Let me think, what do I get... a lifetime supply magic sponge for €0.10 or an expensive €129 high tech cleaner that needs €30 supply? I'm not knocking the Hifi-Sonic, it seems to work really well, but who is going to make a similar marketing video for the magic eraser with microscope shots?
Because it's so cheap doesn't mean it doesn't work. It basically does exactly the same: scrape off the gunk. The Onzow Zerodust does it by being sticky enticing the gunk to stick on the pad instead of the tip. The ultrasonic cleaner does it with a combination of soft fibres (HDPE is softer than vinyl) combined with fluid and going at it like a bunch of crazed elfs trying to soak and rattle the dirt off. Liquid cleaners just try to dissolve the issue by wiping it under the table, I mean... with a simple brush. These fluids can have an antistatic component while playing but can also be agressive.
Magic eraser or -sponge or wonder sponge or w/e it's marketed as is very simply melamine foam. The same hard durable resin (plastic) that's used for tabletops etc. and just slowly and gently scrapes the gunk off. Melamine is harder than vinyl so when scraping the vinyl yields and not the melamine.
Here is what it looks like
And this is what liquid cleaners can do to your stylus. From a very well knows reviewer who cleans his records and stylus meticulously. I'm not calling any names but it begins with M and ends with ichael Fremer... The probable cause is.. cleaning too often, before every play, with aggressive liquid.
In my opinion the magic eraser is the safest and best way to keep it clean. It's very much like cleaning your teeth.
Forgot FYI: I use the magic eraser every month or so, AT 607 liquid cleaning same, and the carbon fibre brush once a week when there is simple dust or fluff on it.Edited by ]eep - Today at 9:10 am