|I found the following interesting article on Michael Fremer's site:|
I thought my record cleaning routine was fairly thorough. After reading this article I realize its possible to get much more involved, anal actually. I use RRL SDC followed by SVW on new records. On my older records or used ones I buy, an enzyme cleaner, either VinylZyme Gold or Audio Intelligent precedes those steps. Flip caps are not opened with fingers; a pin or end of a paper clip is used. Separate brushes and vacuum pickup tubes are used for each step. The felt strips on the vacuum pickup tubes are cleaned after each record by holding them over the vacuum port and vacuuming the contaminants off. After every 4 records, the felt strips and brushes are rinsed with their appropriate fluid (except the enzyme tube and brush are rinsed with SVW) and then vacuumed dry. Tubes and brushes are stored in a box to keep them away from dust and other contaminants. Anyone go to the extremes outlined in the article? The idea of spreading contaminants from record to record is plausible, and I hope my method limits that.