How to handle your records

Don’t touch the Grooves!


When possible, only touch your records at the edges and on the label. Otherwise, the oils from your hands could get inside the grooves. The more oil that gets in the grooves, the more dust sticks to the playing surface. It’s kind of a springboard toward gunking up your records, so you’re better off not beginning the process in the first place.

Proper handling also matters during the moments just before and during play. Raise and lower the needle on your turntable using the cueing lever – not your fingers. When you’re done listening to a record, be sure you slide it into the sleeve. Dropping it in risks splitting the sleeve or scratching the vinyl.

What should you do if you happen to touch the playing surface? First of all, relax. We’ve all done it. You just need to clean your records, and that's what we, at
KirmussAudio do BEST!

ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD!

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.) absolutely loved his vinyl!  The Boxing Legend that gave us such iconic phrases as
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" &
"Don't count the days, make the days count."

should really have known better than to handle those 45's with a bit more care and TLC... 

 TAKING CARE OF YOUR VINYL RECORDS 


Just as you need to care for your audio equipment, you also need to clean your records and care for them.

If they’re dirty or scratched, it hardly matters how great your turntable is.

Your music just won’t sound very good.

To avoid damaging your records, you’ve got to pamper them.

Treat your vinyl right, and you’ll enjoy crystal clear sound every time!


Grooves are the key to great sound

  • Record grooves are where your favorite music lives.

As your stylus cruises the grooves, it sends those analog signals through the cartridge to your preamp and, finally, to your speakers.

  • Grooves are essentially to records what words are to a novel.

Just as you can’t tell a great story without compelling language, you can’t enjoy great sound without clean, undamaged grooves. Here’s what that means for your vinyl record collection:

Keep your records clean!


  • ​You don’t want to let dirt, debris, or gunk build up inside the grooves.

If you do, your records won’t sound the same.

  • Instead of top-notch fidelity, you’ll hear "ticks and pops". 
  • Avoid scratching your records

Dirty records are often redeemable, but scratches might be permanent.

  • Improper storage and handling can scratch up your records.

"One thing is certain: playing a dirty recording, regardless of its format, is one of the most damaging things you can do to it.”

(Gerald L. Gibson, Head of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress, 1991)

The good news? Caring for your records isn’t all that hard.

By using the Kirmuss Audio Record Cleaning & Restoration Machineyou’ll never have to worry about dirty records getting between you and your tunes!


How to store your records

  • Cool, dry, and vertical – that’s how to store your records.
  • Excess moisture and heat can harm vinyl, so it’s a good idea to store your records in a dry, temperature-controlled environment. Most of the time, this means keeping them within your primary living space.
  • Attics are a no-go because the summer heat can warp your vinyl.
  • Basements are iffy, too. When the relative humidity reaches 58% or higher, the risk of mold increases.

Due to the fact that PVC has a sugar content mold will grow on vinyl itself, and it can grow on a paper record sleeve and then gunk up your grooves.   This is why we strongly recommend the use of NON PVC sleeves to store records.

At best, prolonged exposure to moisture, humidity, and mold will make your records dirty and ruin those great record covers.

At worst, it can warp them.


Why store records vertically?

Stacking records can warp or bend them, never mind increase the risk of scratching.

Record shops don’t display vinyl vertically just for customer convenience.

They do it to protect their product.

But following the cool-dry-vertical protocol alone won’t keep your records from getting dirty. To protect records from dust and contaminants, you should store them inside professional-grade, anti-static sleeves.

Nice to see "Frodo Baggins" (Elijah Wood) enjoying some vinyl!

Someone really should have told Sir Michael Philip Jagger that he could get more SATISFACTION out of his record collection if he didn't smoke near it!

Marlon Brando Jr. was one of the greatest actors who ever lived... but he should not have been smoking anywhere near his vinyl... The way he held those records must have left nice fingerprints on them too!
Someone should have Made Him an Offer He Couldn't Refuse and taught him the proper way to handle his beloved music LP's!

Terence Steven McQueen, the star of such classics as Papillon, Bullitt, and The Great Escape obviously had great taste in music judging from the record collection at his feet...

That Miles Davis is absolutely fabulous!
Too bad no one told Mr. McQueen how much better his records would have sounded had he taken better care of them!

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix probably created a "PURPLE HAZE" around his record collection...

Cigarette smoke is absolutely horrible for any Vinyl!

"AS GOOD AS IT GETS"!  

John Joseph Nicholson, "Jack" to his friends... listening to some vinyl back in the day.

ROBERT PLANT from LED ZEPELLIN showing a "WHOLE LOTTA LOVE" for vinyl... although the way he has is laying on the carpet may not be the best way to handle his record collection!  

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