Post Holiday Cleaning: Discs

Santa really delivered this Christmas. My daughter’s DVD wish list was filled, save for her very last minute addition of “Home Alone,” which Santa hinted she might receive as an Epiphany gift.

The influx of new CDs and DVDs prompted me to sort through our existing collection. I tossed a few, donated others and cleaned the rest. Yes, I actually clean discs. Not as a part of my regular cleaning routine, but I notice that dirt and scratches can interfere with a disc’s ability to play, so I try to clean them every so often.

If you are looking for ways to extend the life of your favorite discs or at least ensure decent play back, then consider these simple cleaning tips:

1. Gently wipe each disc with a lint free towel.

2. Rub from the center hole and work outward.

3. If the disc is heavily soiled, dampen a clean soft cloth with a little water and wipe from inside out or dampen a lint free cloth with a small amount of rubbing alcohol and wipe disc.

4. Purchase a disc cleaning kit from the store.

5. Never wipe the disc in a circular motion, as doing so can scratch the disc.

6. Never use hydrogen peroxide to clean your disc. Its abrasive properties may damage your disc.

7. Never use baking soda, metal cleaners, or abrasive pads to clean your discs.

8. Never clean your CD or DVD player with a head cleaning kit.

By properly storing, handling and transporting your discs you can reduce the amount of cleaning involved. Always remember to store each disc in a protective sleeve. Also, hold the disc by the rim only and do not touch the playing surface with your fingertips. Finally, do not stack discs on top of each other and leave them in a hot car, as this can warp the discs and render them impossible to play.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.