Use A Dry Electrostatic Cleaning Cloth To Dust Off Your Records

If you are an owner of vinyl records, you may have noticed that they tend to attract dust, little hairs, and dudes who love to talk about the finer points of Pet Sounds. I can't do anything to help with that last one, but I've found that dry electrostatic cleaning cloths are really great for getting rid of the first two.

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This isn't a substitute for a deep, get-down-in-the-grooves cleaning, but if you have a pretty clean record with just a couple of little fibres or strands of dog hair, a soft, dry, unscented electrostatic cloth will free you from these needle-hostile bits. They're also pretty cheap, especially if you buy them in bulk. (I'm sure someone out there has an obscure reason as to why I shouldn't do this, but I've been doing it for years, and never had any issues.)


    It's not a terrible idea unless you live in a static rich environment (ie a dry climate), in which case you will be charging the records cause them to suck all the dust out of the air and onto them selves.

    Plus a Disc that is full of a static charge will affect the playback quality of the audio.

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