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How do you clean a DVD? - April 7th 2011, 05:45 PM

I've been trying to watch Waterloo Road Series 1 on DVD for days. Problem is loads of scenes keep skipping I think the discs are just dirty, there don't seem to be any scratches on them.

How could I safely clean a DVD?


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Re: How do you clean a DVD? - April 7th 2011, 06:08 PM

Use warm water and dish soap and, with your fingers, gently scrub the disc. When you're satisfied that it's clean enough, use a soft clean cloth to dry it, wiping from the center out.
   
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Re: How do you clean a DVD? - April 7th 2011, 06:18 PM

I think places like Blockbusters might do it for you, they have a machine and if you ask, for a price which I can't imagine being much, they may clean it for you? Other then that, I usually just breathe on them (if you get me) and wipe them with a cloth or something.
   
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Re: How do you clean a DVD? - April 7th 2011, 08:13 PM

Breath and a cloth or your clothes work. It's pretty easy, and that's what I do.


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Re: How do you clean a DVD? - April 7th 2011, 10:40 PM

Does anyone in your family wear glasses? The clothe to wipe glasses lenses is perfect for wiping anything delicate. Depending on what you're wearing, your clothes might cause scratches.
   
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Re: How do you clean a DVD? - April 8th 2011, 01:27 AM

If there aren't any scratches on the disk, then I think using a soft cloth should work. There may just be some dust on it.


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Re: How do you clean a DVD? - April 8th 2011, 03:37 AM

You can buy commercial products from places like HMV, labelled 'CD cleaning kit', they'll come with some non-corrosive cleaning material and lint free cloth. Remember, always wipe from the centre outwards.
Also, there's some high street stores that'll do it for you for a small charge. This may or may not be a "small" charge, but I've never used the service before, so it might be reasonable .




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Re: How do you clean a DVD? - April 8th 2011, 07:00 AM

Thanks guys I tried wiping it with a cloth but still no luck, I'll take it to HMV next time I'll go


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Re: How do you clean a DVD? - April 8th 2011, 07:15 AM

1 It could be the disc--there are many different ways to clean a disk, but be careful what types of cloth you use to wipe it!! There are machines that you can try too, but make sure to read directions/reviews.
2 It could be your player--have you tried playing it in a different machine than with the one that skips? See if it is just that player. Also, certain players can get dirty. You should see how the specific brand/model that you have should be cleaned.


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Re: How do you clean a DVD? - April 8th 2011, 08:01 AM

I've tried it in my DVD/TV combo and my laptop, the same scenes keep skipping.


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Re: How do you clean a DVD? - April 8th 2011, 08:55 PM

If you go to a video rental store they have disk cleaning machines that will make the disk work like new. Its costs about $8 for 10 minuets and it comes out perfect. I’d recommend doing that if it’s scratched or skipping like you said. Other then that maybe try a soft cloth.
   
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Re: How do you clean a DVD? - April 9th 2011, 05:11 AM

One thing to keep in mind Ceilidh. Do the light test first to see if it's even worth it. Basically, hold the disk up against a source of light and if any light shines through any of the cracks, then the disc is, to use the colloquial vernacular, fubar-ed ^^;




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Re: How do you clean a DVD? - April 9th 2011, 11:13 AM

i usually clean my dvds with a baby wipe



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Re: How do you clean a DVD? - April 9th 2011, 01:36 PM

Have you heard of Brasso? It's a brass polish. Using a few drops of that with very soft cloth, like the cloth people use to clean their spectacles, really works. Tried and tested.


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Re: How do you clean a DVD? - April 9th 2011, 02:16 PM

Well, have you checked your DVD player? Sometimes the DVD players need cleaning. You can get a laser disc/ DVD cleaning disc for an electronics store.

Or you can try cleaning the DVD using a little toothpaste and rub it gently on the disc with your fingertips and then wash it in water. Afterwards, wipe it with a clean soft cloth. That's what I do.
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Re: How do you clean a DVD? - April 10th 2011, 03:39 AM

Since this is occurring in multiple devices it definitely isolates the problem to the disc itself. If none of the suggestions work to clean the disc it could be that the data was not burned to the disc properly, therefore requiring a replacement. It happens rarely but it can occur from time to time.
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