Step 2 - Vacuum the record, both sides, using my Modified VPI cleaning machine.
Step 3 - Use steam from Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs PURE Water to clean the vinyl grooves - 3 rotations each side. Use DAK Brush to get steam into the grooves.
Step 4 - Vacuum the record again, both sides-4-5 rotations until completely dry.
Step 5 - Using one of my two Ultrasonic machines (Audiodesk or Ultrasonic V-8), run them through a 10-15 minute cleaning cycle where it removes all the dirt the VPI machine could not. It also removes smoke remnants and detergents from past washings.
Step 6 - Using MFSL Pure Water, rinse record using a different MFSL velvet brush and let it spin for 3-5 rotations.
Step 7 - Vacuum the record a final time, both sides until bone dry.
Step 8 - Use the Anti-Static gun twice on each side of the record for removal of any static electricity.
In September of 2013, we purchased two ULTRASONIC cleaning machines to compare steam cleaning with the ultrasonic method. We bought a V-8 Ultrasonic Machine and an Audio Desk machine. They both work VERY WELL. We changed our method of cleaning records to include the machines now. The 8 step method we perform is the ABSOLUTE best way to get audiophile sound from these records. First pressings, especially, have AMAZING sound! As for vacuum machines, what we have found is that VPI makes the best record cleaning machines for the money. I have used the 16.5, 17, and the Typhoon machines. We mainly use the 16.5 which was modified to control the speed, and we also added a cooling fan. Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs, or MFSL, makes excellent cleaning solutions, and Disc Doctor makes a fantastic post wash called "Miracle Fluid" that really improves the sound quality. Most recently we have been steam cleaning records to quiet the backgrounds and get years of grime, dirt, and smoke out of the grooves.
The most common and cheap record cleaning fluids use alcohol as their main cleaning agent. The problem with that is they leave chemicals behind after they are rinsed or dried off. Our cleaning system uses no alcohol in the cleaning agents. We enjoy cleaning records and comparing the sound before and after. That resulted in our ARCHIVE MASTER Audiophile LP that are sold on our site and on eBay.
Review of the Ultrasonic V8 Cleaning Machine