A Spin Clean Record Washer Review By Brandon

This is a Spin Clean Record Washer review that was posted on the blog:

Vinyl roundup

by brandon on January 15, 2011

a box of goodies - over 90 of them

“Through birthday-ing, hunting, inheriting, Christmas gift card-ing, and borrowing, I’ve amassed a pretty big stash of records in the brief few months since I went analog and got all the components together for my home stereo.  The bulk of these records, obviously, had been in storage or otherwise unused for the better part of two decades at least.  As a result, many of them were in need of a thorough cleaning.  That’s where another Christmas present comes in:

this thing works magic with dirty records (click it!)

It took the better part of six hours spread over three days to do it, but I finally got the entire box washed, cased, and shelved neatly.  I set up a sort of assembly line – box of records on my right, coffee table with record washer in the middle, and empty box on my left.  The Spin-Clean itself is super-easy to use and really sucks the dirt off those records – I had to empty the basin halfway through cleaning because there was so much dirt in the bottom of it – and I had a bag of polypropylene record sleeves handy to case those records up once I’d dried them thoroughly.

i'll give you a dollar if you can tell me the name of the second album from the right

Finally, I found a couple of open shelves in my TV cabinet and put records I’ve purchased and have on loan (dominated by albums from the 90s) on the top shelf arranged chronologically by release date, and ones that my dad gave me (dominated by albums from the 70s) on the bottom shelf arranged alphabetically by artist.

the box for the spin-clean did a nice job of filling the extra space

I took a photo of each record after I’d cleaned it so I could catalog it and figure out exactly what all I had on hand.  There’s a little bit of everything – from Dan Fogelberg, Kansas and Weather Report to Sunny Day Real Estate, Don Caballero and Converge.  I hope to listen though all of them at some point, though given how little time I spend in my apartment during the semester, it might be a while.  It’s just nice to have them all clean, organized and accessible.  I even watched a few new movies while cleaning vinyl, but that’s the subject of another post.”

Thinking About Getting A Spin Clean Record Washer?

Do you have a vinyl record collection?  A Spin Clean Record Washer can take care of all your cleaning needs for your vinyl records.  It’s secret weapon is its special washer fluid.  This special formula encapsulates the dirt that comes off the record and sinks it to the bottom of the washer basin so it is not re-deposited back on to your valuable records. Watch the Spin Clean Record Washer video in action!

The Sound From A Vinyl Record

The Sound of Music we get from a vinyl record is utterly amazing.  To think that one can get hours of enjoyment from a small round vinyl disk.  It’s made me wonder just how it all works.  So I looked into it more.

The first record made and played was on November 20, 1877, by Thomas Edison.  Knowing how sound works, and a thorough understanding of science, he was able to accomplish recording sounds and playing it back .

How The Sound Comes Out of A Vinyl Record

We play vinyl records without giving it much thought.  But it really is astonishing how the sound gets to our ears.  We put a record on the record player, place the needle on it and tada, you hear your song.  How it really works is that needle attaches to a cartridge which is an amplifier going into your stereo system.  What happens is the groves in the record vibrate the needle.  The vibration in the needle causes electrical changes that represents sound waves which are later converted into analog and going through your amplifier into speakers coming out of speakers which vibrate according to what electrical impulses are sent from the needle off of the record.  It’s all electrical impulses. We have reffered to records as 33’s or 45’s, but do we know why they are called that?  That is the rotational speed at which the record is played back.  When the grooves spin faster you can put more information on them.  It has been thought vinyl records sound better than a cd.

How We Hear Sound From A Vinyl Record

The human eardrum is a stretched membrane, like the skin of a drum.  When the sound waves hit your eardrum, it vibrates and the brain interprets these vibrations as sound.  After the vibrations hit your eardrum, a chain reaction is set off.  Your eardrum, sends the vibrations to the three smallest bones in your body.  These three bones work together to send your brain these messages through the auditory nerve.  Your brain translates all that and tells you what you are hearing, the music.

One thing you will need to keep hearing all that great music is a record washer.  A clean record will not only sound better, but it will last longer as well.  Permanent damage to the vinyl can be caused by repeatedly playing a soiled record.  Spin Clean Record Washer does a fantastic job cleaning vinyl records.  Watch the video to see the record washer in action.

Best Way To Clean Vinyl Records

How to use the Spin Clean Record Washer System MKII
You can also watch the video demo to see it in action!!
1. Remove lid from the SPIN-CLEAN® RECORD WASHER SYSTEM.

2. Remove the supplied drying cloths, rollers, and cleaning solution.

3. PRE-WASH the drying cloths in your washing machine prior to using them. Pre-washing the cloths will make them fluffy and more absorbent for drying your records.

If washing other clothes with the drying cloths, wash ONLY with whites, detergent, and bleach
DO NOT USE ANY fabric softener or dryer sheets
Cloths are REUSABLE – re-wash as necessary

4. Remove the rollers from the supplied package. Insert the rollers into one of the three roller positions. See below:

ROLLER POSITION: Outside – RECORD TYPE: 33 rpm (LP) – DISTANCE: 12″
ROLLER POSITION: Center – RECORD TYPE: 78 rpm – DISTANCE: 10″
ROLLER POSITION: Inside – RECORD TYPE: 45 rpm – DISTANCE: 7″

5. Fill the SPIN-CLEAN® RECORD WASHER MKII with distilled water to the indicator line on the inner side-wall of the basin. You can use tap water if distilled water is not available.

6. Pour Washer Fluid MKII directly over the top of the inserted brushes in the wash basin – using the amounts listed in the following:

WASHER FLUID MKII – 4 oz. CAPFULS – 3
WASHER FLUID MKII – 8 oz. – CAPFULS – 1
WASHER FLUID MKII – 16 oz. – CAPFULS – 1
WASHER FLUID MKII – 32 oz. – CAPFULS – 1

The Washer Fluid MKII encapsulates the dirt and forces it to the bottom of the basin, preventing it from being re-deposited onto the record. The bright yellow color of the SPIN-CLEAN® Record Washer MKII allows you to easily see the dirt collecting at the bottom when you are done cleaning.
Each time you prepare the unit for a cleaning session, the bath will clean 20-50 records. The actual number of records will vary depending on how dirty your records are.

7. Insert your record into the SPIN-CLEAN® Record Washer System MKII.

8. Rotate the record CLOCKWISE three times and then COUNTER CLOCKWISE three times.

9. Carefully remove and wipe the record with the pre-washed reusable drying towel in a CLOCKWISE CIRCULAR MOTION.

10. Once dry, your record is ready to be played or returned to its sleeve.
WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED CLEANING YOUR RECORDS,

11. Remove the brushes from the basin, rinsing THOROUGHLY with warm water, press out any excess liquid, and let them AIR DRY on top of the unit. We DO NOT RECOMMEND leaving brushes in the unit filled with solution unless you are washing records.
We recommend a “cleaning session” where you set aside a period of time and clean as many records from a single basin filling. If you choose to fill the unit and only clean a few records, you can save the solution in the basin with the lid on for up to ONE WEEK – but you MUST remove the brushes, rinse thoroughly with warm water, press out any excess liquid, and permit them to AIR DRY – only returning the brushes to the basin in the solution when you are ready to clean records again.

12. If you are NOT saving the washer fluid solution to use again, remove the brushes, thoroughly rinse with warm water and press out excess liquid and let the brushes to AIR DRY on top of the unit.

13. Discard solution and thoroughly rinse basin and rollers with warm water.

14. Once all components are dry, place clean rollers and brushes back into the unit which is now ready for your next cleaning session.

To learn about cleaning your vinyl records, visit Spin Clean Record Washer.

Add Years To Your Vinyl Record Collection!

Anyone who has used the conventional brush type record cleaner knows how awkward they are to use and that they have limited ability. The Spin-Clean® record washing system enables you to clean both sides of your record at once without using your valuable turntable as the cleaning device. With the Spin-Clean® record washing system, you’ll add years to all of your equipment including turntables, stylus (needle) and of course your vinyl record collection. Here’s how we do it:

Our Secret Advantage

Spin-Clean Record Washer MKII’s secret weapon is its special washer fluid. This special formula encapsulates the dirt that comes off the record and sinks it to the bottom of the washer basin so it is not re-deposited back on to your valuable records. Why is Spin-Clean Bright Yellow? We chose bright yellow for the color of the Spin-Clean so you can see the dirt collecting at the bottom of the unit.

The Hand Held Brush or The Spin-Clean® Record Washing System

At the instant of contact how can you tell that you’re pushing hard enough or if you have enough liquid on your brush, is it removing smudges and fingerprints? With Spin-Clean® record washing system, it’s easy as one, two, three, fill it – spin it – dry it. You never have to adjust the brushes (they’re pre-set at the right pressure). After three turns in the Spin-Clean® record washing system, the dirt and the fingerprints are gone on both sides of the record along with the static. You not only see the Spin-Clean® record washing system work, you can hear the difference in sound.

World’s leading and most dependable record cleaner since 1975. Every Spin-Clean® Record Washing System is manufactured and hand assembled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. View our video demo to see it in action!  For a limited time recieve FREE SHIPPING on anything you order!

How To Clean Your Vinyl Records

Anyone who has used the conventional brush type record cleaner knows how awkward they are to use and that they have limited ability. The Spin-Clean® record washing system enables you to clean both sides of your record at once without using your valuable turntable as the cleaning device. With the Spin-Clean® record washing system, you’ll add years to all of your equipment including turntables, stylus (needle) and of course your record collection. Here’s how we do it:

Our Secret Advantage

Spin-Clean Record Washer MKII’s secret weapon is its special washer fluid. This special formula encapsulates the dirt that comes off the record and sinks it to the bottom of the washer basin so it is not re-deposited back on to your valuable records. Why is Spin-Clean Bright Yellow? We chose bright yellow for the color of the Spin-Clean so you can see the dirt collecting at the bottom of the unit.

The Hand Held Brush or The Spin-Clean® Record Washing System

At the instant of contact how can you tell that you’re pushing hard enough or if you have enough liquid on your brush, is it removing smudges and fingerprints? With Spin-Clean® record washing system, it’s easy as one, two, three, fill it – spin it – dry it. You never have to adjust the brushes (they’re pre-set at the right pressure). After three turns in the Spin-Clean® record washing system, the dirt and the fingerprints are gone on both sides of the record along with the static. You not only see the Spin-Clean® record washing system work, you can hear the difference in sound.

The Right Stuff

Spin Clean Record Washer MkII looks and feels right. It’s inconspicuous in size, ( six inches wide by fifteen inches long and six inches high), no power requirements making it the “Greenest” Record Cleaner in the industry, and best of all no installation make it a flexible and attractive Package. Each Spin-Clean MKII comes with a 4 oz. bottle of the MKII washer fluid which is enough fluid to clean up to 700 records, two washable and re-useable MKII drying cloths, One pair of MKII Brushes, One pair of MKII Rollers and a MKII owners manual.

Made in Pittsburgh

Proudly Manufactured and Hand Assembled in Pittsburgh, PA Since 1975. We feel that in today’s marketplace it is very unusual to find a product in this price point that is not made in China. We are very proud to be “Made in the USA.” The Spin-Clean Record Washer MKII has been Manufactured and Hand Assembled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania since 1975. If you have any questions about your Spin-Clean you can email your question to the Spin-Clean Expert using the form on our homepage or you can call us direct at 1-800-931-5850.

Corroborating Evidence

FIDELITONE INC. worldwide manufacturer and distribution of fine record and video accessories – tested the Spin-Clean® record washing system for RCA Records in 1976. The test results were remarkable! After Spin-Clean® record washing system had been used, output sensitivity was substantially increased. Channel separation was increased and amplified record noise was reduced. AUDIO MAGAZINE a leading Hi-fi magazine tested Spin-Clean® record washing system excellent as a record cleaning device. And they found this unit to be one of the most efficient record cleaners for dirty records.

ALEXANDER’S GRAHAM BELL one of Pittsburgh’s top singles spots featuring live entertainment and mobile DJ. Phil Schomer, who states “Spin-Clean® record washing system is the only record cleaning system I’ll use, because I found it to be the most effective in removing smoke firm and other dirt without a buildup of residue on my cartridge and records. Now my discs always sound new and crisp.”

STEREO MAGAZINE nationally recognized leader in stereo equipment publications stated “There’s no question but that the Spin-Clean® record washing system does remove surface dirt and fingerprints.” The reviewer went on to say “After processing a dozen or so discs the solution was clouded with minute bits of debris and discs themselves looked a lot cleaner, not only that a few of his children’s collection which had been really dirty played a lot cleaner”. He stated “If one has some very dirty discs Spin-Clean® record washing system is certainly one way to clean them.”

The Real Test

There’s only one way to really find out what Spin-Clean® record washing system is all about. We’ll give you 30 days to test it for yourself. If for any reason you’re not 100% satisfied, simply return it in it’s original box within 30 days for a courteous refund. In fact, try the Spin-Clean® record washing system and any other record washer system of your choice. Test them both for 30 days and return the one you don’t like. We’re not worried because we know which one you’ll keep. As further insurance for your investment, the Spin-Clean Record Washer MKII comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty on all parts excluding brushes for wear and tear. This doesn’t worry us either because Spin-Clean® record washing system has a reputation for reliability. We know that once you try the Spin-Clean® record washing system, record care will never be the same again. So go ahead and do it. Buy Now!