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where to buy purified water?

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I've used distilled water for years at £1.50 for 500ml from Wilko's 

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It’s all cheap as chips if you’ve thousands of records ffs

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On ‎26‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 23:43, Radioham said:

I just buy "Battery" water or steam Iron water from Halfords and DIY stores.

Alan

just picked up 5l of deionised water from Halfords for 3.50 as I cycled past today, thanks for suggestions 😊

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Or just use cooled down boiled water from the kettle.

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3 hours ago, plasticpenguin said:

Or just use cooled down boiled water from the kettle.

The boiled water may have lost a few germs, but unfortunately would still contain the unwanted minerals that the distillation process removes.

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8 hours ago, Gray said:

The boiled water may have lost a few germs, but unfortunately would still contain the unwanted minerals that the distillation process removes.

Indeed, including lots of lime scale in hard water areas. 

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9 hours ago, Gray said:

The boiled water may have lost a few germs

Give it an antibiotic. :D

On a more serious note, wouldn't purification tablets do the job, plopped into tap water?

Something like these.

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33 minutes ago, chebby said:

Please excuse my ignorance, but what’s wrong with filtered water?

It still contains lots of dissolved compounds that will be left behind when it dries.

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13 hours ago, plasticpenguin said:

Or just use cooled down boiled water from the kettle.

Cooled down boiled water ??????

Surely if pure water is boiled off then what is left is an even more concentrated mix of dissolved salts and other gubbins found in tap water.... just a thought...

Kindest regards Julian 

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34 minutes ago, plasticpenguin said:

Give it an antibiotic. :D

On a more serious note, wouldn't purification tablets do the job, plopped into tap water?

Something like these.

Purifying tablets are generally based on chlorine.. adding more crap doesn't solve the issue

Kindest regards Julian 

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Julian is right, as are others here. The issue is not how 'clean' the water is in terms of it being safe to drink, it's how pure it is. Water from the tap is safe to drink, but contains chemicals, both is suspension and dissolved. Leave some water to dry on a bit of glass, and it leaves a mark behind. Usually, that's comparatively hard substances like calcium salts. If you clean a record with tap water, no matter how carefully you dry it, some water residue will be likely to remain. When it dries, it will leave minute, hard deposits. These will most likely be right in the grooves, which is the very last place you want them. Distilling or reverse osmosis removes these contaminants almost completely, so when the water dries, all but nothing is left behind.

Basically, if you use a record cleaning solution based on 'normal' water or just filtered water, you will remove loose dirt from the grooves and replace it with hard, dried on deposits that will be all but impossible to remove. There won't be as much, of course, but considering distilled or RO water is hardly a bank breaker, it's not worth using anything else.

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find a good aquatics shop and buy RO water. good ones will be 0.00 TDS for £2.50-£3.00 for 25l

alternatively search spotless water. they have filling stations all over and it can be as little as 4p for a litre. depends if one is nearby though

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