18th Feb 2004

Cleaning and Careing for your DVD’s

Okay, we have all enjoyed watching movies on DVD! Yet, just like every other electronics device that you own, it must be cared for and maintained if you want it to last.
Therefore, we felt it was time to provide a little article on how to care for those DVD’s that have brought you so much entertainment. Sorry folks, but it’s time to clean!

The Basics of Caring for Your DVD

In a perfect world, we could just drive our cars, play our stereos, live in our homes and never have to worry about cleaning or maintenance. Yet, this is not a perfect world and we need to care for things if we want them to last. DVD’s are no exception.

Yes DVD’s are laser read, which can make them somewhat durable to things like dust, dirt, scratches and fingerprints. Yet, this is only to a certain extent, and some scratches and contaminants can cause damage to the data on the disc. Listed below are some basic rules or tips to follow if you want your DVD titles to last.

These are our Tender Loving Care Tips, for DVD:

  1. Avoid touching the shiny part of the DVD: Only pick up the disc holding the middle hole and/ or the outer edge of the DVD (see the image to the right).
  2. When you are not using the DVD, keep it in a case: Try to fight the temptation to leave them lying unprotected on the table or on top of the DVD Player (or PC). The disc came with a cover for a reason.
  3. Its playback features may be flexible, but the disc isn’t: Do not bend in any way.
  4. DVD’s are shiny enough, so they don’t need a tan: Keep them away from direct sunlight or excessive heat.
  5. Look out for other sources of damage: Keep discs away from very young children, pets, and anything else that could cause them damage. The Cleaning Steps Okay, so you followed the care tips but still something happened to one of your DVD’s.

What now?

Here are some cleaning tips that should help you out:

  1. Never use STRONG cleaning agents: Stay away from using cleaners with things like acids, solvents or abrasives.
  2. If you are going to clean, be GENTLE: Use a soft cloth (that is damp, not wet) and lightly wipe the surface area of the disc from the center section outwards (see the image on to the left)). DO NOT wipe in a circular motion because data is recorded on the DVD in a circular fashion, and thus cleaning in this way could cause small scratches. This may cause errors on the disc.
  3. For more difficult to clean projects, use water and mild soap: This is for situations where the above-mentioned techniques do not work. Use water and a little bit of mild soap, let it sit for a minute, and then wipe off.
  4. If this still doesn’t work, try commercial products: There are several different DVD cleaning agents on the market that you can use (such as DVD Quickshield