Know What You Need
There’s more to LP cleaners than just spraying and wiping down. To keep your collection sounding its best for the long term, we recommend a regimen that includes:
Anti-static brushes are designed to remove particles without scratching the vinyl. To avoid spotting or smudges, an alcohol-free cleaning solution and gentle microfiber cloth are ideal for removing fingerprints off the track. Once the cleaning solution is rinsed, a second microfiber cloth is necessary for carefully drying the LP before storing it upright.
All-In-One Vinyl Record Care Solutions
Big Fudge has made the cleaning process easy for audiophiles everywhere! The Complete 4-In-1 Vinyl Cleaning Kit contains everything you need and more to keep your LPs spotless. It comes with multiple cleaning brushes for the vinyl and turntable. Our cleaning fluid is also included in our vinyl cleaning kit.
For those of you with an extensive library, Record Friend is a revolutionary record washer. Maintenance is smooth sailing from start to end with Record Friend’s vinyl sink, drying rack, multiple brushes, and microfiber cloths. Streamline the cleaning process and clean up to 50 records in one go!
Don’t Stop There
Proper storage between vinyl cleaning sessions is another way to keep those beats sounding sweet. Reduce the amount of dust collecting on your records by using acid-free inner sleeves and polypropylene outer sleeves. Big Fudge wants your music to sound great for decades to come. Shop for the best-in-class vinyl cleaning supplies and kits at Big Fudge today!
Frequently Asked Questions
How can you tell the quality of a vinyl record?
There are many factors that make a vinyl record high-quality in a collectors eyes, including:
- How rare it is
- Whether or not it has the original sleeves and packaging
- How damaged it is
- How intact and clear the sound quality is
- How often it has been cleaned properly with a vinyl cleaning kit
- How often it has been played
Quality has nothing to do with your taste in music, of course. Whether you like classical, hip hop, rock, or anything in between, a record can be just as personally meaningful to you. Here’s what makes the best sounding vinyl albums great.
Is new vinyl as good as old vinyl?
That’s subjective, and also a big matter of debate in the music world! A similar question would be: is an antique painting better than a contemporary painting? No matter if you love new or old records, we’ll share your love of vinyl at Big Fudge.
How do you start a vinyl collection?
We’re happy you’re getting into our passion for audio! Read our guide on how to start collecting vinyl.
Why is vinyl coming back?
Back? Vinyl never left! Vinyl experienced a plummet in popularity starting in the 90s when cassettes and CDs came on the scene, but vinyl has never disappeared. In fact, vinyl has experienced a skyrocketing surge in popularity in the music world within the last decade.
Do vinyl records wear out?
Without the proper care, vinyl records can degrade and lose their sound quality. If they’re damaged enough they can become unplayable, just like any other physical media. If you care for and store records carefully with purpose-made LP cleaners and vinyl cleaning kits, they’ll last your whole lifetime and beyond.
Why does vinyl sound so good?
Digital audio is compressed, and many audiophiles agree that the lossless audio format on vinyl is the best way to experience music as it was originally recorded. Sound that is processed through digital speakers is always going to have a different nuance than sound processed via a record. The best way to form an opinion on the matter is to listen for yourself.
How should vinyl be stored — flat or upright?
Vinyl should always be stored upright. This is a must. If you stack them, the lower plates will suffer and the envelopes will be damaged. They will also experience more degradation and friction over time, reducing their lifespan. Here’s how to display your vinyl collection.
How do I clean vinyl records?
You can start with our 4-in-1 vinyl cleaning kit. You’ll also benefit from items like an LP cleaner and a new record washer from time to time. You can also read our handy article on how to keep your vinyl in mint condition.
Can vinyl records get wet?
Don’t intentionally use water to clean your record. Some people say you can use distilled water, but it can be risky. Most tap water contains many different minerals and chemicals, so you’re much better off using a cleaning solution instead. If your record has accidentally gotten wet, it might not be completely damaged. Just dry it with a microfiber cloth and/or let it air dry overnight. Water will damage any paper covering or central label on a record, so it’s best not to get them wet.
How long do vinyl records last?
It depends on how the record was made, the condition in which it was stored, and many other factors. However, most records can survive for several decades — usually a whole lifespan — before they fully degrade.
Why do vinyl records crackle?
Vinyl can “crackle” if it is dirty, damaged, flawed in the manufacturing process, or has accumulated excess static. Crackling is essentially a result of an impurity. This flaw can be very small, so it’s important you use the right tools. If you use a purpose-made vinyl cleaning kit regularly, you can prevent crackling and other sound degradation.