Ultrasonic record cleaning is a specialized method of cleaning vinyl records that uses high-frequency sound waves to dislodge dirt, grime, and other contaminants from the grooves of the record.
(The process still uses a fluid or cleaning solution - our larger volume Clear Groove Fluid is compatible with this process for super charged cleaning power!!)
Here's how it works:
The record is placed in a tank filled with a cleaning solution and immersed in the liquid.
An ultrasonic transducer generates high-frequency sound waves that agitate the cleaning solution and create microscopic bubbles.
The bubbles work their way into the grooves of the record and dislodge dirt, grime, and other contaminants, which rise to the surface and are removed from the record.
After the ultrasonic cleaning process is complete, the record is rinsed and dried using specialized equipment.
Some of the models currently on the market - the price getting more reasonable - from around £200 currently.
The main benefit of ultrasonic record cleaning is that it can reach deep into the grooves of the record, removing contaminants that traditional cleaning methods such as brushes or cloths may struggle with. This results in improved sound quality and longer-lasting records.
However, ultrasonic record cleaning is generally more expensive and time-consuming than traditional cleaning methods, and requires specialized equipment. It's typically recommended for rare or valuable records, or for those with heavy contamination. While ultrasonic cleaning is effective, it's still important to handle records carefully and store them properly to prevent damage and maintain their quality over time.
Ultrasonic record cleaning machines are not yet a mainstream consumer product but the price of these machines has come down. Ultrasonic record cleaning machines are often marketed as high-end, premium products for serious collectors or professionals.
There are companies who offering a cleaning service for you too, so that is a option!
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