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, fungus, as well as 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).
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, dirty 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.
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.
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 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.