Cleaning dirty vinyls is not so easy as you wish. There is no universal way. Sometimes you need to use several ways to do it or use both processes: mechanical and ultrasonic. When you see a footprint on your record you must know it won’t be easy. Some records need special attention and time, for some it is enough to wash them quickly and once only. If records are very dirty (like from trash) it is better to wash them in pure water before. Ultrasounds are very selective and accurate.
It does not allow the removal of a thick layer of dust and dirt.
When you listen to your record and you hear crackling and unwanted noises, surface of vinyl looks probably like below
It needs to have the dirt removed without damaging the surface of the vinyl. It’s almost impossible to it mechanically, especially when the dirt is old and glued to the surface. Only ultrasonic cleaner can handle this.
But when your vinyl looks like this, there is no hope for improvement.
See very interesting article about washing vinyl records:
Because of the cost of ultrasonic cleaners many people construct the unit themselves. With better or worse result.
But it cost quite a few and needs time and experience.
So if you don’t want or you are not able to do it, think about our device.
But remember – the cleaner does not works miracles, it only cleans the vinyl surface.
Many people ask me for video test and results of cleaning.
I’ll help myself with existing video test:
Why do I show someone else’s work?
Because mine is never objective. In the time of computer technology I can do everything. It looks like an advertisement for weight loss pills.
But the pills won’t makes you slender and slim only Photoshop.
You can easily check the condition of the vinyl record using usb digital microscope.
Available on ebay searching „digital microscope”.
We also use it to check cleaning results, and make sure about mechanical damage of the soundtrack.
It looks like that:
Results after one single cleaning in our device: