Build Your Own Record-Cleaning Block With Putty

Build Your Own Record-Cleaning Block With Putty

Even though vinyl has regained a little market traction in recent years, the accessory business hasn’t. If you’re a collector who enjoys digging through crates of old and scratched LPs, you’ve probably found some dirty ones in need of cleaning, and Instructables user bfk has a simple and cheap solution.

You’ll need to build a small wood block with a strip of plastic attached, but the crux of the cleaning comes from removable putty wrapped around a small bar. The block is used to roll the putty across the record, picking up dirt, lint and everything else. It’s a simple way to make your records clean and better-sounding, especially considering other options like wood glue or building a whole machine take a lot of time and effort. Theoretically you could skip the wood block part, but it might end up picking more grit off your hands then the record itself. Find the full guide over on Instructables.

Block and Bar Vinyl Record Cleaner [Instructables]


  • Actually, this is the worst possible way to clean a record. All you’r doing is pushing gunk further into the grooves, and leaving residue of the putty too, which will attract more dust.

    If you’ve got the funds, buy a proper record cleaning machine like the Moth or VPI. But the usual solution (for anyone know actually knows anything about vinyl) is to simply play the record, then clean the stylus. The stylus – let’s not forget its a diamond – fits the groove exactly, and will clean all the dust and gunk out as it plays. Simply use a good stylus cleaner – again, most of us will have special ‘green paper’ that any good audio retailer will have.

  • Hi – I needed to find what would work for me. After watching many record-cleaning YouTube videos and reading info on the net, I use a extremely weak solvent before playing, wiping with a microfibre cloth. The solvent is home made and I don’t play records wet. I do not have an audiophile rig (i.e high end turntable) so maybe if I did I would try another method.

    I agree with Dave about the above mentioned method. The problem with using a microfibre cloth is grit. I have to be somewhat paranoid about grit (tiny grains of hard dirt) that can scratch the record as you clean. I think there are many different ways of cleaning records. I think I have even seen hot steam cleaning (on youtube) where the record actually begins to bend and deform from the heat. Not a process I would try 🙂

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