Clean, Vinyl Rewind is main music review show to a whole host of satellite programing dedicated to the analogue lifestyle, including album and craft cocktail pairings, collector news and tips, how to videos related to the joy of vinyl, comedy sketches and more.  Every other Tuesday, let The Vinyl Geek be your guide though a sea of music, delivered on the enduring quality of vinyl.

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We Have A Winner!

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Thank YOU, Vinyl Rewind!

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Win The "Vinyl Rewind Starter Pack"

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Enter Our Vinyl Starter Package Contest

Brought to you by Spin-Clean and Vinyl Rewind


We've teamed up with Vinyl Rewind to bring you our biggest contest yet!

Here's what we're giving away
Spin-Clean Record Washer MKII
Rega RP1 turntable
Acoustech Big Record Brush

Total retail value of $564.98!

Just click here to enter to win!


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30th Anniversary of Tears For Fears "The Hurting"

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It's the 30th anniversary of "The Hurting." The Vinyl Geek and Jamar Rogers break it down.

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"Live" vs. Studio

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Do know of "live" versions of songs that you feel are better than their studio counterparts?  Do your tunes make Vinyl Rewind's countdown of the Top 10 of all time in this category?

Tune in and find out!

Vinyl Rewind's Top Ten

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Vinyl Rewind - Season Three Premiere

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Is it necessary to be on a "trip" to understand Pink Floyd's journey, "The Dark Side Of The Moon"? In their Season Three premiere of one Spin-Clean's favorite TV shows, the Vinyl Geek and the others at Vinyl Rewind explore that very question.   Watch it here.


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Tracking Force Vinyl Blog

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Here's a vinyl blog that was brough to our attention and written by a Spin-Clean customer.  He describes it as "an eclectic mix of music for people like me who have eclectic tastes."   Tracking Force -- Adventures In Vinyl, Record Collecting, and Music Appreciation. Cool!


Tracking Force

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Dear Diary...or, I Mean Vinyl Record

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Katie Pietrak began collecting vinyl records at the age of 15. As her collection grew over nearly 20 years, Pietrak was working on organizing her records and looking for a way to use some of the pieces that were no longer playable. She was in need of a journal, so Pietrak made one out of a vinyl album.  And so a business idea was born.

 

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Vintage Vinyl Journals is already in 30 retail stores and sells journals featuring a wide variety of albums through their online store.

 

We at Spin-Clean think these would make a great gift idea for this holiday season!

 

 

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Why Is Vinyl So Special?

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Spin-Clean knows vinyl is special.  Otherwise, we wouldn't make it our life's work going to great efforts to make sure our each and every piece can be as clean as possible.  More and more folks are understanding why records are so special.

Here's another example.

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Vinyl Rewind - Episode 2.09, The Top Ten Songs You Never Knew Were Covers

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Another great episode from Vinyl Rewind:  "The Top Ten Songs You Never Knew Were Covers."  It's an episode sure to spark some great musical discussion, as I'm sure you can think of a ton more that could have made the list.  We kicked out "Love Hurts" from Nazareth on our Facebook page yesterday.

And what about "Without You," first made a hit by Nilsson in 1971 and later by Mariah Carey in 1994.  Paul McCartney once described the tune as "the killer song of all time."  It was Pete Ham and Tom Evans of Badfinger who wrote the tune and released it on their 1970 "No Dice" LP.  Sure, that could have made the list, as not many are aware of the original Badfinger version of this hugely successful song.

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Sound And The Story

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Remember Jam Handy Films?  Sure you do.  The Jam Handy Organization made thousands of educational and promotional films, newsreels, and animations. Included among the company's clients were the United States Armed Forces, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, and General Motors.  Mr. Handy is also estimated to have produced over 7,000 films for the armed services during World War II.

Here is one of his productions.  From 1956:  "Sound And The Story" - an RCA promotional film showing how vinyl records were manufactured in the 1950s.

 

Get ready for some fun nostalgia, Spin-Clean style!

 

 

"Sound And The Story" - Part 1

"Sound And The Story" - Part 2

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New Soundgarden Box Set

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November 13th will not only bring the Beatles catalog on vinyl, but also some vinyl from Soundgarden, their first release in 16 years.

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