How to Properly Store your Vinyl Records to Prevent Damage and Warping

How to Properly Store your Vinyl Records to Prevent Damage and Warping

The right way to store your record is a safe way.  Follow these tips for useful ways of storing and protecting your vinyl

Choosing a Location

First thing to remember when choosing a location is how susceptible vinyl are to heat. They must be kept out of direct sunlight.  Make sure to choose a spot that is shaded or covered.

Keep them away from heat and moisture: Exposure to heat and moisture can cause records to warp or become damaged. Avoid storing your records in damp basements or attics, and try to keep them in a cool, dry place.

Another thing to be aware of is the fragility of vinyl.  You'll want to keep them away from pets, small children, and potentially. high-traffic areas.

Selecting the Right Rack

Before picking a rack/holder for your vinyl, make sure you check off these things first.  You want to store your vinyl upright (like the above photo) instead of stacked on top of one another.  You also don't want them bending in any way because of warping.  Make sure the rack is tall enough so the weight of the vinyl isn't bending over the edges.  Lastly, make sure it fits your personality.  This isn't a must, but it sure is fun. 

How to Clean Your Records

You'll want to consider a few things before cleaning your records.  First is to get a proper cleaner.  (We like the Vinyl Styl cleaner kit HERE).  For an in-depth step-by-step of cleaning, check out our blog post HERE.  Some other preventative measures are to keep the vinyl covered and away from dust, and to use a Record Butler or microfiber cloth to keep oil from your fingers away from the vinyl's grooves.


There are many ways to go about storing your records, but primarily make sure they are in a safe, cool, and dry place.


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