For anyone just starting out or getting back into vinyl, a decent cleaning brush is invaluable. Records always pick up dust and crud, unavoidable. However, give the record a quick sweep with one of these prior to dropping the needle and a good deal of dust will be removed, giving much cleaner playback, with less pops, squeaks and chance of skipping.
This brush has two rows of carbon fibre bristles along each side and a velvet base inbetween. The bristles drag crap stuck deep in the grooves, whilst the velvet capture this crap and dust, taking it off the record. Just start the platter spinning, lightly hold the brush to the record, wait for a couple of spins, done, now drop the needle a sit back. No one with a turntable should be without one.