General care of vinyl records

Vinyl records are delicate and require proper care to ensure their longevity and sound quality. Here are some tips on how to care for vinyl records:

  1. Handle the records with care: Always handle the records by their edges and center label to avoid getting fingerprints or oils on the playing surface.

  2. Store the records properly: Keep the records in their sleeves and store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. This will prevent warping, discoloration and other damage.

  3. Clean the records before playing: Dust and dirt can accumulate on the surface of the records, which can affect the sound quality. Use a carbon fiber brush or a microfiber cloth to gently remove any debris on the surface of the records before playing.

  4. Use a record cleaning solution: If the records are particularly dirty or have visible smudges or stains, use a record cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth to clean the surface. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and avoid using harsh chemicals or rough materials that could scratch the surface.

  5. Use a quality turntable and stylus: A good quality turntable and stylus will help preserve the sound quality of your records. Clean the stylus regularly and replace it every 500-800 hours of playtime to avoid damaging the records.

By following these tips, you can help ensure the longevity and sound quality of your vinyl records.