If you’re a record enthusiast that’s part of a vinyl club or simply inherited some records from family or friends, they’re bound to get scratches. Specifically, when your favorite vinyl record starts to show its age with scratches, it can really be a bummer.

But there’s no need to fret. You don’t have to get rid of the album – or even stop listening to it. With a little elbow grease and some toothpaste, those pesky scratches can be fixed in just a few minutes and your listening experience improved.

To start, gather some toothpaste and a cloth. Put the toothpaste on the cloth and rub it into the scratch in circular motions.

Make sure to cover the entire area of the scratch. After a few minutes, take a clean cloth and wipe off the toothpaste.

Test out your record to see if the scratch is gone! If it’s not completely gone, repeat the process until it is. It may take a few times, but it’s possible to get your record back into great playing shape again.

Fixing a scratched record can be annoying, but it’s definitely worth it for improved sound quality. With just a few minutes of your time, you can have your record sounding like new again.