There’s no way around it: the vinyl resurgence is in full effect. And, for the most part, that is a great development. More and more people are now trying their hands on old school records as a means of playing music, understanding that nothing beats the touch and feel of laying down a slab of vinyl, or flicking through crates in dusty record shops
Those that are new to the dynamics of record players and the vulnerability of vinyl itself do good to know about the basics of how to handle your records, and specifically what not to do with them. Strictly following these ten commandments below will make sure that you will keep your vinyl collection as healthy as possible, enabling you to enjoy them for a much, much longer period.
Keep your fingers off the record’s surface ! Always hold a record by its outer edges only. Some purists will even tell you that accidentally touching the surface actually demands immediate action, like cleaning it with liquid record cleaner or isopropyl alcohol. Let it dry before you place it back in its sleeve though.
Only use designated tools to clean your record – your t shirt won’t doUsing your t-shirt or a kitchen wipe (even a new one) will scratch the record, besides that it only moves the dirt around, it doesn’t remove it. A carbon fiber cleaning brush will do the trick, and leave your record intact.
Don’t use duct tape to fix a record sleeveJust don’t. It looks horrible and a proper glue job will have your sleeve back in its original state in no time.
Always place a record back into its sleeve after you’re done playingVinyl collects dust faster than your grandparents’ attic. When you’re done playing, don’t leave the record lying around.
Don’t place or remove your record from a spinning record platterRemoving a record from a spinning record platter will quickly scratch the flipside of a record. So always wait until it has completely stopped turning before you remove your record.