Vinyl records have been making a comeback in recent years and for good reason. They offer a warm, authentic sound that digital music just can’t match.
However, storing vinyl records can be a challenge, especially if you have a large collection. Unlike digital or CDs vinyl records take up more room, having an impressive collection of vinyl records will mean that your home can be cluttered with them and your vinyl can often be damaged when not stored correctly.
Today we will give some of our tips on how you can store vinyl records to cut down on the clutter in your home and minimise damage to your beloved records.
Storing vinyl records vertically, rather than stacking them, will prevent them from warping over time. Use a vinyl record stand or shelving unit designed specifically for this purpose. By storing your records vertically you can store more records in your home without adding to the clutter.
Direct sunlight can damage the vinyl and cause it to fade or discolour over time. Store your records in a cool, dark place to keep them in top condition. Cupboards or shelves not facing the window are a great place to store your vinyl so they are out of direct sunlight.
Dirt, dust, and grime can damage your records and affect their sound quality. Clean your records regularly with a carbon fibre brush or a microfiber cloth to remove any debris to protect them for years to come.
The outer sleeves of your records are just as important as the records themselves. Use high-quality polypropylene sleeves to protect your records from scratches, dust, and fingerprints.
Heat can cause your records to warp or become brittle. Store your records in a cool, dry place away from heat sources, such as radiators and windows.
Stacking records can cause them to warp or scratch. Store them vertically or in a shelving unit designed specifically for vinyl records to prevent damage.
Organizing your records in alphabetical order or by genre will make it easier to find the record you’re looking for and keep your collection in order. Knowing where your favourite records are means that you don’t have to keep looking through your entire collection every time you want to listen to a song, this will protect your records from accidental damage.
Record dividers are a great way to keep your collection organized and prevent records from becoming mixed up. They can be purchased or made easily with cardboard and labels.
Moisture can cause your records to warp or become mouldy. Store your records in a cool, dry place, away from sources of moisture, such as windows and basements.
A record cleaner is a great investment if you have a large collection. It can help you clean your records quickly and effectively, preserving their sound quality and longevity.
In conclusion, storing your vinyl records is an important part of preserving their sound quality and longevity. By following these record storage tips, you can keep your collection in top condition and ensure that you enjoy your records for many years to come. Whether you’re a seasoned vinyl collector or just starting, these tips will help you get the most out of your records and keep them in pristine condition.
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