There is an amazing record shop that has popped up in the home town that I grew up in called Uptown Vinyl Records.
It’s a proper old school dusty vinyl diggers paradise.
Dusty vinyl in the very real sense of the word. I’d been researching ways of cleaning vinyl records and tried a few things, including PVA wood glue?! (which did actually work). Most professional cleaning solutions cost hundreds (thousands…) of pounds. But when it comes right down to it, you just need slightly soapy water and a microfibre cloth, unless you are dealing with vinyl worth hundreds of pounds… which I am not.
Then I noticed my dad, who I visit when I come to look at the record shop… (no, wait…?! ;) had an old footspa and the cogs started turning in my brain. Maybe bubbling off grit and grime from within the grooves of the records would work? Only one way to find out…
Meet the Vinyl Footspa Washertron 3000™©®. It actually bloody works! With the help of some small hands, I rocked through cleaning a bunch of choice disco, soul and funk 45’s I procured for a delightfully reasonable sum in the last visit to the record shop.