Taking Care Of Your Vinyl Records
Just as you need to care for your audio equipment, you also need to clean your records and care for them. If they’re dirty or scratched, it hardly matters how great your turntable is. Your music just won’t sound very good! You will not feel the breath of the artist or see the soundstage. Cleansing the surface is not groove restoration. By ionizing the record to accept a sonic plasma wave our process gets into the grooves and restores the record removing remnants of prior cleaning processes, cleaning agents, the record release agent as well as trapped fungus and dirt. Treat your vinyl right, and you’ll enjoy crystal clear sound every time! AFTER KIRMUSS RECORD RESTORATION AND PROPER STORAGE: ONLY ONE 5 MINUTE CYCLE WITH THE KIRMUSS IONIZING SURFACTANT APPLIED EVERY 3 TO 4 YEARS IS ALL THAT IS REQUIRED.
Keep Your Records Clean!
The weakest link in your music experience is the source material. We know what compromises the CD and digital music have made for portability. Vinyl records are the oldest form of recordings and where you don’t want to let dirt, debris, fungus or other contaminants build up inside the grooves. Most forget where most air and vacuum drying methods re-introduces dust as well as leaves residues in the grooves which sees the stylus no longer make proper contact with the pressing.
AFTER If you do not maintain and take care of your records, they won’t reflect the originally pressing and mastery of the artist, producer, engineer, studio and process.
Instead of top-notch fidelity, you’ll hear “ticks and pops”, (most of these are caused by contaminants trapped in the groove, hit by the stylus), and with coatings and films, a “duller” less brilliant sound, missing the original breath.
With our unique process and by removing the record’s release agent, sometimes prresent for 30, 40 and 50 yeasrs, dirty records are often redeemable. WITH THE NEEDLE NOW MAKING PROPER CONTACT WITH THE GROOVE, even light surface scratches while originally thought permanant in most cases are no longer touched by the needle’s dyne and are now transparent.
Improper storage and handling can also affect your records. Keep in a dry, well ventillated area. Replace paper sleeves with anti-static, anti-fungal, 4 mil HDPE sleeves. (also available from us). DO NOT THROW OUT PRINTED PAPER SLEEVES. While they may be ridden with fungus, store them seperate to the record.
Handle record by the edges.
“One thing is certain: playing a dirty recording, regardless of its format, is one of the most damaging things you can do to it.”
-(Gerald L. Gibson, Head of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress, 1991)
It is just as important to use a carbon fiber brush to remove any dust before play, as playing a record as such will see the heat of the needle actually embed dust and dirt into the grooves. The good news? Caring for your records isn’t all that hard.
By using the Kirmuss Audio Record Restoration System you’ll never have to worry about dirty records getting between you and your tunes!
To remember: Most processes cosmetically clean the record’s surface, and most leave a coating or residue in the grooves. Vacuum systems also introduce dust and apply static, also leaving residues on the groove surface. The KirmussAudio process strips out lodged contaminants from the grooves, including removal of the original record release agent that may in fact see dust, dirt, and fungus lodged in the grooves.
Grooves Are The Key To Great Sound
Record grooves are where your favorite music lives. As your stylus cruises the grooves, it sends those analog signals through the cartridge to your preamp and, finally, to your speakers.
Grooves are essentially to records what words are to a novel. Just as you can’t tell a great story without compelling language, you can’t enjoy great sound without clean, undamaged grooves. Here’s what that means for your vinyl record collection:
Why Store Records Vertically?
Stacking records can warp or bend them, never mind increase the risk of scratching. Record shops don’t display vinyl vertically just for customer convenience.
They do it to protect their product. But following the cool-dry-vertical protocol alone won’t keep your records from getting dirty. To protect records from dust and contaminants, you should store them inside professional-grade, anti-static sleeves.
How To Store Your Records
- Cool, dry, and vertical – that’s how to store your records.
- Excess moisture and heat can harm vinyl, so it’s a good idea to store your records in a dry, temperature-controlled environment. Most of the time, this means keeping them within your primary living space.
- Attics are a no-go because the summer heat can warp your vinyl.
- Basements are iffy, too. When the relative humidity reaches 58% or higher, the risk of mold increases.
- Due to the fact that PVC with a soy derivative as a stabilizer and with a release agent present that attracts dust and dirt which in turn promotes the formation of bacterial colonies on the surface, added paper and celulose, mold will grow on the vinyl itself, and also grow on a paper record sleeve. AFTER RESTORATION we strongly recommend the use of NON PVC, HDPE sleeves to store records.
How To Handle Records
When possible, only touch your records at the edges and on the label. Otherwise, the oils from your hands and fingers may coat or lodge inside the grooves. The more oils, the more we see dust stick to the playing surface. It’s kind of a springboard toward gunking up your records, so you’re better off not beginning the process in the first place.
Proper handling also matters during the moments just before and during play. Raise and lower the needle on your turntable using the cueing lever – not your fingers. When you’re done listening to a record, be sure you slide it into the sleeve. Dropping it in risks splitting the sleeve or scratching the vinyl.
What should you do if you happen to touch the playing surface? First of all, relax. We’ve all done it. You just need to restore your records, and that’s what we do Best.