I guess that's the difference. We get a lot of airborne particulates in this city. Certainly a lot more than New York state. Much more.
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Would be interesting to look under a microscope what happens after each cleaning method. Has this been done?
I have a blower that I use to dry our dugs and get dirt out of their hair. It has high pressure and high volume. Anyone try that?
I think the real culprit in many cases is static electricity, which attracts and holds the dust and smaller particles. That may be climate dependent. Here in the NE, winter was especially a problem, because the ambient humidity was low, especially in a heated home.
My vinyl days are long over, partly because of ticks and pops, but also because I have found better sound. I experimented with a number of techniques. Actually, one of my favorites was a LencoClean wet playing system. An arm filled with their fluid deposited a thin film on the disc ahead of the stylus via a fine brush. The fluid neutralized static electricity and floated the particles to the surface with help from the brush on the Lenco arm. The sylus traced through, also benefitting from the cooling and lubrication by the fluid. The only negative was that you had to let the record dry for a few minutes before putting it back in the jacket. But, the results were awesome. Only actual blemishes and scratches in the vinyl caused any noise. But, I was unable to find fluid refills after awhile and I was unsuccessful in synthesizing a workable fluid from alcohol/water. It never flowed properly. They must have also used some surfactant in theirs.
I shifted gears to a VPI machine and LAST preservative, which has an anti static property. A carbon brush just before playing easily removed surface dust with the LAST in place. My LP's previously LencoCleaned had no discernible problems under this system.
I do not hold out much hope for compressed air unless you also have a way of neutralizing the static electricity.
I agree that any brush will add static and push fine surface dust into the grooves. Before any play, I use a Milty to remove static and, if the record was not just washed, will use air to blow any dust away. If I use a brush of any type, I will follow with the air and the Milty.
While not directly addressing the OP, a person elsewhere claimed to have a dust allergy and set up a box fan with a furnace filter on both sides and reported it did a great job at removing dust from the air.
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