How to Remove Dust From Vinyl Records

by Charlotte Johnson ; Updated September 28, 2017

Dust must be carefully removed from vinyl records.

old gramophone record image by Julia Chernikova from

There was a time when vinyl records were the chief means of hearing recorded music. Those days are long gone, but the records can still last a long time with proper care. That effort includes removing dust, which is naturally attracted to vinyl and can easily accumulate on it. Removing dust the proper way can extend the lives of the records.

Wash and dry your hands before handling the record.

Hold the record with a thumb or finger against the outer edge and a thumb or finger on the paper label in the middle. Do not touch the flat vinyl surface.

Use a record brush to gently sweep the record in a circular motion along its grooves. If you don't have a record brush, gently wipe the record with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Wet a soft cloth and dip it in gentle dish detergent. Use the cloth to gently wipe records covered with a combination of dust and dirt. Rinse them under running water at an angle so the paper label in the center doesn't get wet. Dry them gently with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Place the clean record back in its paper sleeve and cardboard jacket.


  • Dust records before and after they're played to prevent the accumulation of dust.

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About the Author

Charlotte Johnson is a musician, teacher and writer with a master's degree in education. She has contributed to a variety of websites, specializing in health, education, the arts, home and garden, animals and parenting.