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What is the correct method to clean CD’s/DVD’s ?

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When a CD or DVD has a little of dust, what is the correct method to clean it without damage it ?
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by:Gary Case
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You can buy a commercial CD cleaner ... but it's perfectly safe to simply use a clean, lint-free cloth with a bit of water and just wipe the disc in a circular motion.   Be sure it's dry before you put it in your CD drive.
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... here's one of the commercial cleaners:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16882125126
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kianhow earned 750 total points
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Simply just get the cloth that normally used to clean spectacle glass will be good enough.
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I have had the best luck with, low and behold, Windex and a lint-free cloth.  This is actually the method we used while I worked at a 'popular' (not showing name) video chain.  We let it soak in for about 10 seconds, then as mentioned above, wiped clean and dry in a circular direction.  I've had 1 CD/DVD NOT work with this method, as the scratches were too deep, and a >$20 CD Doctor worked the scratch out.  Tried and true method.
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Sorry, edit of comment above, DO <B>NOT</B> WIPE IN A CIRCULAR DIRECTION!!!!  The laser reads in the circular direction, therefore if you clean in a circular direction, it will scratch along those readable lines (this is also evident if you look at the way a CD Doctor works.. it rubs in an up-and-down manner.)  Wipe from the middle upwards...
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Thank you!
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