Now that you have joined the vinyl revolution and have started building a vinyl records collection, you'll need to know how to take care of your valuable vinyl. If you don’t give your vinyl a little love, you’ll find your records will not only become unplayable over time, but their value will plunge.
It’s important to keep your vinyl records stored properly so that they don’t gather dust, grow mold, warp, bend or break. Here are five tips from our curators at Redemption Vinyl every vinyl records collector should know:
#1: Be Careful When Handling.
Any owner of a record store will tell you not only to wash and dry your hands before touching your vinyl, but that you should also make sure when handling records that you touch only the edges and label areas. A little care goes a long way.
#2: Store Vertically.
Keep your LPs stacked vertically. That’s upright and on edge. Never lay vinyl on top of each other. Records that are left lying flat and horizontal will warp over time. Also, be careful not to stack your albums too tightly together. Give them some room to breathe.
The vinyl revolution has caused music lovers to build valuable vinyl collections.
#3: Store Them in the Right Container.
To keep your vinyl records vertical, you’ll need the right kind of container to store them. One option is to build or buy shelving for your new LPs, but make sure it’s sturdy enough to support the weight of vinyl records. Vinyl gets very heavy when they are stacked together. Vinyl records average over 35 pounds per foot of shelving, and 78's are even heavier.
Another option is to purchase record boxes or record crates that can hold your vinyl collection. Avoid using wine crates or book boxes, but instead buy specifically-designed boxes for vinyl records. Since vinyl collecting is so popular, a number of vinyl storage products are available just for this purpose at either a vinyl shop or online record shop. If you have records of different sizes, keep them in a separate box designed for that size.
#4: Take Care of the Sleeves.
Sleeves keep your vinyl records free from dust and dirt, providing extra protection. However, record sleeves can become damaged over time. If you notice that one of your vinyl sleeves has mold or isn’t in great shape, replace it. You can find replacement sleeves most anywhere vinyl records are for sale.
#5: Find the Right Room in Your Home.
Store your records in a place where they’ll be kept away from direct light and heat. The less light the better. However, you should avoid attics, basements and other locations in your home that may be dark because they tend to come with a higher risk of water leaks and extremes in temperature and dampness. Also, keep your records well away from radiators, vents and any other sources of heat. A comfortable room temperature of around 70 degrees is recommended, and since humidity can harm your vinyl too, the room should be dry, with a humidity level of around 50%.
Follow these tips and your vinyl record collection will spin for years to come.