Best Blu-ray Movie Deals


Best Blu-ray Movie Deals, See All the Deals »
Top deals | New deals  
 All countries United States United Kingdom Canada Germany France Spain Italy Australia Japan Mexico
Alastair Sim's School for Laughter: 4 Classic Comedies (Blu-ray)
$46.49
18 hrs ago
3-D Rarities Volume II (Blu-ray)
$34.99
4 hrs ago
Galaxy Quest (Blu-ray)
$9.99
 
Doctor Who: The Complete David Tennant Collection (Blu-ray)
$14.99
12 hrs ago
The Great Escape (Blu-ray)
$29.49
 
Inner Sanctum Mysteries (Blu-ray)
$46.49
 
Little Women (Blu-ray)
$19.95
 
Richard Jewell (Blu-ray)
$19.96
10 hrs ago
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (Blu-ray)
$24.99
 
1917 4K (Blu-ray)
$29.99
 
Solid Metal Nightmares: The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto (Blu-ray)
$72.99
 
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection (Blu-ray)
$24.99
 
What's your next favorite movie?
Join our movie community to find out


Image from: Life of Pi (2012)

Go Back   Blu-ray Forum > Audio > Music / Audiophiles > Vinyl and Old School Music


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-21-2015, 04:48 PM   #1
Steelmaker Steelmaker is online now
Blu-ray Baron
 
Steelmaker's Avatar
 
Mar 2007
Chattanooga, TN
1
1
Default Question about cleaning vinyl

If I don't have an official vinyl cleaning kit, are there any around the house products I can use to clean them with?
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2015, 04:52 PM   #2
schan1269 schan1269 is offline
Blu-ray Guru
 
Sep 2013
Lake county, Indiana. Opposite end of Gary...
2
Default

Eye glass cleaner.

Wipes or bottle/fiber towel kit.

Exact same stuff. 1/4 the cost.
  Reply With Quote
Thanks given by:
dearth (02-07-2020)
Old 08-21-2015, 04:59 PM   #3
Steelmaker Steelmaker is online now
Blu-ray Baron
 
Steelmaker's Avatar
 
Mar 2007
Chattanooga, TN
1
1
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by schan1269 View Post
Eye glass cleaner.

Wipes or bottle/fiber towel kit.

Exact same stuff. 1/4 the cost.

Thanks!!!
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2015, 01:57 PM   #4
Johnny Vinyl Johnny Vinyl is offline
Moderator
 
Johnny Vinyl's Avatar
 
Jul 2007
At the crossroad of Analogue Dr & 2CH Ave
19
205
7
3
8
Default

I would strongly suggest you get at least a Spin-Clean system.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2015, 02:07 PM   #5
Mr.Twinks Mr.Twinks is offline
Special Member
 
Mr.Twinks's Avatar
 
Aug 2011
Minnesota!
4
3
147
1
Default

I have been using groove glide for years and it works good.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2015, 04:13 PM   #6
schan1269 schan1269 is offline
Blu-ray Guru
 
Sep 2013
Lake county, Indiana. Opposite end of Gary...
2
Default

I've never used a spin clean.

I've always use a brush with a spritz of eye wash. Fiber towel if you don't have a brush.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2015, 07:50 PM   #7
Steelmaker Steelmaker is online now
Blu-ray Baron
 
Steelmaker's Avatar
 
Mar 2007
Chattanooga, TN
1
1
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
I would strongly suggest you get at least a Spin-Clean system.
Sorry Johnny, I refuse to pay those ridiculous prices. The cheapest I've seen those sold for is like 70.00 and that is a rip off of for a plastic miniature tub that you manually spin your records in. In fact, I've found that vinyl record accessories in general are the very definition of price gouging.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2015, 07:51 PM   #8
Steelmaker Steelmaker is online now
Blu-ray Baron
 
Steelmaker's Avatar
 
Mar 2007
Chattanooga, TN
1
1
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by schan1269 View Post
I've never used a spin clean.

I've always use a brush with a spritz of eye wash. Fiber towel if you don't have a brush.
I tried this with a micro fiber cloth and it worked great!
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 01:06 PM   #9
Johnny Vinyl Johnny Vinyl is offline
Moderator
 
Johnny Vinyl's Avatar
 
Jul 2007
At the crossroad of Analogue Dr & 2CH Ave
19
205
7
3
8
Default

A cloth only serves to remove surface dust & grime and does not and cannot deep clean into the grooves.

I did a search on eyeglass cleaner to see what it consists of, but came up empty.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 02:57 PM   #10
schan1269 schan1269 is offline
Blu-ray Guru
 
Sep 2013
Lake county, Indiana. Opposite end of Gary...
2
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
A cloth only serves to remove surface dust & grime and does not and cannot deep clean into the grooves.

I did a search on eyeglass cleaner to see what it consists of, but came up empty.
Eye glass cleaner is, essentially, isopropyl alcohol.

If it is good enough for a $1500 Zeiss...

I agree about the microfiber towel. Why I use a brush(what $12? I think I've bought 4 since 1985).

But...if you don't have a brush...

Also...if you really get a record dirty...

Filtered water(not tap) from a bottle or pur/culligan/Brita warmed up to about 85/90(F) and soaked with a touch of dish soap(non lotion variety, lotion is just harder to rinse). Use a sponge(doubled sided not really necessary) that has NEVER touched animal fat.

Last edited by schan1269; 08-26-2015 at 03:09 PM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 04:18 PM   #11
Johnny Vinyl Johnny Vinyl is offline
Moderator
 
Johnny Vinyl's Avatar
 
Jul 2007
At the crossroad of Analogue Dr & 2CH Ave
19
205
7
3
8
Default

The bottom line is that at least the vinyl gets some sort of attention with these basic methods. It's better than not cleaning at all. I have too much invested in my collection and system to not use something that is proven to be much more effective.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 04:46 PM   #12
schan1269 schan1269 is offline
Blu-ray Guru
 
Sep 2013
Lake county, Indiana. Opposite end of Gary...
2
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
The bottom line is that at least the vinyl gets some sort of attention with these basic methods. It's better than not cleaning at all. I have too much invested in my collection and system to not use something that is proven to be much more effective.
Not that I'm going to bemoan "the automated tank"...

I still have very playable vinyl from back when 8-track was the other choice...

I prefer treating my vinyl the the same way I treat my GF...

Hands on in a swirly motion...

And yeah...there are "automated methods" for that too.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 05:30 PM   #13
Steelmaker Steelmaker is online now
Blu-ray Baron
 
Steelmaker's Avatar
 
Mar 2007
Chattanooga, TN
1
1
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
A cloth only serves to remove surface dust & grime and does not and cannot deep clean into the grooves.

I did a search on eyeglass cleaner to see what it consists of, but came up empty.
I could understand investing in a pricey record cleaner if I owned a record store and took used records as trade. I'd absolutely clean every record before putting them out on the shelves for sale. However for my own personal collection, I just don't see the value in it.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 05:56 PM   #14
Johnny Vinyl Johnny Vinyl is offline
Moderator
 
Johnny Vinyl's Avatar
 
Jul 2007
At the crossroad of Analogue Dr & 2CH Ave
19
205
7
3
8
Default

Deep cleaning one's records with either a manual system, such as the Spin-Clean, or more expensive automated RCMs not only assures that they are truly clean, they benefit from better performance (sonics) as well. That is a fact.

Additionally they help to reduce possible stylus damage/wear from dirty grooves, and potentially further damaging the grooves themselves.

BTW...many record stores will machine-clean your records for a nominal fee, so that may be an option.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2015, 06:52 PM   #15
HotRats HotRats is offline
Blu-ray Samurai
 
HotRats's Avatar
 
Mar 2009
Default

The best cleaners are Keith Monks but they cost 2000-3000, they are still pretty much the same as when they went on sale in 1969.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2015, 10:50 PM   #16
Johnny Vinyl Johnny Vinyl is offline
Moderator
 
Johnny Vinyl's Avatar
 
Jul 2007
At the crossroad of Analogue Dr & 2CH Ave
19
205
7
3
8
Default

The Ultrasonic cleaners from Audiodesk and KL Audio are now pretty much the standard for the audiophile with deep pockets. The KL Audio is $4,000 USD.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2015, 04:25 AM   #17
Steelmaker Steelmaker is online now
Blu-ray Baron
 
Steelmaker's Avatar
 
Mar 2007
Chattanooga, TN
1
1
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
The Ultrasonic cleaners from Audiodesk and KL Audio are now pretty much the standard for the audiophile with deep pockets. The KL Audio is $4,000 USD.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2015, 05:29 AM   #18
schan1269 schan1269 is offline
Blu-ray Guru
 
Sep 2013
Lake county, Indiana. Opposite end of Gary...
2
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steelmaker View Post
And you thought $70 was ridiculous...

For $4000 I'll hire a topless cleaning service to perform "wax on, wax off" on my record collection...a few times a decade...
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2015, 01:20 PM   #19
Johnny Vinyl Johnny Vinyl is offline
Moderator
 
Johnny Vinyl's Avatar
 
Jul 2007
At the crossroad of Analogue Dr & 2CH Ave
19
205
7
3
8
Default

It's all relative though.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2015, 10:24 PM   #20
starman15317 starman15317 is offline
Blu-ray Samurai
 
starman15317's Avatar
 
Feb 2012
Pittsburgh
72
858
195
339
47
Default

I have a Discwasher from the 80's that I use with record cleaning fluid. It's good enough for me.
  Reply With Quote
Reply
Go Back   Blu-ray Forum > Audio > Music / Audiophiles > Vinyl and Old School Music


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 10:46 AM.