- Does Spin-Clean® really work?
- How does Spin-Clean® work?
- Why is Spin-Clean® bright yellow?
- How many records will the 4 oz., 8 oz., 16 oz., and 32 oz. bottles of Spin-Clean® Record Washer Fluid clean?
- What is the difference between the Standard Unit and the Package System?
- How long will the brushes last?
- How long will the rollers last?
- What is the warranty on the Spin-Clean® Record Washer MKII?
- Why is distilled water recommended?
- Can I wash and reuse the included drying cloths?
- How dry do my records have to be before I play them?
- Is it safe to leave the brushes in the basin filled with water and fluid for an extended period of time?
- Will the Spin-Clean® cleaning process damage the record label?
- Is it okay to run a really dirty record through the Spin-Clean® unit multiple times?
- I’m hearing surface noise after running a record through Spin-Clean. What am I doing wrong?
- Will Spin-Clean® remove the scratches from my records?
- How much water does the Spin-Clean basin hold?
- Is Spin-Clean® safe to use on my shellac 78 rpm records?
- Where can I find a Material Saftety Data Sheet on Spin-Clean's Record Washer Fluid?
Does Spin-Clean® really work?
Yes! Spin-Clean® has been on the market for 40 years, used worldwide, and lauded by record collectors, libraries, radio stations, the Library of Congress, and audiophiles everywhere. The Spin-Clean® Record Washer MKII has been named The Absolute Sound 2011-2013 Editors' Choice, the 2011 Product of the Year Award Winner, the 2010 Stereophile Accessory Runner-Up Award Winner, and a Stereophile Recommended Component! Using Spin-Clean® as directed, you should see results whereby output sensitivity is substantially increased, channel separation is improved, and amplified record noise is reduced.
The Spin-Clean® Record Washer Mark II's real effectiveness comes from its ability to impeccably clean both sides of any record simultaneously without using your turntable as part of the process. The “heavy lifting” is accomplished through Spin-Clean® Record Washer MKII's unique washer fluid. This special formula encapsulates the dirt that comes off the record from deep within the record grooves and sinks it to the bottom of the washer basin, so it is not re-deposited back on to your valuable LPs and 45s.
We chose bright yellow for the color of the Spin-Clean® so you can see the dirt collecting at the bottom of the unit. With the Limited-Edition “clear” unit, you can further witness this amazing cleaning process.
How many records will the 4 oz., 8 oz., 16 oz., and 32 oz. bottles of Spin-Clean® Record Washer Fluid clean?
Using Spin-Clean® as directed, you can expect to clean up to 700 records with the 4 oz. bottle, up to 1400 with the 8 oz. bottle, up to 2800 with the 16 oz. bottle, and up to 5600 records with the 32 oz. bottle. Remember to use only one (1) capful of fluid with the 8 oz., 16 oz., and 32 oz. bottles of Record Washer Fluid. When using the 4 oz. bottle, you should use three (3) capfuls of fluid.
The Spin-Clean® Record Washer MKII Standard Unit comes with everything you need to clean up to 700 records: one pair of brushes, one pair of rollers, two washable, reusable drying cloths, and one 4 oz. bottle of washer fluid. With the Package System, however, you get all of the above, plus an extra pair of brushes, five extra drying cloths, and an extra 32 oz. bottle of washer fluid, enough materials and fluid to clean up to nine times more records than with the Standard Unit at under twice the price -- our best value!
How long will the brushes last?
With typical usage, you can expect your pair of Spin-Clean® brushes to last two to three years or around 4000+ record cleanings.
With regular usage, you can expect the rollers to last the lifetime of your unit.
Spin-Clean® comes with a Limited lifetime warranty for direct replacement, on all parts with the exception of fluid, drying cloths, brushes, and rollers.
While you can use tap water in cases where distilled water may not be available to you, tap water often contains minerals or other impurities that may be deposited in the grooves of your record, undermining the cleaning effectiveness of the brushes and fluid. In addition, these tap water impurities may become deposited on the brushes, further hampering the effectiveness of future cleanings.
Absolutely yes. In fact, we recommend that in order to unlock the full potential of the drying cloths, you pre-wash them. Remember when washing the drying cloths, if you're washing with other clothes, wash ONLY with whites, detergent, and bleach -- and refrain from using fabric softener or cling-free dyer sheets, as these materials can ultimately introduce unwanted contaminates to your records.
Simply put, 100% dry. Leaving residual water in the record grooves, while not harmful to your vinyl records, will result in audible surface noise. Remember, if the drying cloths you’re using are wet or damp, your records will take longer to dry. Some users find it helpful to first air-dry their records in a dish rack. Others like to use microfiber towels in place of – or in addition to – the Spin-Clean® drying cloths. Depending on the brand of microfiber towel, it can potentially hold up to eight times its weight in water and can be very effective in drying records. Please bear in mind, however, that microfiber towels, because of their unique properties, also have the ability to pick up grit or other abrasive particles. So just make certain any microfiber towels you might use are also pre-washed prior to and after Spin-Clean® washes.
Is it safe to leave the brushes in the basin filled with water and fluid for an extended period of time?
While this is okay for a relatively short period of time (overnight, for example), we recommend that, in order to get the maximum life out of your brushes, you refrain from routinely leaving them submerged in the basin for extra long periods of time. Over-saturation of water and fluid may cause premature wearing of the brushes’ foam pads.
No. Spin-Clean’s patented record washer fluid is a non-alcoholic, encapsulating solution that will not damage the label and wipes off easily, should any water/fluid make contact with your record’s label.
Yes, if you feel that a record requires more than one cleaning, there is no harm in giving a record more than one “bath.”
From our experiences, resultant surface noise after using Spin-Clean could be due to any number of the following reasons:
- The use of certain microfiber cloths. Through recent extensive lab testing, Spin-Clean has determined that the use of other drying cloths, especially that of many different microfiber towels currently on the market, often results in the collection and re-depositing of lint and other unwanted particles and materials, including static, onto your records. In addition, depending upon the towel, the grade of microfiber, and your drying efforts, the friction applied when drying with microfiber towels can be abrasive to your vinyl. Therefore, Spin-Clean only recommends the use of our Spin-Clean Drying Cloths for the best results and the safest drying process.
- Not using distilled water. Please make sure that you're using distilled water, as tap water or spring water may leave mineral deposits or other impurities behind in the record grooves.
- Not thoroughly drying the records. You always want to make certain that the records are completely dry prior to playing, as remaining moisture in the record grooves can cause unwanted noise.
- The use of too much Spin-Clean Record Washer Fluid. By using only the recommended amount of fluid (3 capfuls from the 4 oz., bottle, and 1 capful from the 8 oz., 16 oz., and 32 oz. bottles), you will ensure that, after drying, any water and fluid will have been easily wiped away.
- The brushes have become contaminated (perhaps from a previous cleaning session whereby a substance on a dirty record collected onto the brushes). Under warm water and with a soft toothbrush, gently but thoroughly scrub the brushes, so as to give them a new cleansing. You may also want to periodically "wring out" the brushes by squeezing them together, pad to pad, while under luke-warm running filtered water.
- Your Spin-clean drying cloths are introducing lint, static, or other particles to the drying process. To prevent this from happening, always make sure to pre-wash your Spin-Clean drying cloths, do not add any dyer sheets or other agents during the drying cycle, be certain that your cloths remain lint-free at all times (both out of the dryer and while being stored), and replace the cloths once they show noticeable signs of wear.
- Your stylus is damaged or needs replacing. Be certain that your turntable is employing a stylus that is in good working order. A damaged or worn stylus can result in not only unwanted record noise, but also permanent and irreversible damage to your vinyl collection.
- Your Spin-Clean basin water needs to be changed. Spin-Clean Record Washer Fluid contains a special encapsulating formula that causes the dirt from your record to sink to the bottom of the Spin-Clean basin and away from your record grooves. This allows you to clean up to about 50 records in a single cleaning session. Occasionally however -- and depending upon how dirty your records are and how many records you're cleaning in a single session, you may want to discard the basin's dirty water sooner than this guideline, so as to replenish your Spin-Clean bath with a fresher combination of water and Spin-Clean Record Washer Fluid. Bottom line, if your bath water looks extremely dirty, it's probably time to change it.
- You're cleaning an audiophile piece of vinyl. While Spin-Clean is a marvelous tool for cleaning ALL records…from shellac 78s to 200 gram audiophile LPs, please be aware that a new audiophile record's amazing sound reproduction might not be as forgiving with unwanted elements that you may have inadvertently introduced to the cleaning process, such as excess water / fluid, unclean brushes, or particles introduced during the drying process (as with microfiber towels), as mentioned above. While Spin-Clean remains perfectly safe and effective for cleaning all of your audiophile records, extra care and concern should be practiced at all times to keep the environment - and your Spin-Clean process - clean, dry, and static-free.
No. While your Spin-Clean® Record Washer unit can help in the removal of clicks, pops, and surface noise brought on by dust, dirt, fingerprints, etc., it cannot remove scratches or other physical imperfections inherent on the vinyl. A good analogy might be driving a scratched and dirty car into the car wash. While the car wash will remove the dirt and debris, it cannot remove scratches or dings from the car’s body.
When filling up the basin to the indicator line on the inner side-wall of the basin, you will use 24 oz. of water.
Unlike other record cleaning solutions, Spin-Clean's Record Washer Fluid NEVER contains alcohol or any harmful agents. Therefore, cleaning your shellac 78s through a Spin-Clean system is perfectly safe.
Spin-Clean's Record Washer Fluid's Material Safety Data Sheet can be viewed here.