How to Clean Vinyl Records

1. Use the Bristle Brush to Wipe Collected Dust Off the Velvet Pad

There may be residue from your last cleaning on the velvet pad. The bristle brush in your Big Fudge 4-in-1 Cleaning Kit makes it easy to remove that lint and dust prior to moving forward with your new cleaning session.

2. Remove Dust, Static, and Other Residue Using Your Soft Brush

Think of this step as sweeping a floor to pick up dry dirt and such before you clean it with a mop. Use the soft brush to give your records a soft wipe-down. 

When DIY cleaning vinyl records, remember to use circular strokes that move with the record’s grooves. This step is also something you could consider doing after every session on your record player to make sure that the dust and flakes don’t stay in the grooves for too long.

3. Inspect for Missed Dirt and Locate Smudges or Fingerprints

Check your records after the first pass to see if you missed anything. This second inspection will also help you determine how many “tough” spots (grime, fingerprints, etc) are on the record and if you might have left a smudge or print on the album. 

DIY cleaning vinyl records takes practice. Don’t be frustrated if you leave lots of smudges or fingerprints the first few times you are learning how to clean vinyl records at home — it takes a few tries before you get efficient at it.

4. Spray With Your Cleaning Fluid and Brush Again

With the easy stuff brushed away and only the tough spots remaining, it’s time to break out the cleaning fluid. Included with every 4-in-1 Cleaning Kit from Big Fudge is a bottle of our cleaning spray that’s alcohol-free and safe to use on all types and sizes of vinyl records. We make DIY cleaning vinyl records easy for you.

Spray once (or twice for larger, tougher spots) on the area that needs it, and use your soft brushes or a microfiber cloth to wipe away the smudges. 

Note: This step needs to be done carefully, as using liquids on your record could result in the label getting damaged. Be mindful to keep the label clear of liquids as best as you can.

5. Rinse and Dry Your Record

We recommend our Record Friend™ for this step, as it provides the best heavy-duty clean you can find.

6. Store Properly to Avoid Dust, Dirt, or Accidental Damage

When you’re done DIY cleaning vinyl records, proper storage is a must. With the dust, grime, and fingerprints removed and the records completely dried, you need to put them into protective sleeves right away. The longer a record is out after you clean vinyl records at home, the more dust, dirt, and chances that something might happen to it.

Big Fudge offers both inner paper jackets and outer protection sleeves for exactly this need. All of our products are designed and made with high-quality materials that surpass industry standards. Plus, we also offer sturdy storage boxes that will help you keep your collection organized and safe.