Vinyl records can withstand a lot of wear and tear. However, they also have a reputation for attracting grime and dust. If you recently dug up a rare gem from a flea market or just need to clean up a favorite record, there are steps you have to follow.

Keeping vinyl records clean is essential to avoid unwanted noise caused by scratches, static, dust, and fingerprints. It is hard to enjoy your favorite song if too many pops and cracks make it inaudible! Follow these steps on how to clean vinyl records, and you will keep your record collection in tip-top shape.


  1. Clean static and dust with a vinyl record brush
  2. Inspect for blemishes or visible marks/scratches
  3. Spray cleaning solution on any problem areas
  4. Wipe clean only using circular movements
  5. Rinse and dry
  6. Store properly to avoid future issues

The process seems straightforward, right? Well, time to dive into more detail!

Clean Static and Dust with a Vinyl Record Brush

Think of this step like sweeping and mopping. You have to sweep the floor before using the mop – the same principle applies here. A designated vinyl brush is easily found at any record store. It should be used with gentle, long strokes to remove dust without harming the record.

Inspect for Blemishes or Visible Marks/Scratches

With the help of soft, bright light, check for smudges, fingerprints, or discolorations. These problem areas will need a little bit of TLC. If you are cleaning used vinyl, the entire record might need a cleaning.

Spray Cleaning Solution on Problem Areas

Whether you found one smudge or need to clean the whole record, a cleaning solution can do the job. Avoid touching the label with the liquid since it can affect the epoxy.

There are several cleaning solutions designed specifically for vinyl cleaning. Some people report diluted dish soap also will get the job done.

Wipe Clean Only Using Circular Movements

With the cleaning surface in play, take a clean cotton or micro-fiber cloth and wipe in light, circular movements. This rubs away the blemishes without damaging the record. Again, avoid the label to prevent damage.

Rinse and Dry

This part has to be done with extreme care. Take a controlled spray bottle or a light stream of water from the sink to wash away any leftover solution. Dry completely with a new cloth and get ready to store it. Only touch the record at the edges or on the label, or you risk leaving new smudges and fingerprints.

Store Properly to Avoid Future Issues

You should always store your records in sleeves and handle them with care. You want to keep your records in a dry, clean space to avoid infiltration of dust and other debris. Ideally, there will be minimal exposure to extreme heat or direct/intense light. Vinyl records also do not thrive well with high humidity or under pressure.

Need help getting started? Many stores sell cleaning starter kits offering everything you need, from brush to microfiber cloth.

Sell Your Vinyl Records!

Want to sell your Jazz, Blues Soul or Classic Rock album collection to vinyl record buyers? Are you looking to find the value of a Blue Note LP? We buy old LP records.

Looking for someone near me who buys old records, vinyl LPs, 45s, 78s and 12 inch singles?

If you're in Akron, Dayton, Springfield, Columbus, Youngstown, Cleveland, Charlotte, North Carolina, South Carolina, surrounding areas in Ohio, or Jacksonville, Florida give us a call if you're looking to sell old vinyl records for CASH to a top record buyer.

Find out if your old records are worth money?

Let's get started! First call Paul at Cash For Records. He'll guide you through the process of how to sell your vinyl records, and set up an appointment with you. We will travel throughout Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Jacksonville, Florida and adjoining states. We love to meet vinyl record collectors in Cleveland, Erie, Pittsburgh, Youngstown, Toledo, Columbus, Cincinnati and everywhere in between. We are also now located in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Are you looking to sell old jazz record, blues r&b classic rock or find the value of a Blue Note LP from our vinyl record buyers? Our Cleveland, OH, North Carolina, South Carolina and Jacksonville vinyl record buyers specialize in Rock & Roll, Blues, Soul and Jazz like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. We also love Punk, Metal and Alternative genres like Nirvana, Metallica, Alice in Chains and Smashing Pumpkins. Don't see your collection on the list? No worries. Give Paul at Cash for Records a call. We're glad to help people located in Columbus, Akron, Youngstown, North Carolina, South Carolina and the surrounding areas sell their record collection to vinyl record buyers.

Cash for Records is the #1 Buyer of Vinyl Records in Cleveland Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida. So if you're looking to sell old vinyl records, you've come to the right place. Unlike some vinyl album buyers who take their time getting to the person who wants to sell their vinyl collection, we'll respond as quick as we can. We'll make a cash offer on site after reviewing your record collection. No vinyl record collection is too large to sell, or for Cash for Records to buy! Of course, vinyl records in good condition and in their original album sleeves are going to have a higher resell value. But, don't be shy. Call Paul at Cash for Records to discuss. Unfortunately, at this time we are NOT interested in buying Country, Big Band, Swing or popular vinyl records. We appreciate your understanding if you were looking to sell vinyl records of those genres.

Cash for Records in Cleveland, Ohio, also serving Akron, Columbus, and Youngstown. We also buy records in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jacksonville,Florida and southern Georgia. We understand your old record collection could hold memories for you, or be part of an inheritance from a relative who left you a nice record collection. We are the best company to sell vinyl records too. You may have a 45RPM or LP (long-playing) album collection from a radio station. Sorry, but our vinyl record buyers generally don't purchase exercise, motivational, comedy or political albums.

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