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Can anyone tell me a way to clean CDs that won't put scratches on it? Water with soft cloth doesn't work, it leaves water spots.
I have used Screen Cleaning Fluid that u can buy at any computer related store along with a microfiber cloth.
U can use this on anything plastic and not fear scratching, including your glasses.
I ask 'cause the only way I've ever cleaned a CD was to wash with soap and water and dry off with a microfiber cloth. I've never had any water spot issues.
"Man, that mouse is Awesome." - Kaemon (referring to Jerry, of Tom and Jerry fame)
I have had success with a coat of Meguires (sp?) Cleaner Wax. Let is set on the cd for 5 minutes, then remove with a clean towel.
I usually use mikro-smooth and optrix for cleaning products (as needed); the products are available from mapleshade records and other sources (approx $16 or so).
After purchasing used CDs/DVDs, I found it comes in handy (especially optrix for basic cleaning).
I have had both products rescue previously unplayable CDs and DVDs in the past.
Zeiss Lens Cleaning Wipes. Wal Mart has them.
Yes - clean CD's from inside to outside in straight line - not in circular motion.
No - Microfiber lens cleaning clothes.
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More expensive doesn't necessarily mean better.
I stumbled across this product a long time ago "Brillianize Plastic Cleaner"
Works extremely well. Have used nothing else since. I got a 8 oz bottle for around $12-15. I also use this on my DVD's
I have adult children who like my cd collection, but grew up in the post vinyl era and have therefore never learned to hold disc-shaped objects only by the edges. Fingerprint city. Rega cdp, which can be fussy about such things.
I use warm water with dish soap, *very* gently rub with soft cloth, center to edge, rinse very well under warm running water, and lay on a soft absorbent cloth, first one side, then the other. Gentle patting if necessary.
It may not be audiophile approved, but the methed results in clean cds, no scratching or build-up I can detect, and requires no special equipment.
"Water with soft cloth doesn't work, it leaves water spots."
Also if your city has "hard water" it will leave mineral deposits which will cause more error correction. IMHO discs sound better with the most amount of correct reads of lands and pits and as little as possible error correction. This is why discs should be clean and scratch-free.
Shine-Ola is a pure cleaner that leaves no residue and will not break down a discís polymers. It comes with a Micro Fiber Cloth that doesn't scratch the disc.
It's $24.99 at Music Direct.
Don't use orbital cleaners. The reason's because the pits on a cd are arranged in a spiral, just as an vinyl record has a spiral grove. When you clean a cd, there's always a chance of scratching. If you clean in an orbit and you scratch, you'll damage one pit after another, and render the cd unplayable, to the extent that if each pit in a spiral is damaged, even the correction cirtuits in a cd player won't be able to correct.
Instead, clean from one edge to the other, in a straight line. That way, if any scrathcing occurs, it won't knock out a series of pits.
As for the cleaners others have mentioned, I think they're all good. Personally, I've used regular drugstore isopropyl alcohol with Kleanex, and I've never had a problem.
I use a commercial CD Cleaning Set made by AM Denmark A/S, Kokkedal Industripark 6, DK-2980 Kokkedal.
It consists of a jewel case with a circular pad 120mm diameter on which the CD is laid label side down, a circular foam rubber pad 56mm diameter on a plastic base to which a handle is fitted during cleaning, and a bottle of cleaning fluid (that smells like isopropyl alcohol).
The instructions are as follws:
"Cleaning should take place after every fifth replay.
"Put 4-5 drops of cleaning fluid directly onto the cleaning pad.
"Always clean the CD with radial motions - from the middle and out.
Something that I learned when I worked in a hospital laboratory. We hired a company to come in to clean the optics on our microscopes. This included a Zeiss scope that was owned by the chief pathologist. I watched the technicians clean the optics and saw that they used a purple liquid. When I asked them what it was, they told me is was Sparkle glass cleaner. It does not contain any ammonia. They also told me that they use this for cleaning Hasselblad equipment. I use it for cleaning CD's, DVD's and optics. I think that Sparkle glass cleaner is only available in the Midwest.
clean a CD because I am careful not to get it dirty. But, when I do clean one, I only use eyeglass cleaning fluid and eyeglass tissue paper (regular facial tissue can scratch plastic lens, so I bet it can scratch the polycarbonate of a CD). I also make sure that the cleaning motion is radial (i.e., not around in a circle) so that if a rough particle does scratch the CD, the scratch is not along the same direction that the CD is read by the laser. Radial scratches can be quite deep and wide and a CD still can be read, but circular scratches can cause problems.
I use the same spray and cloth that I use on my eyeglasses.
Yes, glass cleaner is good
Not sure this is so good for the surface of CDs. Cleaner for eyeglasses that does NOT contain ammonia might be OK. But not window cleaner!
I usually use a few drops of distilled water and a microfiber cloth (rubbing radially and lightly). This seems to remove stuff from library or used CDs handled by careless fingers.
Actually I use a product called Brillianize. It is a plastic cleaner which is anti static, ammonia free and alcohol free. It comes with a soft lint free cloth. Works really well. Got it on the internet.
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