Record Cleaning Solution

I have to clean approx 100 vinyl records most of which were purchased in the 70's and 80's and haven't been cleaned since. What is a good and simple cleaning solution to use? I will be using a VPI 16.5 machine.

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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,242
    A spin clean would be a good choice, if you can afford the price.
    https://www.amazon.com/SPIN-CLEAN-STARTER-RECORD-WASHER-SYSTEM/dp/B002UKSZUU
    If that doesn’t work for you, you can use water and a towel, although wait for someone else to tell you how to do that, because I don’t know.
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • george danielgeorge daniel Posts: 11,944
    edited July 9
    I like mofi enzyme plus
    JC approves....he told me so. (F-1 nut)
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,270
    There are some threads on diy solutions over on SteveHoffman, I think. Tergitol, Triton-X, 99% ISO, distilled, etc. I've also read good stuff about L'Art du Son that makes me curious enough about it.

    Got any particularly bad build-up?

    Micah, the VPI 16.5 is a vacuum cleaning machine with a high-torque spinning platter with a locking nut to hold the record in place on a cork mat. It does what the SpinClean would do, but with manual application of the cleaning solution, and a strong vacuum step for removing the contaminants suspended in the cleaning solution, which the manual immersion cleaners don't offer. (Side note, I've used the Vinyl Styl version of the SpinClean with nice results, but what SGT is asking about is what the vinyl enthusiasts are using for the cleaning solution itself.)
  • BC6BC6 Posts: 67
    I’ve been using the spin clean first, then this spiffy shop vac attachment: https://www.amazon.com/Vinyl-Vac-33-Cleaning-Attaches/dp/B014X2SXY0/ref=sr_ph_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531193146&sr=sr-1&keywords=vinyl+vac.
    It’s been working really well.
    2 Channel: Polk Audio SDA SRS 2.3tl with Clarity CMR caps and Gaia II speaker feet, Atoll IN300 integrated amp, SotM sMS-200 ultra streamer, SotM sPS-500 power supply, and infinite baffle subwoofer with two Fi Audio IB318 drivers.

    HT: Polk Audio speakers: 2.3tl front, CSiA6 center, 500-LS ceiling, RT/FX, RTi8, Monitor 4 rears, and IB subwoofer, Yamaha CX-a5100 AV Preamplifier/Processor, Yamaha MX-a5000 11.1 channel amplifier, Sony XBR55-AE1 OLED TV.
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,270
    I think half of the responses are missing the intent of the question - solution as in cleaning liquid, not solution as in cleaning method.
  • BC6BC6 Posts: 67
    The spin clean comes with its own solution, Washer Fluid MK3. I have no idea what’s in it, but it does the job.
    2 Channel: Polk Audio SDA SRS 2.3tl with Clarity CMR caps and Gaia II speaker feet, Atoll IN300 integrated amp, SotM sMS-200 ultra streamer, SotM sPS-500 power supply, and infinite baffle subwoofer with two Fi Audio IB318 drivers.

    HT: Polk Audio speakers: 2.3tl front, CSiA6 center, 500-LS ceiling, RT/FX, RTi8, Monitor 4 rears, and IB subwoofer, Yamaha CX-a5100 AV Preamplifier/Processor, Yamaha MX-a5000 11.1 channel amplifier, Sony XBR55-AE1 OLED TV.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,242
    msg wrote: »
    There are some threads on diy solutions over on SteveHoffman, I think. Tergitol, Triton-X, 99% ISO, distilled, etc. I've also read good stuff about L'Art du Son that makes me curious enough about it.

    Got any particularly bad build-up?

    Micah, the VPI 16.5 is a vacuum cleaning machine with a high-torque spinning platter with a locking nut to hold the record in place on a cork mat. It does what the SpinClean would do, but with manual application of the cleaning solution, and a strong vacuum step for removing the contaminants suspended in the cleaning solution, which the manual immersion cleaners don't offer. (Side note, I've used the Vinyl Styl version of the SpinClean with nice results, but what SGT is asking about is what the vinyl enthusiasts are using for the cleaning solution itself.)

    Oh, ok then. In that case, my dad has some kind of cleaning solution that comes with a brush, I can go check out what it is for you. But it is something like “Groove Washer”. It works pretty well.
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • sgtmick63sgtmick63 Posts: 139
    I mean't to say cleaning liquid. Sorry for the confusion.
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