Pre Playback Wipedown

Just before I play a record, I use an AT brush to wipe off dust, if any. I also wet the brush with the AT634 fluid.


This preplay wipe down fluid is costly. I know it has a surfactant, alcohol water and some scent

Please advise on a simple and records safe pre-playback wipedown fluid I could make, preferably without the surfactant. Eg, X Parts alcohol (IPA?) to Y parts distilled water

My records have been ultrasonically cleaned and stored in good sleeves but I find that a moist preplayback wipedown is beneficial.

Thank you



After I wash the album using an ultrasonic cleaner, and placing in a clean plastic anti-static sleeve, I just use an electrostatic brush to wipe while record is spinning prior to playback.  Have not ever wetted the brush with anything nor do I see the need to.  I only play dry records. 

OP, I too have US cleaned my records. I am liking using my handheld steamer to clean my brush ( distilled water) . This removes so much more dust than dry brushing. I've become obsessed with dust since I got a good tt light.

I’m still using my original dishwasher D4 system...bought quite a bit of extra D4 fluid still sealed on ebay. When not wet cleaning before a play, I find that the audioquest carbon fiber brush, the one with the brass inserts in handle, works well enough. To be honest, if records were already cleaned. You should only have to do a quick dry clean with a brush of your choice, preferably the aforementioned AQ brush. 

I use a Last brush sprayed with the finest mist of Audio Intelligent #6. The mist is so fine that it hardly uses any fluid and the brush is barely moistened.

Thank you all for your input. Unfortunately, my question still remains unanswered. Please do help. Formulation.

I think nothing surpasses a dry, dust-free ultrasonically cleaned LP. I can't imagine any benefit from putting goop of any sort on it, either for the LP itself or for the phono cartridge.

Putting anything on your records is asking for it. Any residue left over will cause trouble and even distilled water will leave a little. Put a few drops on a pocket mirrir and let them dry. Have a look. This is why suction vacuuming the wet record is important. Done correctly it removes all residue. 

Assuming you are starting with a clean record the only thing you have to worry about is incidental dust. Records are always going to attract dust and there is plenty of dust even in the cleanest of homes. Records always have a slight electrostatic charge. They are never neutral. Discharging the record before and even better during play and also taking the dust away from the path of the stylus makes obvious sense. You can use a conductive record brush (Ortofon has a great one) or even better a conductive sweep arm during play. A dust cover that can be used  during play is also a big advantage from both a hygiene and sonic perspective. Unfortunately, most dust covers are poor designs. Not all dust covers are created equal. Many turntable designs make using a dust cover difficult but not impossible if you care to spend the money. 

If you have to clean your stylus you are doing a poor job. The less you have to clean your stylus the better you are doing. Ideally you should never have to clean your stylus, a difficult goal to achieve but it can be done.