Dust, dirt and static can make your records sound nasty and damage them or your stylus, creating premature wear that takes its toll on your collection and your wallet–especially if one is huge and the other one isn’t. WAXX WIPES are a new kind of microfiber cloth that’s finer and stronger than any other so they can pull all kinds of debris off your records without scratching or scraping them. They’re tough enough to get tossed in the washing machine with your t-shirts and delicate enough to pull cat hair off a classic Northern Soul cut without knocking the plus off your VG+. They won’t take the scratches out of your records–that one’s on you–but we’ve tested WAXX WIPES on house dust, techno dust, rock dust, disco dust, Dorito dust, greasy fingerprints, cigarette ash and dandruff and we can tell you that it gets ‘em all and leaves you with a slab of vinyl that looks and plays a ton better than it used to, maybe better than it ever did.
I've been addicted to a cleaning brush - microfiber or velvet - for decades. Wet or dry. Picking one up was automatic when I played my vinyl. Tried a grounded, carbon fiber brush as well. Not good.
Waxx XL changed my addiction. It does a better job, easier to use, faster, and less of a "drag" on my turntable. I can get a huge number of wipes before I need to wash this due to the ability to fold it over to a clean space and brush dust off. Works well for wet cleaning too. Very nice product. Sometimes less is more. I'm hooked. Put the brush cleaners away.
I received this item in the mail a few days after i ordered it. The packaging is simple and attractive, if i could make one suggestion, it would be to have a tab in the flap that enables it to be reclosed. After opening and inspecting the product, i was very satisfied with the quality of the material the wipe is made from. It is very soft and has more weight to it than id expect of a piece of fabric of its size. I used it on an old record that i dont play often so i could make sure it wouldnt scratch my good records. As advertised, i noticed no scratches resulting from the use of the wipe, and it was very effective at removing dust from the surface of the record. The dust mostly sticks to the cloth and can be brushed off of it easily. I definitely thing its more effective than those carbon fiber brushes at removing dust off records before playing, and have not used my brush since i bought this. The price makes it a great value, as brushes can cost much more than this. Would definitely buy one of these again!
You're not going to want to use this for the initial cleaning of truly filthy records you pick up at flea markets or garage sales. This is more for after they've gotten their first major cleaning, what you would use to do a quick dust off every time you play thereafter. Or if you get a used record that is truly not that dirty, this works well too. Very convenient, very effective, both wet and dry (I used mostly dry). Black color is helpful in knowing how dirty it is getting (machine washable, but I have not had to do that yet). Only complaint is that I wish it were just a little bigger, and of course, a little less expensive ;) All things considered though, for its niche it's a nice little product. 4 1/2 stars.
Absolutely the BEST wipe I've ever used. I've just cleaned my first 50 records with it. It is smoother than any cloth. I use it with the Phoenix 2 with Enzymes cleaner. For wet cleaning on vinyl, amazing. While it is damp with cleaner, I first use a mofi brush to deep clean the dust and dirt, creating a line. Then I use the damp WAXX XL Microfiber Vinyl Wipe by placing it over the dust line, and quickly flicker/wipe the dust line off. Then I shake the cloth before spraying and wet cleaning the record. While it may not remove everything, it removes A LOT. I then use another part of the cloth to wipe the record dry. Big improvement. The most important thing to note, the size of this cloth is perfect, well thought out. The feel is perfect for cleaning - it is superior to any other cloth for vinyl. I use my other cloths to clean glasses, glass frames, etc. But this is my go to for vinyl records.
I have a lot of vinyl cleaning products, but this works the best. Highly recommended. Really gets deep into the grooves.
This cloth really works and is the perfect solution for spot cleaning (I use a record cleaning machine for tougher jobs).
I usually mist some distilled water on one side of the cloth, wipe away any dust, and then wipe away any residual dampness with the dry side of the cloth. Unlike other microfiber cloths, it doesn't add static to the record and unlike those record brushes, it actually gets dust off the record (rather than just moving it around on the record).
I've used this vinyl wipe wet and dry for a couple of months now, and it has worked wonders on the sound and look of my vinyl. The only con I can find is that sometimes with certain records it will create static unless the record is grounded when you dry clean (ie. metal spindle on your turntable). But I imagine that happens with all wipes when you dry clean records. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this product.
Here I'm unboxing and testing the WAXX XL Microfiber Vinyl Wipe VS the Phoenix Record Cleaning Cloth, to summarize the WAXX wipe is a much higher quality product: It has finer and more robust microfiber fabric, a more convenient size and informative yet less wasteful packaging. The black color also helps you see the dust it accumulates which is harder on the gray-ish Phoenix Cloth.