Now using Spin Clean cloths for drying...

I've used my trusty VPI 16.5 for roughly 35 years. I have been using the following process below for roughly 10 years...1) wet clean with Audio Intelligent #15, which does require a distilled (or other pure) water Rinse process. I use separate wet brushes.. one dedicated for the #15, and another for the H20. As the thread title hints upon, I'm no longer vacuuming, Sidenote: When I was vacuuming, I used separate VAC arm tubes for the #15 and water. I would say a couple of years ago, I just stopped the Vac drying in favor of the Spin Clean Cloths. The SC Cloths are very much like an old fashioned cloth baby diaper. I'd like to seek out opinions to see what my fellow Audiogon members think of this. My take is: I see this as a positive, as it eliminates the static (noise/pops/clicks) that the Vac process seems to promote. I use a dedicated bin of cloths for drying the #15, and then another to dry the distilled H20. I realized after a very short period, that the SC Cloths should be used only once. So after a single use, they get laundered with the all natural type laundry detergent.



A Tap Water that is ’soft’ is claimed to be fine for cleaning an LP, as the particulate that is suspended in it is not going to be of a dimension that can be detected by the Stylus, if it is able to become lodged deep in the groove. I am not sure if this method when used to clean would leave a residual when left to air dry?

A Water that is ’Hard’ goes have particulate suspended within it, that is best not to be in contact with a LP Groove, using this method is best avoided and using a Distilled or Purified Water will be the better alternative. Distilled and Purified Water will both air dry without leaving a residual on the surface.

When making a Solution for cleaning, there are Solutions that are used that have chemical constituents that can be detrimental and there are ratio’s of mixes for the constituents to be considered for the exact dilution of the chemical.

The Link will offer much insight into areas to be concerned about for Cleaning Vinyl LP’s.



Dear @fjn04 : I cleaned and clean my LP’s through VPi and I only make it once in the LP life. I do it for new LP’s or dirty second hand ones.

The best day by day cleaner that mantain each LP in cleaned condition are the cartridges stylus tip. I use a carbob brush ligthly and that’s all.


I don’t care of deep grooves " dust " if the stylus tip can goes deeper. Who cares about? because trying to doing that deeper clean can’t almost helps to improve the quality of what we are listening day by day.. Of course that we have to take care to mantain cartridges stylus tip clean .

As almost everything in audio: common sense is just enough.


Regards and enjoy the MUSIC NOT DISTORTIONS,



Raul- Do the moving magnets do better at pushing the dust out of the way? (-:

Does anyone have any more thoughts on my cloth drying as an alternative to vacuuming?

I use the SC cloths for drying, they do a perfect job, no added static observed, yes you must have plenty as they get soaked rather fast.

The cloths are the cheap, easy solution. The problem is that the do not dry deep enough into the groove. If you dry a record and quickly put it on the table and play it, you will see water pile up against the stylus. So, the bottom of the groove dries by evaporation leaving whatever was in the solution. Distilled water is not pure H2O, it is less contaminated H2O. Leave a puddle on a black surface and let it dry. You will see a white spot where the puddle was. That is what is left in your groove.

Blow drying is also bad because it is an evaporative method that leaves the same residue in the groove. Vacuum drying is handily the best if it is a good design. It removes the most fluid from deep in the groove. If it leaves a residue it is on the molecular level which may or may not be a good thing depending on what you are leaving behind.