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Hello Owen,

I've bought a nice box for 3.5€ : Fidelio from Beethoven, Otto Klemperer conducted. The records are quite fine but need a cleaning.

If I use 5 to 10 ml polysorbate in 5 l distilled water, should I rinse the records after cleaning ?

And if yes, how many records can I rinse in 5 l distilled water ?

Thanks a lot for your answer !

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Hello @georgesgiralt - apologies, I have been out of town for a few days.

 

I have not been rinsing my records after cleaning.

However, I have been using my old record cleaner vacuum for vacuum-drying the records - instead of air-drying.

 

i) Detergent residue on the records is no problem IMO - for example, a well-known stylus treatment fluid is detergent-based, I believe.

Also, the cleaned records seem to 'track' better, I feel - could this be due to detergent residue?

 

ii) Dirt residue however, should be removed - this was why I have been vacuum-drying. However, you could also rinse the cleaned records, (but rinsing is probably not totally effective as the grooves may not be completely rinsed).

 

So, I now have added a filtration system (similar to @maxpina's posts (previous pages). 

Followed by vacuum cleaning.

This is my current approach.

 

Cheers, Owen

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Thank you for your answer, Owen !

Actually, I rinse using the US cleaner and "distilled"  water.

When I used too much polysorbate, I rinsed a couple of time using tap water, still in the US cleaner, then a final bath in distilled water.

I vacuum dry the records, too (I have made a suction device with a plastic tubing and 3 layers of micro fiber cloth) and use a shop vacuum device in order for my wife not to complain ...

I remember her face when I emptied the dish washing machine which had cleaned all the plastic parts of a second hand laser printer I had for cheap because it was sooo dirty.... So I'm very careful when using house devices .... Or conceal myself during use 😉

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Just an update on the filtration add on to my ultrasonic cleaner. I had previously used a small aquarium filter, which worked, though it did have the problem of non standard connections, which required a fair bit fudging to get right, though when it was working it worked well. Over time, I found that the plastic making up the connections started to crack.

 

I have now gone done the route of getting an eBay 12v pump as others have, using an old 12v power supply for a hard drive. All good so far. 

 

 

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