HOW TO CLEAN THE HEADS ON YOUR VCR | VHS PLAYER WON'T PLAY OR HAS BAD PICTURE
Do this regularly!
Cleaning the heads on your VCR is very important for ensuring your VCR lasts for a long time. VCRs are no longer manufactured, so you should be doing everything you can to keep yours alive and breathing. This process is very easy and simple to do and it will only take a few minutes.
What you will need:
90%-99% isopropyl rubbing alcohol (anything below 90% won't be good enough)
A blank sheet of copy/printer paper
How to clean the heads on my VCR?
Remove any screws holding the top panel to the VCR
Gently remove the top
Fold the piece of paper 5 times long ways
Add rubbing alcohol to one end of the paper. It is okay if it is dripping a little bit.
Clean all of the tape guides and everything that the tape passes on until there is nothing left to clean off.
Clean the video heads. There are 2 or 4 little holes, those are what creates the image. Those are the main thing that needs to be cleaned. With the paper dampened, hold it against the rotating head and spin the head. Spin it a few times and look at the paper. You will notice some black streaks on the paper. Keep doing this until there is nothing else coming off.
The last thing that you should do is air all of the dust out of the machine. You can do this with a can of dust off, an air compressor or a blow dryer. You might want to do this step outside.
Put the top back on and place the screws in their appropriate hole.
THAT WAS EASY!
Now that you know how to do this, you should do it every 40-80 hours of usage or once a year.
DO HEAD CLEANING TAPES WORK?
Head cleaning tapes do work, but not nearly as good as manually cleaning the heads.