Collecting discs may be a dying trade but there are a handful of people who still enjoy the novelty of physical discs. Whether you are purchasing discs for the quality or to support the movie, it is always necessary to maintain it with proper cleaning. Here are a few tips on cleaning you CDs, DVDs or Blu-Ray.
It is recommended to utilize a microfiber cleaning cloth or cotton on CDs and DVDs that are non-abrasive. This is because; CDs and DVDs are easily scratched which causes the data in it to become unreadable. For smudges, fingerprints or dirt, water is usually enough as a cleaning agent.
On the other hand, Bly-Ray discs can be simply cleaned with a soft cloth as it is less prone to data being unreadable due to scratches as it has a harder coating. If you would like a more a thorough cleaning, a mild detergent can be used as well.
Cleaning the discs
Once you have prepared the necessary cleaning tools, it is important for the discs to be cleaned in a certain pattern. It is always advisable to avoid holding the discs on the playing surface as it may cause further smudges and damage. Properly hold the disc from the outer edges by placing your index finger in the middle ring and thumb on the outer ring. If you decide to use detergent, always avoid spraying directly onto the disc. Instead, you should spray it on a cloth before cleaning the disc.
There is a specific pattern of cleaning the disc to prevent any further damages to it. Rather than moving the cloth in circular patterns, wipe the disc from the centre first while moving towards the outer edges. As for Blu-ray discs, it should also never be wiped in circular patterns.
Drying and maintaining the discs
After cleaning your discs, it is time to dry it before placing it back into the casing. Whether if you are using water or detergent, it is important to wipe off the cleaning agent from the surface of the discs with a dry cloth. If you feel that your discs are still not clean, you may repeat the process until it is thoroughly cleaned. Once you are satisfied with how the disc looks, it is crucial that it is completely dried before attempting to place it in the disc player or any electronic devices. To safely store your discs, place them on a rack with their original casings. Over time your discs may accumulate dust and other debris, so it is advisable to routinely clean it. This is because; if you maintain your disc every so often, it can last for a very long time.