They don't help. Not for me at any discernible level, anyways. I bought a Milty anti static gun which definitely makes a difference, but still doesn't get rid off static 100%. I'll even shoot some electrons out of it midway through a side. Pull it off the platter and crackle crackle. Aluminum platter or acrylic, doesn't matter. Worth it, to me anyways, but not for four albums.
Hit em up with water and a touch of dish soap and clean hands. Dry em in a way that doesn't leave anything behind. Towels, air, whatever.