How to properly clean Edison Blue Amberol records, by Wyatt Markus
Edison Blue Amberol records, in my humble opinion, are the BEST 4-minute
celluloid recordings because they
do not shrink as much as Indestructibles, US Everlasting, Lakesides, etc.
This is because Edison included
camphor in the original celluloid formula.
Steps to safely clean Blue Amberol records:
1. Using a fine bristle brush, lightly whisk away any dust/grit
2. DO NOT IMMERSE THE RECORD IN CLEANING SOLUTION! The fragile
white/blue plaster core will absorb the moisture and swell...crack....or
3. DO NOT USE FULL CONCENTRATION ALCOHOL TO CLEAN THE RECORDS.
4. I like to dampen a paper towel with Windex or a 50/50 mix of alcohol
and water, and wipe the cylinder in the direction of the grooves.
If you remove dirt (inspect towel), then you must get a fresh paper towel,
wet it, and wipe again. The reason
why we do this is because if you wipe the record with a dirty towel, you
will be creating microscopic
scratches on the recording surface that you will hear when you play the record.
Usually, one wiping is enough.
5. Gently wipe dry with a fresh paper towel. Don't worry about any
remaining streaks, they will just evaporate
within a minute or two.