Answered By: Main Reference Library
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2018     Views: 107988

Here are some general tips for cleaning CDs and DVDs:

1. Start from the center of the disk and clean straight out toward the edge. This will help prevent scratches that will affect performance. Never clean by rubbing in a circle around the DVD.
2. Use a soft cloth or microfiber cloth to wipe it off. If it is just dust on the DVD, a soft cloth can often remove it without cleaning solutions. Microfiber cloths work well because they have a very tight weave of cloth that attracts dust and helps keep it from scratching the surface of the DVD.
3. Mix rubbing alcohol and water in a one-to-one ratio and use it to clean the DVD to remove fingerprints or other oily residue. Rubbing alcohol works well because it is mild and evaporates quickly without leaving a residue. Rub the disk with a little of the solution and let it dry.
4. Clean the DVD with a glass cleaner. Spray the window cleaner on to a cloth and apply it with the cloth instead of spraying it directly on the DVD. This is good for difficult cleaning situations such as cleaning soda off of a DVD.

If the disc is still not playable or has scratches, please fill out the included repair form, or include a note that the disc is scratched, and return it to any branch. We have a machine that can repair most discs.

Comments (6)

  1. The steps listed are clear and simple to follow. Well done!
    by Library patron on Oct 18, 2018
  2. Worked brilliantly until I discovered a crack from the center down about an inch. Good E for effort ...at least I now know not to ever rub in circular motion! Very informative, thank you!
    by Katz Romero on Dec 23, 2018
  3. We are so sorry to hear about the crack! We have no good repairs for that I'm afraid.
    by Ben Ridout on Dec 24, 2018
  4. Thank-you for clear and precise instructions.
    by Derek White on Jul 09, 2021
  5. Great advice. Even though a lot of media is online now, there are still a lot of old CD's out there! Steve | Site - Curtains and Blinds
    by Steve on Jul 15, 2021
  6. Autistic boy, many scratched, what is this miracle machine and how can I get one, please help!
    by Sharon on Jan 24, 2023

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