Although it seems to be often overlooked, cleaning your turntable is quite important. Vinyl records produce static electricity, which tends to attract a lot of dust. The dust may or may not be visible, but you would surely realize something is wrong when your turntable starts producing a little distorted sound.
If you don’t take care of the problem in time, the dust and debris may lead to scratches on the playing surface and even end up damaging it. When that happens, it would probably be a bit too late to fix it on your own.
It’s Not Very Difficult To Clean Your Turntable
Now though some may think that cleaning a turntable is a little technical task, it’s actually far from being one. In fact, once you get used to it, it’s not even as difficult as a simple DIY task.
Similarly, it’s also not very time consuming or expensive to clean a turntable, so there doesn’t really seem to a reason to shy away from the job.
What You Will Need
Well, now that you know how important it is to clean your turntable, and why you need not be worried about doing it yourself, let’s take a look at the things you will need to get the job done.
- Quality stylus cleaning brush
- Rubbing alcohol
- Soft paintbrush
- A lint-free cloth
- A dusting cloth
How To Go About Cleaning Your Turntable?
After getting all the required things at your disposal, you can get started with cleaning your turntable.
The needle of your turntable will be the very first thing you would want to clean, as it’s one of the most important parts of your turntable.
Cleaning The Stylus
You need to use the stylus cleaning brush to clean your turntable’s needle. The reason for using this specific brush and not any other one is because it offers the required level of precision that allows cleaning the needle properly without causing any damage.
However, you still need to ensure that you’re using this thing the right way to avoid ending up causing damage to your turntable’s needle. You need to clean the needle from back to front using the brush, which is the only way to do it safely. If you move the brush from front to back or even side to side, it may result in bending the needle.
However, if you feel the stylus hasn’t been cleaned properly, you can use the rubbing alcohol in a very small quantity by simply dampening the brush in it and moving over the stylus again.
It’s recommended to clean the stylus every time the turntable is used.
Cleaning the surface
You can simply use an anti-static cloth to wipe off any dust or debris from the surface of your turntable. However, just like while cleaning the needle, if you feel that it needs more thorough cleaning, you can apply a little rubbing alcohol on a lint-free cloth and cleaning the surface again.
Usually, if the surface part has fingerprints and other more difficult-to-remove agents, it will require to be cleaned with rubbing alcohol. However, while using rubbing alcohol, make sure you start cleaning the surface from the center and then move outwards in a circle.
Finally, you can use a completely dry lint-free cloth again to get rid of any other debris or dust that may have remained on the surface of your turntable.
A final word
Just like the stylus, it’s recommended to clean your turntable’s surface after each use as well. You may also want to keep in mind some other important tips, such as the below mentioned ones.
- Never use your fingers to wipe the surface or the stylus
- Never try to blow the stylus
- You should use the dust cover you may have got with your record player when it’s not in use