How to Clean and Repair DVD and CD Discs

How to Clean and Repair DVD and CD Discs

Below I’ve described somes methods of keeping all of your DVDs and CDs clean, even if they’re not scratched up. Thoroughly cleaning unscuffed discs can help them go a long way. I’ll also be explaining how to repair scuffed discs as well.


cleaning disks with the proper steps

The first thing were going to touch on is simply cleaning a CD or DVD. The disc is ready to be cleaned if you’ve noticed fingerprints, dust, or other things that might keep it from being 100%. Regardless of scratches or not, surface particles can have an effect on how well the disc is playing.

  1. The first thing you’ll want to do is run warm water over the disc. This removes any dust/grit, which is more likely to cause scratching. You MUST do this first before drying it with a wipe, otherwise you’re going to scratch the disc!
  2. If there is stubborn residue on the disc, gently rub it off with a finger, while washing it. Be sure to use liquid soap or alcohol! The best way to dry off a disc is to get a wipe or extremely soft cloth. Start at the center of the disc and move outward, this prevents scratching as well.
  3. Shake the disc until all of the water has rolled off and let it air dry ONLY! Make sure it’s indoors.


repairing your disk

If you’ve stumbled across this article because your disc is no longer readable due to scratches/wear, don’t worry! Here you will learn how to repair the disc with simple items you might have in your home! You could go online and find cleaning kits, but if you’d rather get it out of the way yourself, continue reading to see how!

There are several common household items you could use to lessen the severity scratches, and hopefully bring that disc (or discs) back to life, such as baking soda or toothpaste. Depending on the severity of the scratches this should do the trick!

How to fix a scratched disc?

  1. Start by putting a small amount of toothpaste on a worn out tee shirt, or lint-free cloth (don’t use gel polish.)
  2. Begin rubbing the cloth on the scratch or wear in a radial motion. Start from the center of the disc, then move outward. Do this at least 10 times all over the disc. Try to put most of your focus on the scratches and wear.
  3. Polish in a radial motion for the next couple of minutes, and reapply toothpaste if you need to. Remember to be gentle with the disc, you could scratch it if you apply too much pressure.
  4. Remove your polisher from the disc. If you polished with toothpaste, rinse the disc for a couple of minutes under warm water, then let it air dry (indoors.) Make sure there is no toothpaste left on the disc. (If you used Brasso toothpaste, wipe off excess paste, then let it air dry.) After this, use a clean cloth to gently wipe the disc once more.

If you need to remove deep scratches quickly, it’s highly recommended to try a Mr.Clean Magic Eraser sponge. All you need to do is apply light presser, and begin wiping from the center of the disc to the outer edges. After this, you can buff and shine the disc using some of the polishing techniques described.

None of the recommended methods working for you? Disc repairing only removes scratches on the reading side of the disc. There are numerous reasons why it might not still be working. The most common causes for discs not to load are: Player incompatibility, foil damage, problems with the player and not the disc, the laser might be rotting, oxidation, layer warping, poor recording, tolerance overload, flutter overload, and layer separation. You might want to consider professional repairing, or just replacing the disc.

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