Learn how to clean a DVD and prolong its playing life. Dirt, dust, scratches, and greasy fingerprints can impede the function of a DVD. Cleaning a DVD with a paper towel can cause further damage to a DVD. Using the proper methods for cleaning a DVD can restore it when it stops playing correctly. Cleaning a DVD is easy and can be done with items commonly found in the home.
To clean a DVD, you will need:
- Microfiber cloth
- Rubbing alcohol
- Ammonia Window cleaner
- Microfiber cloth. One of the best and most universal tools for sensitive cleaning is a microfiber cloth. This is a soft cloth with an extremely dense weave that absorbs greasy fingerprints, dust, dirt, and is water repellent. One common use for microfiber cloth is to clean the lenses of eye glasses. Hold the DVD in one hand with your finger tips holding the outer edges. Rub the microfiber cloth over the DVD surface in the same direction of the laser grooves.
- Rubbing Alcohol. Rubbing alcohol makes a great mild solvent that will remove stick or greasy substances from a DVD. It evaporates quickly and leaves no film or residue on the playing surface of a DVD. Use a clean soft cloth, something made of cotton works best. Gently saturate a corner of the cloth with rubbing alcohol. Begin wiping the DVD clean in a straight line from the center to the outer edge to remove dirt, fingerprints, or anything sticky. Repeat until the entire DVD playing surface is wiped clean.
- Ammonia Window Cleaner. An ammonia based window cleaner works well to clean a DVD because, like rubbing alcohol, it is a mild solvent, evaporates quickly, and leaves no bothersome residue behind. Spray a little ammonia window cleaner on the corner of a soft clean cloth and clean from the center of the DVD to the outer edge. Repeat until the entire DVD is clean.
- Toothpaste. Using toothpaste to clean a DVD may sound unusual, but toothpaste can be used to clean many things like silver. Toothpaste removes tarnish and polishes silver better than commercial silver cleaner. Toothpaste is a mild abrasive cleaner that works perfectly to remove small scratches from a DVD. Place a very small dab of toothpaste directly on the part of the DVD that is scratched. Dip a corner of a soft cloth in water, or use a finger, dilute the toothpaste and gently rub to remove the scratch. This process requires finesse instead of brawn. If you rub too intensely with toothpaste it will further damage the DVD. Rinse with clear water and wipe dry with a soft clean cloth.
Tips and Warnings:
- When removing scratches from a DVD with toothpaste, avoid using extra whitening toothpaste.
- Always keep your finger off the playing surface of the DVD. Fingerprints are greasy and can keep the DVD from playing.