DVD and CD cleaning : Computer Hardware Buyers’ Glossary
DVD and CD cleaning
To keep DVDs (Digital Video Discs)
and CDs (Compact Disks)
working properly, both the discs and the drives have to be spotlessly clean.
- Never touch the underside of a DVD (Digital Video Disc) or CD (Compact Disk).
Don’t lay discs
face down on your desk. Put them in something designed to store DVDs/CDs without scratching.
- To label a disc, write on the top side only. Do not use a ball point pen or sticky labels. Use a
Sharpie fine tip permanent marker. For elegant labelling, use
- You can clean the DVDs
themselves with some Windex or similar glass cleaner and a microfibre cloth such as the
3M ScotchBrite. Paper tissues will scratch. You can also buy special kits to clean
DVD and CD
discs that are basically a bottle of isopropyl alcohol and a cloth at inflated
price. The advantage of the microfibre cloth over a Kleenex is it will not leave any lint behind.
are made of plastic and scratch easily. There are various kits you can buy to repair scratches on
such as the
Memorex Optifix ProSkip
Dr. Motorized AutoMax Scratch Repair System.
- You can safely clear the dust out of your DVD or
CD drive with a blast of
compressed air from a can.
- Cleaning the inside of the drive requires a special CD
with little brushes poking out of it that you moisten with isopropyl alcohol,
such as the
Memorex Laser Lens Cleaner For DVD or the
Allsop Ultra Pro Carbon-Edge DVD and CD-Drive Cleaner (that uses carbon fibres to drain away static).
Some products are designed for CD drives, some for
DVD and some for both. Don’t try to
clean the drive with a Q-Tip or foam swab since the innards of the drive are delicate and precisely aligned.
- You can find sources for DVD/CD cleaners, DVD/CD scratch repair and DVD/CD drive cleaners by refining this
Google search. Products that clean the
discs are called disc cleaners. Products that fill in the scratches are called
disc repair kits. Products that clean the drive are called lens