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How To Get Rid Of Scratches On a CD

Gone are the days when you have to buy or rent VHS tape to watch your favorite movie. You do not even need that big floppy disk anymore for saving your important files. Thanks to compact discs or CD’s, every movie, music or document can now be saved in just a small and portable material. While the use of CD’s has helped people from around the world when it comes to entertainment and profession, and other fields, it also has some disadvantages as well.

Compact discs are made of polycarbonate plastic. This plastic surface is where the digital data are recorded. Once you play a CD, the laser mechanism of CD player operates to read the digital data in the disc. Because of constant use, CD’s can easily get damaged. Every time you play it, there is a risk that it will get scratched. Scratches on CD are no minor problem because these scratches can hinder CD readers to read and process your CD contents. So if you need to present something to your boss and the files are saving in a scratched CD, you just hope that he will be successful in opening it. To avoid unwanted situations where your CD becomes unreadable, here are some things you can do to get rid of scratches on CD.

Wipe it off

Small CD scratches can easily be remedied using cotton hanky or sponge. First, find a piece of cloth or sponge with very fine and soft fabrics or materials. Note that fabrics like linen and other abrasive ones will just contribute in making the scratches on your CD worse, so find one that is smooth like silk or soft cotton; eyeglass sponge can do good as well. Next step is to moisten this piece of cloth or sponge with a bit of water. Then, gently wipe the CD’s surface with it in circular motions. By just doing this, most of the dirt and light scratches should come off already. After cleaning the CD, dry the surface using the dry portion of your cloth or sponge.

Use the CD cleaner

Most CD’s come with CD cleaners. If you do not have this, you can buy a CD cleaning set from computer or music stores. CD cleaners have a special formula that is designed specifically for cleaning CD’s. So for those stubborn scratches, use an advanced CD cleaner instead of just plain water and cloth. There are two popular types of CD cleaner. There is the stick-on and CD solution.

Stick-on CD cleaner

If you are using stick-on CD cleaners, all you have to do is get a film and lay it flatly on the CD’s surface. Gently press the film around the area with scratches. Then, slowly pull the film from the CD. Stick-on CD cleaners are good enough to remove moderately deep scratches.

Cleaning solutions and scrubber

If you are dealing with deep scratches on CD, instead of using stick-on removers, you should choose using cleaning solutions instead because these are more powerful. Simply apply the solution on the CD’s surface and gently wipe it using fine-fibered cloth. Other CD cleaning solutions come with cleaning case and built-in scrubber. If you have this, just apply the solution and put the CD on the cleaning case. Just turn on the built-in scrubber and it will automatically clean your CD in just a matter of a few minutes.

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