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Old 11th December 2017, 02:23 PM   #11
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If looking for the cleanest mineral free water give Penta drinking water a try
I migh be a good foundation to build on
They claim there is nothing in it, I mean nothing but pure water.
This is not a commercial BTW

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Old 11th December 2017, 08:02 PM   #12
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For whatever reason, distilled water is cheaper and more readily available in the US than in the UK. Any grocery store or mass merchandiser in the US has distilled water at less than $1 per gallon. This water will almost always test below 1 or 2 ppm on a TDS meter.

If I were in your shoes, given the higher costs and limited distribution for distilled water in the UK, I would consider a multi-stage RO and de-ionization filter like this one:
Mutli-Stage Filter RO+de-ionisation. Or,
Multi-Stage RO Water Filter.


You can run water through one of these filters twice, and easily get to 10ppm or below, which is more than good enough to clean records extremely well in an ultrasonic cleaner. If you're cleaning lots of records and your alternative is paying UK prices for distilled, this unit will save you lots of money, even counting in filter changes.

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I had been considering buying one for actual drinking anyway but someone told me in terms of drinking you want some minerals in there. Anyway I digress.

Yes this might make more sense I have about 1500 records and I am the kind of guy where until I clean each one there will be a niggling voice telling me the records not clean when playing it as all mine are second hand!

I think for now i'll do that, Tergikleen and see how it goes.
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Old 11th December 2017, 09:09 PM   #13
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Given it's winter in UK so hanging laundry out is not an option, if you have a condensing clothes dryer wouldn't that be a free source of distilled water? Assuming you've written off the electricity cost by drying clothes; not drying wet laundry just to feed your URC.
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Old 12th December 2017, 02:12 AM   #14
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Dryer exhaust has to be full of lint?

It's not a "boil", just warm evaporation. Many other things will evaporate in the same temperature range; oils, solvents, but notably the plasticizers in poly clothing.

Quite cheap filters will stop lint. Carbon filter will hold a lot of other crap. You can DIY about any level of filtering you need. But off-hand, without experience, I don't think dryer drip would be my first choice source.
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I have to agree.. If you can afford an ultrasonic cleaner even DIY, some sort of distillation set up if necessary should be within reach, and much surer results.

Perhaps this discussion is moot, Tesco GB apparently sells deionized water which I would think is suitable for this use? 1.00 for a 2.5L bottle, not as cheap as here in the U.S. but not exorbitant either. It is intended for use in lead-acid car batteries (accumulators) which don't like tap water much so I can't imagine it wouldn't do the job. It seems to be used for much the same stuff we use distilled water for here in the U.S.
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I have to agree.. If you can afford an ultrasonic cleaner even DIY, some sort of distillation set up if necessary should be within reach, and much surer results.

Perhaps this discussion is moot, Tesco GB apparently sells deionized water which I would think is suitable for this use? 1.00 for a 2.5L bottle, not as cheap as here in the U.S. but not exorbitant either. It is intended for use in lead-acid car batteries (accumulators) which don't like tap water much so I can't imagine it wouldn't do the job. It seems to be used for much the same stuff we use distilled water for here in the U.S.
Awesome I might test that

Also thinking of buying some of this, meant to be purer again
Ultrapure Water - Buy from the UK's leading B2B chemical suppliers, ReAgent.


And
Triton X-100 Nonionic Surfactant Detergent | TALAS

Have not found anywhere for Hepastat or iso alcohol which i believe are the final two pieces of the puzzle for a good clean.
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Old 29th January 2018, 04:18 PM   #17
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Surgical spirit contains a small amount of castor oil so you would want to avoid that and rubbing alcohols.

Denatured spirits might be the thing, but you'd have to make sure the only other thing in it is water.

I would think an industrial supply house in the U.K. would stock isopropanol or 2-propanol which are common chemical names for what we call isopropyl alcohol here.
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If you can afford an ultrasonic cleaner even DIY, some sort of distillation set up if necessary should be within reach, and much surer results.
I believe that in the UK you need a licence for a still, even if you only use it for water.

Many years ago in our school chemistry lab we produced our own distilled water. The teacher told me that when they bought a new still (as the old one was worn out) they had someone from Customs and Excise come to witness the old still being broken up so it was unusable

The two main domestic uses for deionised water are car batteries and smoothing irons. Few people now have chemistry sets, as Health'n'Safety means that something I could do safely 50 years ago is now extremely dangerous.
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It's a sad world we live in, I remember very well burning myself, blowing things up, and otherwise creating mayhem with a Scottish made Thomas Salter Chemistry set bought at an Innovation in Geneva when I was 13 or so.. Also got a Mamod stationary steam engine there that year.

Was not able to find a good photo of the set which might have been a set 2.
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I had a Mamod too. The burner used methylated spirit. Modern versions use solid fuel pellets.
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