why clean your records professionally ?
If your record has collected any dust, chances are the dust has reached the bottom of the grooves. When you play your record, the stylus is riding the bottom and playing back noise created by the dust. The ratio of noise to music is determined by how much dirt there is in the grooves.
A record cleaning brush such as the very popular Discwasher does not remove very much of this dust or other dirt that may be on your record. Most manual record cleaners only move the dirt around – and have very little effect, if any. What you are doing – is moving the noise around.
of what advantage is the wet/vacuum system ?
Using a wet / vacuum cleaning system is a much more effective way of removing dust and dirt. This system is designed to remove dirt in a similar way that you would clean a dirty floor or shampoo your rugs. The system uses a special cleaning fluid to loosen the dirt. The loose dirt is then sucked off the record by a very powerful vacuum before the liquid has a chance to dry again. The concept is simple – but very effective. Following this cleaning process, the next time you play this record, you will be able to clean off the surface dust more easily with a simple fiber brush. You will not have to wet clean the record again for quite a while – unless the record is re-contaminated.
how long does it take ?
It takes approximately five minutes to clean both sides of a record.
A specially formulated cleaning fluid is placed on the record. The record cleaning machine rotates the record slowly and the cleaning fluid is then pushed into the grooves by a special brush. The combination of the fluid and brush loosen the dust and dirt from the bottom of the grooves. The vacuum is then used to suck up the dirty fluid from the record. In most cases this provides a record that is cleaner than when originally purchased. The clean / dry record is then inserted into a new anti static record sleeve. We use the same type supplied with many “audiophile” LPs.
Certain inner sleeves contain valuable information – which is important from a collector point of view. The original inner sleeve is returned to you with the cleaned record.
can I save money and do it by myself ?
Yes you can.
If you clean the record yourself, the cost is $3.00 per record.
If you get us to clean your record, the cost is $5.00 per record.
You can learn how to clean your records by getting us to do the first one and walk you through the steps. The cost for this is $5.00.
Self cleaning is by appointment only. There is a limit of cleaning 10 records per visit. Please call Henry at 204-586-6144 for more information. If you live outside of Winnipeg you can send us your records for cleaning. Please call for details.
HK Record Cleaning Fluid
An alcohol based proprietary LP / 45 record cleaning solution. Designed for use with vacuum cleaning systems or manual applicators. Contains lab-grade alcohol, purified water, and a wetting agent. Leaves records like new.
An non-alcohol based proprietary 78’s record cleaning solution. Designed for use with vacuum cleaning systems or manual applicators. Contains purified water and a mild detergent. Especi-ally safe on shellac 78s.
Older, fragile and brittle 78’s are dry cleaned by brush only. Please inquire for more details.
VPI Record Cleaning Machine
With the VPI HW-16.5 Record Cleaning Machine , solution and cleaning brush, your album collection will sound better than it ever has before. With proper cleaning, your records will last longer, and it will reduce wear to your expensive needle. A record that may appear to be perfectly clean to the eye can contain a buildup of debris deep in the grooves. Even a brand new record contains debris from the manufacturing process which will be removed by the HW-16.5. The HW-16.5, with its high-torque, 18 RPM turntable motor, and its 35-second cleaning cycle per album side, makes quick work of even the dirtiest records. The HW-16.5 has a self aligning vacuum suction tube for accurate cleaning, and the HW-16.5’s high-powered vacuum ensures quick, deep cleaning. The internal fluid collection system is constructed of stainless steel to prevent corrosion, and the fully enclosed design prevents splashing.