Keep in mind that water alone might not be sufficient to remove all types of dirt, so you might need to use a mild soap solution as well.
Dos and don’ts of washing discs with water
5 step guide to cleaning discs with water
Prepare a cleaning solution: Mix a small amount of mild soap or dishwashing liquid with lukewarm water.
Hold the disc properly: Hold the disc by the edges, avoiding touching the surface with your fingers.
Clean the disc: Gently wipe the surface of the disc with a soft, lint-free cloth dampened with the cleaning solution. Start from the center and move outward in straight lines.
Rinse and remove excess water: Rinse the disc under lukewarm running water to remove any soap residue. Shake off excess water gently while continuing to hold the disc by the edges.
Dry and store the disc: Let the disc air-dry on a clean, lint-free cloth or paper towel, or gently pat it dry with a soft cloth. Once the disc is completely dry, store it in its case or sleeve.
Can I use rubbing alcohol or other cleaning solutions to clean my discs?
You can use isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to clean particularly stubborn dirt or grime, as it evaporates quickly and is less likely to cause damage. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the disc’s surface.
What should I do if my disc is scratched or heavily damaged?
If your disc is scratched or heavily damaged, cleaning it might not be enough to restore its functionality. You can try using a disc repair kit or taking it to a professional disc repair service. Keep in mind that not all scratches can be fixed, and in some cases, the disc might be irreparable.
How can I prevent my discs from getting dirty or damaged in the first place?
To prevent your discs from getting dirty or damaged, always handle them by the edges, avoiding touching the surface with your fingers. Store them in their cases or sleeves when not in use, and keep them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Avoid stacking discs on top of each other or placing them on surfaces where they can accumulate dust and dirt. Regularly clean your disc player’s lens to ensure optimal performance and reduce the risk of damaging your discs.