Handling paper discs damaged by water should be done with care. It is important to act quickly, as mold can start to grow within 48 hours. Fortunately, water does not damage vinyl records themselves, but it can cause damage to the inner cover, outer cover, or label in the center of the disc. If your vinyl records got wet, you can dry them without fear of damage or loss of audio quality.
University officials responded quickly to water damage in a library, cutting off the water supply, removing standing water, and making initial repairs. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to prevent water damage to the sleeves or outer jacket. This step will prevent water and mold from further damaging your boards and will save you time planning the drying process. If there are white water stains or mold on your records, a little water or a disc cleaning solution will easily get rid of them.
It is important to take precautions when handling records that have been damaged by water. Taking quick action can help prevent further damage and save time in the drying process. Additionally, it is important to remember that even a drop of water on the label could seriously damage the central label, especially if it remains on the label for an extended period of time.