If you have a turntable, you NEED THIS!
We've tried them all, and our preferred solution is the silicone pad stylus cleaners. They're simply the most gentle on your stylus. The only caveat is that they won't remove grit that is hardened and stuck to your stylus, and so we recommend using it every side, or at least every record played. This is the way to go anyway, as it ensures optimal resolution when enjoying your vinyl.
The ST-50 is made from a washable urethane resin, a product developed for the removal of micro-dust in scientific and industrial clean-rooms. To use, simply remove the cover and place the DS Audio ST-50 Stylus Cleaner onto the turntable platter, then gently lower the stylus onto the pad two or three times. Cleaning is then complete. It is critical that the platter is completely stationary during this operation. The base of the ST-50 is lined with real leather to protect your platter.
When the urethane pad becomes dirty, it should be removed from its case and washed under running water, as shown in the video. After letting it dry for 30 minutes at room temperature it can be replaced into its case and is once again ready for use.
When cared for according to the instructions, the ST-50 Stylus Cleaner should last indefinitely.
Click here for the demonstration video: here
We prefer this to the Onzow Zerodust cleaner because you can place it on the platter and lower the stylus down gently. The Zerodust you need to move the product up to the stylus and so if you don't have steady hands, an accident is waiting to happen!
"The ST-50 works as promised and its low profile is less likely to create ‘incidents.'"
– Michael Fremer, Analog Planet