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How to clean a cd or dvd

Updated on December 8, 2010

Before you get annoyed that you might have rented a defective dvd because you've put it in the dvd player and it won't work, try cleaning it. After a good cleaning and drying, your dvd will be likely to work again. Remember that rented dvds especially are handled frequently. They might get scratches or fingerprints on them that make them skip when you play them or they might not play at all.

Cleaning a dvd for optimal playing quality is really very simple and you can use the same method to clean a cd of course. Years ago, the first time I ran into trouble with a dvd that needed to be cleaned, I looked to ehow.com. It is a great resource for finding out about a lot of random stuff. I have since never forgotten how to clean a dvd or cd but I must credit ehow.com for helping to show me how the first time. To clean your cd or dvd-

1. Simply take a soft cloth or a really good quality cotton ball (that will not get easily frayed and have pieces coming off of it). Dampen the soft cloth or saturate the cotton ball with isopropyl/rubbing alcohol.

2. Gently wipe the dvd or cd going clockwise from the inner to the outer edge rather than wiping in a circular motion. After you have done this on both sides of the dvd or cd, dampen your cloth again, now with water or take a fresh cotton ball and soak it in water.

3. Wipe the dvd or cd the same way as before, now with the water.

4. Allow the dvd or cd to air dry. When it is dry, hold it by the edges to re-insert it into the cd or dvd player.

5. In general, avoid getting finger prints or scratches on your cds or dvds by always handling them carefully, holding the edges only and properly storing them in their protective cases away from dust.

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    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      7 years ago from USA

      Hi lilibees and Hello, hello,

      You're very welcome. Thanks for stopping by and posting comments!

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      A well written hub and great tips. Thank you

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      lilibees 

      7 years ago

      Very Good Tips, great hub Thank You!

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