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    heya folks. just "found" about 100 lps. it looks like quite a few got wet, and some of those, very wet. as youve guessed, the jackets are fairly destroyed, and a few of the lps have residue, etc. some of them are going to be beyond saving, but i think i have a fair chance with the others.

    question 1:
    what is the best way? i was using lukewarm water with dishsoap in it to clean (with the pads of my fingers) the grooves, then rinsing thoroughly under the faucet.

    question 2:
    since the jackets are destroyed, where is a good place to buy sleeves? preferably the kind that have mylar or plastic inside of a card-stock sort of shell. paper sleeves are another option. any ideas? i will need bulk (at least 50).

    hey, they were free, and worth the effort.

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    no dishsoap. Either buy premade solution or read this thread:

    http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/sho...ning+solutions

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    Toss 'em. Once mold is in the grooves you are pretty well screwed.

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    Yea, get rid of them.

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    well, i appreciate the enthusiasm, but i feel i have nothing to lose here. i can enjoy even moderately noisy records in the 'shed. it is a 100% gay-rage set-up, and the cartridge is a cheap AT with most of its life left, and i feel it is pretty expendable.

    there are definitely ones that are gone. most of them do NOT seem molded, but i have only given the cursory look.

    it is a crying damn shame, too. the ones i have tried to clean look like they were in great shape before "the flood".

    so, dont worry about #1--- i am going to do it anyway.

    but are there any suggestions for #2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaggedLancer View Post
    no dishsoap. Either buy premade solution or read this thread:

    http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/sho...ning+solutions
    thanks, i will check it out. are these solutions recommended for deep cleaning? a cursory cleaning just aint gonna cut it on a lot of these. i am willing to sacrifice the labels to get the vinyl clean enough to enjoy. there are some great titles that i do not otherwise own.

    reeSPECK yo' vinyl, yo. i much lament that we have become such a throw-away society.

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    Dilute, warm soapy water is OK for cleaning; rinse really thoroughly with good quality water (see below).
    There are good quality commercial cleaners available from all the big names (e.g., Acoustic Sounds, etc.); also good brushes for wet cleaning (e.g., Disc Doctor or MoFi brushes). There are enzyme-containing cleaners, too, but I cannot vouch for them. Dedicate a brush for cleaning really grungy records.

    Some info on cleaning solutions:
    http://discdoc.com/
    http://store.acousticsounds.com/sear...20&category=86
    http://www.savemyrecords.com/material/
    http://www.walkeraudio.com/prelude_record_cleaner.htm


    The classic cleaning fluid is nothing more good quality distilled, deionized, or RODI (reverse-osmosis/deionized) water, a bit of good-quality ethanol (not denatured), and a drop of a nonionic surfactant such as Triton (tm) X-100.
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    The steam cleaner could be of help. You really need a vacuum cleaner.
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    http://sleevetown.com/

    ....for sleeves

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    You can get some tips here. Joe swears on the Zyme thing for getting rid of mold.

    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?t=47245
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonesy View Post
    http://sleevetown.com/

    ....for sleeves
    hey jonesy, i did find there, and currently have the paper/poly liners and cardboard sleeves with center holes in my cart; thanks!

    i am a cheap bahstud, and was trying to find the parts express of the sleeve world, lol.

    ricardo, thanks for pointing there. i had remembered that from when it was more current. but couldnt find it again.

    BTW, hearing impaired got banned? i know some weird stuff got put up, but i also know he was having some health probs. he was more help than he was hurt to this place.

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    BTW, i managed to clean about 5 of them so far to a playable condition, and worked on that many more that need more attention. not perfect, but better than nothing. going to hold off cleaning the rest until the sleeves come so i will have somewhere to put them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyD View Post
    Toss 'em. Once mold is in the grooves you are pretty well screwed.

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    Out of curiosity, but if something like this is a problem would a mild solution of clorox and water help followed up with a good clean and vac? Just a thought.

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    I remember reading a sterophileriffic article about this, there was a solution that worked well with getting actual mold from mildew off the record, its likely archived in there website, or I am sure when/if Joe comes back he will know as he had the same problem with a large portion of his collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyD View Post
    Toss 'em. Once mold is in the grooves you are pretty well screwed.

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    Not necessarily true. Joe (hearingimpared) was able to salvage most of his vinyl collection that had serious mold.

    Read here what he was able to do.

    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...3&postcount=39
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    Agreed but in most cases, you are better of ditching them and starting over unless you have the time/tools to do this....unless the LP's are super rare or what not, it's probably not worth the hassle. Easier and cheaper just to hit ebay/thrifts/whatever and reconstitute the collection.

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