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Re: [ARSCLIST] Cleaning of grooved discs
I'm sorry to hear about the problems you're having with the pads of
our record cleaning brush. We've don't usually hear from more than
5-10 customers a year who have difficulty with the original pads.
Their problems, with rare exception, are the result of either applying
to much force while scrubbing or when removing fluids from the pad or
keeping the pad to wet with our Cleaner when the brush is not actually
Fabric failure or improper assembly are quite rare due to quality
controls but they can occur.
We designed the brush handle & replaceable cleaning pad to be a safe,
efficient & effective aggitator for our specifically formulated
cleaning fluid. The use of the word "scrub" in our instructions was a
reference to the "back & forth" motion we recommend when appying the
brush & was not meant to imply force.
You want to apply only sufficent gentle downward pressure to keep the
brush in intimate contact with the surface of the disc without it
skipping or turning out of your hand. Your hand should not hurt after
you've washed & rinsed 12-15 LPs.
Using the brush as suggested , a sufficient number of fibers from the
cleaning pad occupy the upper half of the groove to well mix the fluid
in the groove. It is the effectiveness of the fluid & the turbulance
of the washing of the groove walls that generate superior cleaning.
Excess presuure crushes the fibers deeper into the groove, leaves less
room for fluid & results in poor washing. In extremes, the pads can
be destroyed by excessive pressure grinding the fiber against the
When necessary, our primary suggestion for extreme cleaning needs, is
to repeat the application with a fresh charge of Cleaner, at the
reommended strength, prior to rinsing. But few pieces in most
collections require this extra effort.
There is only one supplier worldwide for the fabric we use in the
quality required for this application from . Even so we reject
5-20%. Please remember that we do not recommend using our wet
cleaning brush pads dry.
Replacement pads are available; please contact us when time permits.
On Jan 22, 2009, at 2:27 PM, Marcos Sueiro Bal wrote:
I know a few institutions use Disc Doctor's miracle record cleaner. It
has the advantage of being safe for vinyl, shellac and lacquer discs.
However, I am not crazy about the brushes they sell --you have to be
careful, or they may shed fibers when used vigorously.
The standard cleaning machine is of course the Keith Monks machine.
Although expensive, everyone seems to agree that it pays for itself
for very large jobs.
On 1/22/09, Margarida Ullate Estanyol <mullate@xxxxxxx> wrote:
The Biblioteca de Catalunya in Barcelona (Spain) has been using Nitty
Gritty cleaning fluids Pure1 (78 rpm) and Pure2 (vinyls) and machines
for many years, with pretty good results. In addition to our
our Preservation team is trying to gather all recommendations
the process of cleaning, and we'd very much appreciate yours.
We are not quite satisfied with Nitty Gritty services in Spain, so we
stopped buying them. Our cleaning machine is now Clearaudio SMART
MATRIX, but we still used Nitty Gritty fluids, applied manually on
We gathered many information from specialised bibliography. Nitty
in the USA kindky sent to us the components of both fluids Pure 1
But we would like to ask ARSC members about their experience in
old 78's, acetates, lacquer discs and vinyls.
In orther not to bother the list with this, you could send the
to the e-mail stated below.
Many thanks in advance,
Margarida Ullate i Estanyol
Biblioteca de Catalunya
+34 93270 2300 (2166)
Marcos Sueiro Bal
H D Goldman Lagniappe Chemicals Ltd.
PO Box 37066 St. Louis, MO 63141 USA
v/f 314 205 1388 thedoctor@xxxxxxxxxxx