Let's face it - most of us throw our vinyl around and abuse it without a second thought. What we're actually doing is degrading the quality of our precious vinyl records, so why do we do it? I don't have the answer to that question, for me it's just something I do. Actually, it's something I DID. I no longer beat up my records because I value them a lot more than I did years ago, maybe it has something to do with the fact that it's very hard to obtain vinyl nowadays. How it gets dirty Most of the time it's simple things like dust, spit (DJ's especially), smoke, skin, etc. The list goes on and on and without proper care the vinyl will start to degrade and you'll be left with a unplayable frisbee. How to clean it There's a few ways to clean your records. Back in the day if I needed a quick fix I would use Windex. I know, that's stupid but it was all I had at the time and I figured if it made my windows shine then it should do the same for my records too, no? Windex does in fact clean it, but it also has ammonia in it so I can't imagine that being GOOD for vinyl. Typically you should use products that are made specifically for cleaning records. Stanton has a record cleaning kit that contains a liquid along with a high-grade brush with non-abrasive unidirectional fibers. There are many other products just like Stanton's that will do a great job at taking care of your vinyl. Wood Glue For years some people actually used wood glue to clean their records! It sounds nuts but it seems to work. I've never tried it but apparently it does one hell of a job, although it takes a while because you have to let it sit for hours then carefully peel back the glue. The end result looks awesome in that it takes away every bit of crap off your records. If you're going to try it, I'd suggest using a record that you don't care much for, that way you don't mess up anything precious.