If you’re tempted to run out and buy a $1000 Record Cleaning Machine, then be my guest. However, you could get similar results for under $10 with a little bit of DIY spirit. With soap and water and few random parts from Home Depot you could be up and running with the most economical and effective vinyl record cleaning systems.
Here’s what you need:
- Dawn kitchen soap ($1.65) and warm water in tupperware or plastic bowl
- 2 1/2″ paintbrush (found one in the garage)
- Microfiber towels (had one lying around the house, can be found at Walmart for $1)
- Sink in the laundry room and warm tap water to rinse (almost free)
- DIY Groovmaster label protector
- 2 outdoor plastic outlet covers (4″ diameter) with foam weather stripping ($2.85)
- 2 screw clamps ($1.50)
- gorilla glue ($3)
1. Make a hole in the center of the plastic outlet covers
2. Using some waterproof Gorilla Glue, glue the foam “weatherstrip” circles onto the covers, and let it dry for a couple of hours (I let it dry over night).
3. Once glue is dry, tighten the screws through the holes in the outlet cover into the black clamp handles.
4. Your DIY Groovmaster Label Protector is now ready to protect your labels for washing. (You can always clean off any extra glue, I was just being lazy). With the Groovemaster in place protecting the label it also acts as a handle for holding record during cleaning.
5. Clean record with brush dipped in warm water with a little Dawn soap.
6. Rinse with warm tap water (avoid using hot water, you don’t want to warp the record) and then towel dry (IMPORTANT – use a no-scratch microfiber towel that is commonly used on cars).
7. Air dry for an hour using dish rack.
There you go, with about 20 minutes of actual working time you could be listening to sparkling crystal clear vinyl for under $10.
Notes: I should mention that I used the plastic outdoor outlet covers (someone else I’ve seen used the metal ones). I found the plastic ones to be easier to screw the holes through.
For the black handle/clamps I got mine at a Home Depot. They were in the nails and screws section in one of those turnstile/compartment racks. Then you have to find the screws to fit separately.