How to Clean a DVD or CD disc


Proper care and cleaning of your DVDs and CDs is part of ensuring the data they contain plays clearly and lasts a long time. Dust, dirt and fingerprints are more of a problem on the data side of the disc than the label side. The disc must be cleaned in a specific pattern to avoid damage. Avoid harsh cleaners such as isopropyl alcohol or soap unless absolutely necessary to remove stubborn dirt or grease. Be sure the disc is completely dry before attempting to play.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton tissue, microfiber cleaning cloth or other non-abrasive material
  • Water or isopropyl alcohol (optional)
  • Determine if water or another cleaner is needed. Light fingerprints and dust don't normally require a liquid to clean. Heavy finger prints, dirt or grease will require water and sometimes a stronger cleaning agent. If a cleaning agent is necessary, spray it on a non-abrasive tissue or microfiber cleaning cloth.

  • Wipe from the center of the disc to the side of the disc. This minimizes the chances of damaging the disc. If a scratch is created, it will be less likely to cause as much damage.

  • Wipe again with a dry tissue or cleaning cloth to remove some of the cleaning agent. Repeat as needed to finish removing stubborn dirt or grease.

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