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 cleaning, our process gets into the grooves and restores the record removing remnants of prior cleaning processes, cleaning agents, record release agent as well as fungus and dirt.
To avoid damaging your records, you’ve got to PAMPER them!
Treat your vinyl right, and you’ll enjoy crystal clear sound every time!
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. Vinyl records are the oldest form of recordings and where you don’t want to let dirt, debris, fungus or gunk build up inside the grooves. Most forget where most cleaning methods introduce dust as well as leave residues in the grooves which sees the stylus no longer make proper contact with the pressing.
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", and a duller sound, missing the original breath.
Avoid scratching your records, handle them with care.
Dirty records are often redeemable, but scratches (depending on their depth) might be permanent.
Improper storage and handling can scratch up your records. Handle record by the edges, use a non PVC, anti-static sleeve for storage and not the paper sleeve insert or cardboard sleeve.
"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 Cleaning & Restoration Machine, you’ll never have to worry about dirty records getting between you and your tunes!
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.