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How to Store Vinyl Records

Published On: January 28, 2024By

How to Store Vinyl Records: In-Depth Guide

Preserving Vinyl Treasures: A Comprehensive Guide to Proper Vinyl Record Storage

Vinyl records, timeless relics of musical history, demand meticulous care when it comes to storage, especially
during renovations, relocations, or space reclamation. Mishandling can lead to scratches, damage, or warping,
impacting the longevity and quality of your cherished collection. This in-depth guide on how to store vinyl
records ensures your records remain in pristine condition, ready for playback whenever the mood strikes.

1. Properly Clean Your Vinyl Records

Before tucking away your vinyl treasures, a thorough cleaning ritual is crucial to mitigate the risk of damage
from dust, dirt, and debris. Follow this step-by-step process:

  • Begin by washing your hands to remove oil, dirt, and debris.
  • Utilize your preferred cleaning method, opting for distilled water to clean the records.
  • Handle the records exclusively on the edges or the center label to prevent oil transfer.

2. Replace the Protective Sleeve for your Vinyl Records

While most vinyl records come with paper sleeves, these can become musty over time, collecting dirt, dust, and
mildew. When replacing the sleeve, opt for an acid-free and
anti-static option
for enhanced protection against dust and scratches.

3. Buy a Plastic Vinyl Record Sleeve

Investing in a plastic vinyl record sleeve adds an extra layer of defense against moisture and dust. Consider these
details when making a purchase:

  • Choose an outer sleeve made of polyethylene or polyester.
  • For valuable records, opt for a 6-mil cover; for others, a three or 4-mil density is sufficient.
  • Select the sleeve size based on the type of vinyl record you’re storing (snug fit for singles, loose fit for
    double LPs or box sets).
  • Ensure the sleeve comes with a flap for complete protection against dust and moisture.

4. Boxes for Storing Vinyl Records

Selecting the right box is pivotal for vinyl record storage. Choose from boxes designed specifically for records,
similar to banker boxes, made of either plastic or cardboard and fully enclosed. These boxes prevent dust from
settling on your records. Alternatively, vinyl record crates or bookcases with small
are suitable for 12″ vinyl records.

5. Store Vinyl Records Vertically

Avoid storing vinyl records horizontally, as this can cause significant damage over time. Dirt and debris trapped
between records may become embedded, leading to warping. Store your vinyl records vertically to maintain their

6. Store Vinyl Records at a Cool Temperature

Ensure your vinyl records are stored in a cool, dry, and dark environment. Heat can be detrimental, causing
records to melt and warp. Avoid areas like sheds, garages, attics, or outdoor storage. Keep records away from
direct sunlight to prevent fading. Aim for a room with less than 50% humidity to protect against damage.

Consider storing your vinyl records in Guardian Storage’s climate-controlled units, and ensure an environment that maintains a consistent temperature range and humidity throughout the year.

7. How Not to Store Vinyl Records

Now that you know what to do, here’s a quick reminder of what not to do:

  • Don’t put vinyl records away without cleaning them
  • Avoid storing vinyl records without a sleeve or cover.
  • Never store vinyl records in heat, such as a garage or attic.
  • Refrain from storing vinyl records horizontally; store them vertically

Choose the perfect storage location, and your vinyl records will be ready for enjoyment weeks, months, or years
from now, in the same impeccable condition you left them! Discover the right storage unit for your vinyl records
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