Tips for Cleaning & Maintenance of Your VCR

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Learn from our expert with a demonstration how to clean your VCR in this free how-to video on cleaning personal electronics.

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Video Transcript

Hi! This is Bobby Hester on behalf of In this next clip, we’re going to demonstrate how to clean the heads on a VCR. Overtime, dust collects on the heads of the VCR, and it will cause it not to play properly. You can have tracking errors. It’s very important to clean your VCR probably every 30 hours of use, that way your VCR will be operating to its full potential. I purchase this VCR/VHS cleaning cassette. You can purchase this at just about any electronics dealer. What it is, it has a real soft cloth inside the tape instead of an actual videotape. That cloth needs to be coated with the cleaning solution. There is a little hole right there in the corner that the cleaning solution goes into. We’ll open up the cleaning solution. When it’s brand new it’s sealed, so you have to get a needle and puncture so that the cleaning fluid can come out. Now, this cleaning fluid contains alcohol. Many other products that we’re showing in this series contains alcohol, and you need to be very aware of open flames, or high heat sources, because most of these products are flammable, so you need to be aware of that. If you get any in your eyes or hands, you need to rinse your eyes or your hands or exposed areas about 15 minutes in water. Most importantly, just follow the instructions that came with the product. This products says to put five drops max so we’re going to put 4. One, two, three, and four. Okay, so the cleaning solution is in there. Now we take the cassette and put it in just like a regular VHS tape would, and we’ll hit play. It’ll be a little bit noisy because the heads are going to cross the cloth, and it is cleaning the heads right now. It sounds kind of bad but it’s normal. So we’ll let that run for about 15-30 seconds. Okay, we’ve allowed the tape to run for about 30 seconds, so we’ll hit stop and eject. Now our heads have been cleaned. It’s very important once you’re finished with the tape, make sure and put it back in its case that way it doesn’t get damaged. Once you’ve completed your cleaning process, you need allow your VCR to set for about 5-10 minutes, and that way it gives it time for that alcohol to evaporate. After that time, then your VCR is going to be ready for use.


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