How to clean borrowed CDs?
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CDs from libraries often show signs of rough handling. They often have dirty surfaces, and surface scratches. Any suggestions on how, or whether to clean them before playing?
 
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Hmm, if the cds are particularly dirty, I use some of those cd wipes. . .
 
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CDs from libraries often show signs of rough handling. They often have dirty surfaces, and surface scratches. Any suggestions on how, or whether to clean them before playing?


Don't clean them up. That's the library's responsibility. Only clean and polish them if you plan on taking them to a used CD store for cash
 
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Don't clean them up. That's the library's responsibility.


I found that my library rarely looks at the CD beyond making sure the cd and inserts match. I have asked them to clean a few that I have borrowed which they gladly did. They said that they appreciated that I didn't do it myself as often as not those that try to clean them do not know what they are doing and end up doing more harm than good.
 
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Don't clean them up. That's the library's responsibility.


I found that my library rarely looks at the CD beyond making sure the cd and inserts match. I have asked them to clean a few that I have borrowed which they gladly did. They said that they appreciated that I didn't do it myself as often as not those that try to clean them do not know what they are doing and end up doing more harm than good.
 
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Would be best if the library does it. Otherwise, one can also need to clean own CDs or CDs bought used. There are several inexpensive cleaning kits on the market. Couldn't be wrong to use one of these if you follow the instructions and do it carefully. I understand that the libraries don't like home made solutions with the wrong solvent, wrong cleaning cloth and wrong technique.
 
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I think it would be usefull to know the proper way to clean cds though, for use on my own collection. Does anyone have any links?
 
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Has anyone tried those cd repair things?
I wonder too.
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there was a thread I recall that discussed various cd cleaning methods. I seem to rememer the Disc Doctor as a recommended method of repairing scratched CD's.

I would clean the surface of a CD, but I would not repair scratches on a CD borrowed from anyone.
 
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