How many times have you cleaned an LP to try to make it better?

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I clean my LPs trying to eliminate background noise (pops, crackles and clicks not due to scratches). Many times 1 cleaning with my RCM does the job. Other times it seems it does a good job on most of the LP but there are still some areas that can use improvement. I realize there is a diminishing point of return. Has anyone had success with multiple cleanings finally doing the job and getting 95% or better improvement? When do you give up and turn the LP into a frisbee instead?
 
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daytona600

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1st ( wash ) with fluid & 2nd ( rinse ) with distilled water usually works fine
 

Catcher10

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When I buy used records I will run them thru my RCM a couple times.....Play them and run again if I hear smegma, if said smega remains, I trade it back in or look for a new reissue.
 
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TLi

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There is a balance between the wear of record and the sonic improvement of being clean.

Every cleaning method carries a risk of wearing out the modulation of the groove. Record doesn’t need to be absolutely flawlessly clean to sound right. I usually clean my record once, a second run is only justified when there are still some pops. Some records will always pop regardless of the times they are cleaned, so I seldom go to third round.

Remember to rest the cleaned record for a few hours before listening, it takes some time for vinyl to return to ground state after agitation.
 
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There is a balance between the wear of record and the sonic improvement of being clean.

Every cleaning method carries a risk of wearing out the modulation of the groove. Record doesn’t need to be absolutely flawlessly clean to sound right. I usually clean my record once, a second run is only justified when there are still some pops. Some records will always pop regardless of the times they are cleaned, so I seldom go to third round.

Remember to rest the cleaned record for a few hours before listening, it takes some time for vinyl to return to ground state after agitation.
Thank you!! Great advice!! I appreciate it.
 

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