These days, CDs have been replaced by a number of other more technologically advanced tools such as the USB and mp3 players. The trend of downloading movies, music and games has also reduced the popularity of CDs. Nonetheless, there are still some CD aficionados out there. To some, CDs have a charming and reminiscent quality to them that many more modern tools do not posses. Regardless of this however, there is one large flaw that all CDs share: scratches. Scratches on CDs are not only easily acquired but also damaging to the CD’s content. Often, even just one scratch on a CD can deem in unreadable by even the most sophisticated devices.
Fortunately, scratches on CDs are not always irreversible. One simply needs to know how to clean scratches in order to restore CDs to what they once were. With a clean, damp cotton ball, go over the entire surface of the CD, both the front and the back side. Make sure to clean away all dust and foreign particles that may have settled into the plastic then pat it dry with a soft cloth. Be sure not to use textured cloths or towels when cleaning CDs as these may cause even more scratches to appear.
The second step makes use of some household glass cleaner. From an appropriate distance, spray the CD with the glass cleaning liquid then rub it gently into the plastic. After this, use another smooth damp cloth to rinse out the glass cleaning liquid then again, pat the surface dry.
For the last step, a tube of toothpaste is required. After applying a small amount of toothpaste on scratched areas of the CD, buff the area using another soft cloth. Be sure to use an ample amount of force when buffing out the scratches but be careful when doing so. After several minutes of moving the rag in small circular motions, rinse the area clean with a bit of water and then pat dry once again.
If the CD still does not play, one can either repeat the previously mentioned method or try a new one. Like toothpaste, baking soda is also a well-known substance used. Mix some baking soda with a few teaspoons of water so that a generously thick paste comes about. After thoroughly cleaning the CD with some water and a clean, soft cloth, apply the baking soda and water mixture to the scratched area. With another soft cloth, rub the baking soda into the CD scratches, buffing them out with every movement of one’s hands. After a few minutes, rinse the baking soda off and dry up the CD.
If these common household materials do not work in your mission to clean scratches, one can visit an appliance store or a hardware store and purchase a CD cleaning kit. Typically however, these household items can get the job done as long as the scratches are not too severe. With a bit of effort and perhaps a bit of experimentation, one’s CD’s will be in perfect store-bought condition once again.