Kishor's Kitchen ( Kookin' for Klowns
"I use a home brew to clean my LPs, it is a wet-non-suck-off-but-rinsed-under-a-shower.."
constraint and collection size doesn't justify a VPI BUT I reckon that
since both my LPs and I can take a shower together, I'm game. Any particular
were some topics bandied about by Vinly lovers one night around the
Lounge while sharing some beers and playing "Mine is Bigger than
Yours". After being asked to repeat his 'fomula' umpteem times
cos almost everyone was way too drunk to write it down, Kishor takes
it on himself to distill his formula onto parchment so
TELLians will quit bugging him for his 'Kambing Soup' recipe.
water - (I buy the stuff off the shelves of Cold Storage - No Frills
type but I am sure you can get something purer from a pharmacy; I am
suspect about the distilled water sold at Watson's as it tastes a little
sweeter; sugar may be added to enhance its flavour and sugar residue
can cause distortion if not removed completely off the LPs).
alcohol - with a min 70% purity. Available at a Pharmacy near you. DO
NOT USE ANY OTHER TYPES OF ALCOHOL. Detergent - MaMa Lemon is said to
be the best but you may use any dish washing type available. NOTE Please,
it is DETERGENT that I mentioned and NOT SCOURING agents (powder or
liquid). If you decide to use scouring agents, please expect the worse.
85 -90% distilled H2O and the balance is Isopropyl alcohol
(10 - 15%) and a few drops (4 - 5) of MaMa Lemon. If u are
making 1 ltr of the mix it would be 850 - 900 ml of H2O and 100 - 150
ml of ISO. I sometimes add a little more ISO (+50ml). NOTE Please -
do not use pure ISO on vinyl, though it has not been established but
it is felt that pure ISO may damage vinyl on the long run.
one sealed and heavy tin/container with a diameter close to the LPs
label size, e.g. margarine, one 3"-4" wide paint brush, available at
any art supply shop (I use a Squirrel brand made in China #8) but u
may be able to find something better at record/HiFi dealers; ask the
guys @ Music by Design (MBD) where they got their's or ask them to procure
one for you. BTW MBD cleans LPs @$2.00 a piece and they replace the
inner sleeve as well. A shower head that sprays fast jets of water and
First rinse the LP under the shower head over the basin. This is to
remove the bigger grime that may act as a scouring agent and scratch
your LPs while cleaning. I then place the LP on the heavy tin with the
rim size of the label and drop 20 - 30 drops of the mix onto the LP
and use the brush to 1st spread the mix onto the LP and then brush up
a decent lather, first on one side then the other. Apply sufficient
presure to effect cleaning; remember vinyl is pretty durable but also
remember that it does break due to excessive force, so clean with your
hand and mind. Rinse the bugger good and proper, shake excessive water
off and place it tilt against a wall and let nature do its part. I know
people may say that after a wash why let dust be attracted onto a wet
surface? If you are able to find a cloth that does not shed any lint,
by all means use it to 'pat' dry the visible wet areas. But do leave
it out of its packaging to completely dry off the surface. Otherwise
mould will attack.
** I do spin 'em on a sturdy but smooth and round Ball P'pen when I
am impatient to hear the record but usually I just bounce the H2O off
on some newspapers laid flat on the floor (the newspaper is laid flat
and not the LP) and then just lean the LP against the wall, on a tilt,
on the newspaper. The rest is taken cared by nature and time. Results
are pretty good, so far.
Remember this, you only need to go through with this procedure per LP
every once in a long while, e.g. if you play the very LP everyday then
u may need to clean it once a month, otherwise once every 30-40 plays.
I leave this to the playback system to tell me if they require a bath.
Get new inner sleeves if you buy used records.