On 27/06/2014, John Haley wrote:

> I have been criticized for this, but I believe in avoiding all
> chemicals on records, which are basically fragile things, and washing
> them gently, rubbing lightly with fingers, under running warm tap
> water, drying gently with paper towels, then letting them air dry for
> a little while. To the extent possible, avoid wetting the labels. The
> real benefit here I believe is in the running water, which washes away
> dirt particles like no mere application of a solution can do. The
> result is a clean sounding record, and I have never ruined or hurt any
> record this way. This also removes most gummy record cleaning
> solutions from past years that have left gunk in the grooves. If a
> record is really gunked up, it will sound lousy anyway, so in that
> case I say don't bother with it. Best,
> John Haley

Tap water is a dangerous chemical to use for "cleaning".

It is a powerful solvent which can attack labels, and it contains
impurities, especially in hard water areas. These will leave noisy
surfaces on records (and drying marks on films).

Don Cox
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