Record Care and Cleaning

Believe it or not, even stored records will still accumulate dust, and when that happens, you’ll have to clean your records before playing them.

To clean vinyl (LP’s): Use a solution up to 20% isopropyl alcohol (one part isopropyl alcohol to four parts water), and gently wipe the record in a spiral motion, using a soft cloth, from the center out to the edge. Pat it dry with a clean, anti-static cloth. A fine camel hair paint brush can remove visible dust particles.

To clean shellac (78’s): Never use alcohol-based fluids—alcohol dissolves shellac. Water is a better choice, although water may cause some 78’s to swell up due to their lamination. If you use a water-based cleaning solution (such as small amounts of diluted hand soap or dishwashing liquid dissolved in water) clean in the same manner as you would an LP. Rinse with clear water.

If you have the funds, clean your 78’s with a vacuum cleaning machine (a professional record cleaning device). Good used record cleaning machines can be purchased for as little as $100.00 but be careful! These units may have been used to death and may damage your records more than clean them! If possible, depending on your collection, it maybe necessary to ‘bite the bullet’ and buy a proper record cleaning machine. These will run you from $300.00 to as high as $4000.00. Ouch!

Some general rules for record storage:

  • Always stand your records upright, on their edges. Records stored horizontally eventually bend and warp
  • Never place records in direct sunlight or heat; this too will cause them to warp
  • Keep records in a cool, dry place (not the basement or garage, which tend to be moist and damp)
  • Ensure that your storage area is clean
  • Purchase paper or anti-static record sleeves to reduce dust accumulation

Over the past few years, Innovative Audio has been proud to support the outstanding efforts of the Delta Community Animal Shelter by donating 5% of our total audio sales during the month of December. This year, our record department has also decided to hop on board and they will also be donating 5% of total record sales!  WE ARE HOPING TO TOP LAST YEAR’S DONATION CONTRIBUTION and with your help we know we can!

In addition, we want to take things a bit further by hosting our very first ‘Animal Drive’. In essence, we are asking people to look around their homes for good clean towels, blankets, sheets, hand towels or anything else related and drop them off at our shop so we can pass it along to the DCAS. These items can be new or used, as long as they are clean.

Also, we are also looking for food, toys, used cat trees or anything else to make these animals comfortable.

For your efforts, items brought in that support this cause will be put into a draw for a $250.00 Gift Certificate to be used in our store. Just fill out the ballot with your name and phone number when you drop off your donation and we’ll draw a winning entry on December 22nd – our last day open for 2018.

Even if you do not or cannot provide items listed above, just putting a dollar or two or any amount you choose into the fund will also make you eligible for the Gift Certificate.

If you are looking to open your doors this year for an addition to your family, adopting one of these incredible furry, lovable critters would be awesome.  DCAS has been tirelessly providing care, love and attention to animals and we wholeheartedly support their efforts.  

This year, lets spread the love of music to support the ones that need love the most, the animals.

Thank you, from all of us at Innovative Audio.


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