Sunday, May 22, 2011

How to Remove Scratches from a CD / DVD

  1. Use banana. Take a ripe banana, peel it, and break off a small piece from the fleshy part. Hold the CD with the scratched surface facing upwards on one hand and with the other hand start wiping the banana in a gentle circular motion for about a minute. Get a clean cotton cloth and wipe the residue off. Spray the CD with a glass cleaner and wipe again until the surface shines.
  2. Use toothpaste with baking soda. Squeeze a liberal amount of toothpaste onto the scratch CD and spread all over where the scratches are found. Wash off with warm water to remove any residue. Wipe off to dry. Make sure to wipe from the center of the disc to the rim in a straight line to prevent data loss.
  3. Use chocolate. Melt a piece of chocolate and rub on the CD's scratched surface. You can also use chocolate syrup as alternative. Let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Gently wipe the surface with a soft cotton cloth to dry.
  4. Use ketchup. Squeeze a small amount of ketchup onto the CD. Rub the mixture in small circles to cover the entire surface of the disc. The acidity in the ketchup will buffer out any scratches and dissolve oils and other grimes. Rinse off the disc with warm water then wipe off with a cotton cloth.
  5. Use Vaseline or liquid car wax. Apply a small amount of the product from the center of the CD to the edges. This gives the disc an oil coat, thus temporarily fixing its outer layer. After application, wipe off any excess residue with a soft cotton cloth.
  6. Invest in a CD cleaner. It comes with a complete cleaning solution and a cleaning case with a built-in CD scrubber. There are different types of options you can choose from. Whichever type of CD cleaners you use, these devices are built to get rid of deep scratches from your CD.

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