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 it hardly matters how great your turntable is as your needle is not touching all the detail originally pressed in the record's groove by the stamper..
As such, Your music just won’t sound very good!
You will not feel the breath of the artist or see the soundstage. Cleaning the surface of the record while making it shiny and make you feel good is not groove restoration. This as both water with or without a soap haver the same electrical charge, the record repels efforts beyond surface cleaning. Only by ionizing the record and change its charge by our spray application will the record accept a sonic plasma wave and whereby our process now reaches into the grooves and restores the record over multiple 2 or 5 minute cycles over 16 or 20-25 minutes, first removing remnants of prior cleaning processes, fungus, as well as finally the release agent that traps dust particles inside the grooves.
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.
Before playing any record, always use a Parastatic felt brush to remove dust from the surface, followed by a 2.5 m Carbon Fiber Brush with a metal case to remove static. (Model KA-B1).
Store records vertically in a cool dry area away from sources of heat or direct sunlight. With records restored, slip them into HDPE anti-static record sleeves with an alkaline sandwiched filler (not rice paper)..
While one should discard paper sleeves as they may be ridden with fungus, do store them away from the record but easily retrieved if they have anything printed non them, adding value to your record for future resale.
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 moist air with paper sleeves holding the records promotes the growth of fungus. Vacuum or air drying methods re-introduces dust and static as well as leaves residues in the grooves which sees the stylus no longer make proper contact with the pressing.
With our unique process and by removing the record's release agent, sometimes present for 30, 40 and 50 years and even in the latest pressings, all records are often redeemable. WITH THE NEEDLE NOW MAKING PROPER CONTACT WITH THE GROOVE, even light surface scratches while originally thought permanent in most cases are no longer touched by the needle's dyne and are now transparent. Seven times out of 10 we may also recover and not hear the click associated with a tone arm skid, just because the needle is now riding in effect what the stamper had as detail, less release agent.
Improper storage and handling can also affect your records. Keep in a dry, well ventilated area. Replace paper sleeves with anti-static, anti-fungal, 4 mil HDPE sleeves. (also available from us (Model KA-RS-1-40). DO NOT THROW OUT PRINTED PAPER SLEEVES. While they may be ridden with fungus, store them separate to the record as mentioned where they may add value to your 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)
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 music as the release agent left over from the pressing process has been removed.
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 and with release agent removed with the needle riding "in the pocket", what words are to a novel and just as you can’t tell a great story without compelling language, you can’t enjoy great sound without both surface cleaning and groove restoration, removing the release agent.
Why store records vertically?
Stacking records can warp or bend them. Record shops don’t display vinyl vertically just for customer convenience.
They do it to protect their product.