Here are a few tips on how to clean your CD's and DVD discs.
Before you try any of these suggested methods, remember that CD's and DVD discs are very delicate and you may unintentionally damage the shiny reflective surface if you are not very careful how you handle them. To hold the CD/DVD, insert a finger or thumb inside the centre hole of the CD or handle it by the edges but never touch the shiny surface.
If alcohol based products are not available locally, try an on line source such as Amazon and search for Isopropyl Alcohol. Alternatively, use a bottle of Mineral water to clean the dirty CD/DVD surface (normal tap water has higher concentration of salts that may leave white marks on the surface of the disc).
Always wipe the disc surface in a non-radial back-and-forth motion (from the centre hole to the outer edge). Don't follow the concentric circles while cleaning.
There are few CD/DVD polish products in the market that promise to repair the scratched surface of CD's and DVD's. But I am not sure that they are all that effective at the job they are supposed to do. So be careful what you buy!
Note: If you happen to notice a scratch on the surface of your CD or DVD, make a copy of that disc as quickly as possible because sooner or later your CD/ DVD drive may suddenly refuse to read the disc.
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