How to Best Clean Your Records
DO NOT TALK to your records. They are neither listening, not do they need a talking to. You need to listen to them. The reason is this: when you talk, you spit. Yes, even you. Fine drops. You cannot see them because the record is textured with grooves. When the stylus hits the dried spit, this GLUE then sticks to all the dirt and dust in the grooves. It only takes a few revolutions for this to happen, and as the debris builds up on the stylus, you will have a problem worse than distortion... the stylus may not even track the record.
What do I suggest? A record cleaner – It’s a MUST HAVE item for any record enthusiast. How much do you invest in one? As much as you are able – the return will be many times its cost.
Cleaning your records well is the BEST investment you can make in protecting the great sound of your analog system.