Here are some suggestions on how to care for your CD’s, at least until they become obsolete.
- DO NOT touch the surface of a CD. Use only the outer edge and the center hole when you need to handle it.
- NEVER wipe a CD in a circular motion. It can, and usually does, cause micro-scratches. If you do not have a CD cleaning kit , available at electronics and music stores, then wipe the disk gently with a soft, water-dampened, lint-free cloth. Start in the center and work your way to the outer edge. Fight the urge to wipe in a circular motion.
- If the CD still skips after you wiped it with a dampened cloth, then combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray the disk lightly. Then, with a dry, soft cloth, wipe it from the center outward in straight strokes.
- There’s a rumor going around that peanut butter will clean CDs. Forget it. We could not find any technician to confirm this crazy idea. Just use the baking soda and water on your disks and be very gentle while wiping them.
Don’t throw out cardboard shoe boxes. Paste attractive, contact paper on them and use them to store your CD’s. If you use clear, see-through, plastic shoe boxes, you can see which CD’s are stored inside without opening them up.