DIY Record Cleaning
By Frank Gales
This is the description of a record cleaning machine I built. It uses an
industrial wet vacuum cleaner with 1000W to suck the cleaning fluid from the record. The
fluid is applied by swinging a tube over the record and pumping with a manual pump. The
platter is rotated manually and a normal paint brush can be used to get the dirt out of
the grooves. I use a professional brush from a Moth record cleaning machine. After that
the sucking tube is swinged onto the record (please don't forget to glue the velvet onto
the tube, or the first record you cleaned is cleaned to death) and the vacuum cleaner is
switched on. One or two spins should be enough to suck all the fluid with the dirt away.
Above is a top view of the record cleaning machine. The plinth is a box
which is about 10cm high. I used MDF because it is good if the whole thing is rather
heavy, so that the machine does not move while vacuuming. The vacuum is rather high as the
air slit is very small compared to a cleaning tube of a vacuum cleaner.
View From Underside the Cleaning Tube
If you build such a machine please send me some feedback. If you have
problems with the description, feel free to ask me.
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