A Record-Cleaning Fluid Like No Other: L'Art du Son Gets the Dirt Out of Your Records, Equalizes Electrostatic Charges, and Drastically Enhances Dynamics, Soundstaging, Bass Response, and More
One of the finest record-cleaning options on the planet, and compatible with both brush and cleaning-machine methods, L'Art du Son Record Cleaning Fluid begets dramatic increases in dynamics, improved bass response, enhanced soundstaging and clarity, and a more natural sense of musicality during analog playback. The fluid reduces and equalizes electrostatic charges in your LP grooves, leading to a homogenous electric field. The resultant low electrostatic profile is preferable in order to trace the groove properly. Your records will also be less attractive to dust and dirt particles. L'Art du Son is suitable for all vinyl, colored vinyl, picture discs, and shellac records – and contains no alcohols, emulsifying additives, or silicone based anti-foam ingredients. Read more about this incredible solution and how to prepare it below, and get ready to hear your LPs with exceptional fidelity.
Suitable for All Records
L´Art du Son reduces and equalizes electrostatic charges in the groove which leads to a homogenous electric field. A low electrostatic profile is preferable in order to trace the groove properly. A result of a low electrostatic profile of the record's surface explains the magic of L´Art du Son. Another benefit is a lesser attraction of dust/dirt particles. L'Art du Son is suitable for all vinyl, colored vinyl, picture discs, and shellac records – and contains no alcohols, emulsifying additives, or silicone based anti-foam ingredients. No harmful biocide conservative agents are added as they would be in contact with the human skin. For these reasons, both L'Art du Son concentrate and solution contain suspended particles that resolve after shaking. The components of L'Art du Son are non-hazardous to the environment, non-allergenic, and almost entirely bio-degradable. One flask of L'Art du Son concentrate is sufficient to prepare five liters of cleaning solution that lasts for about 500 LPs. The color of the concentrate is light blue with white visible particles. The color of the solution is almost clear, with small white ingredients floating in the solution.
Preparing the Solution
The optimal concentrate-to-water ratio is around 1:50. To prepare approximately 1 L of the solution, add 20 mL of L'Art du Son concentrate by using the supplemented measuring jug to 1 L of water. We recommend to prepare only as much solution as you really need since the solution degrades after a period of time since it comes without preservatives. Keep both the concentrate and solution dark and cold. L'Art du Son is designed to clean your records with various qualities of water purity grades and remains immune to the water quality available to the user. It is functional in many variations regarding the concentrate´s dilution ratio and works well from 18 mL up to 26 mL per liter.
Cleaning with L'Art du Son
Apply an adequate amount of the mixed solution onto your records and give it a short time to be effective. The dirt will get released from the grooves. The more time you give it, the more effective it will be. We recommend waiting two to five minutes per LP, but shorter intervals are also okay, depending on the degree of pollution and the effectiveness of your record cleaning machine. You can repeat the procedure several times if your LPs are very dirty. L'Art du Son contains a special antistatic formula as well and helps avoiding electrostatic recharge of the cleaned records.
Storing the Solution
The concentrate lasts up to five years if it is kept cool and dark after opening. Older flasks may wear an expiration date which is meant as a rough point of reference. White particles can occur and are no indication of decay. They dissolve into smaller particles after shaking the flask. Please note that the chemicals forming those visible particles in the flask are functional to the important chemical properties of the cleaning and antistatic process. Since they are lipophilic, they are visible in a water-based concentrate. In a mixed solution, grey fingernail-shaped particles indicate the decomposition of the cleaning concentrate. It is still effective but at a lower degree and it will soon be ineffective. The grey color is a sign of bioactive organisms and other common microorganisms that start to biodegrade the ingredients. Both concentrate and solution decompose faster in plastic containers than in tinted glass.
Tips and Tricks for Different Cleaning Methods
Microfiber cloth: Apply the cleaning solution (e.g. with a spray bottle), foam with a record brush, and rinse your records with an adequate share of distilled water. We recommend the use of a soft microfiber brush, such as the Mobile Fidelity Record Brush. Repeat this procedure if necessary.
Record cleaning machines: Apply the cleaning solution and foam it. Please empty and clean your internal storage tank like you would do with any tank that is in touch with dirt.