Have you ever find your CD’s bathing in scores or marks? And have you ever wish you could restore them back to their original playing condition? We can’t avoid the possibility that owning a CD or DVD, one has to deal with scratched up, unreadable media. As with all other types of media, degradation is inevitable over time. Environmental conditions, humidity storage parameters, light exposure, moisture, organic solvents, etc. are some of the factors that affect our CD’s and DVD’s.But of course, there are some steps that can be taken to help prevent damage, like proper handling to make them reliable for many decades.
Probably most of us thought that most fragile side of a CD is the laser side, right? But we are definitely wrong since it is the label side that is most vulnerable to scratches. This side is the nearest to the reflective coating that takes care of the recording.This coating is vital to the functioning of the disc and consists of only a thin lacquer protection. The laser side on the other hand is protected by a thicker plastic coating that’s designed to minimize scratches. However, if you ever owned a scratched and non-functioning CD’s right now, don’t throw them out because you can restore them back. The scratches can actually be removed using some simple home remedies. We should be grateful, compact discs are not affected by the plastic coating and magnetic fields on each side of the disc and CD’s are resistant to spilled drinks, fingerprints, and other contamination.
Did you know that whitening toothpaste can do the cleaning and polishing of CDs, the same service it can do on your teeth? Yes, toothpaste works wonders, and you won’t spend a fortune buying professional cleaning kits.
The Toothpaste Method:
Start by cleaning the surface with a soft cloth. Then squeeze a smidgen of paste on the CD and rub it in using a straight sweeping motion with your finger from the center outwards.
If the CD is badly scratched, you may want to rub the toothpaste around the radius of the circle several times. Once finished, let the toothpaste dry to the touch. Hold the CD under your sink with running water and gently rub the tooth paste off then gently dry it with a clean, soft cloth.
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