How To Clean CDs That Skip [Step By Step]

Do you have a CD that skips or will not play because it is dirty? Don’t worry, there is a way to clean it and make it work like new again. You will need a few things though before you begin:

  1. rubbing alcohol
  2. a soft cloth
  3. cotton swabs
  4. water

How to clean a CD or DVD that skip?

1. Take the cotton swab and dip it in the rubbing alcohol.

First of all, take a cotton swab and dip it in the rubbing alcohol. This will help clean the dirt and dust off of the CD.

Make sure that you only use the part of the swab that you would use to clean your ears because one end has cottoned on it and the other does not. That way, you do not contaminate the rubbing alcohol with earwax.

2. Wipe off all of the dust and dirt from the CD.

After dipping the cotton swab in rubbing alcohol, make sure that all of the dirt is removed from it. You should wipe off every spot on the CD so that no more dust or grime remains on it.

Do this until there are no blemishes left at all; only a perfectly clear disc will work properly again. When you have wiped away all of the visible grime from it, set aside for now.

3. Pour a small amount of water onto the cloth.

Next, pour a small amount of water onto the cloth. Make sure that it is not dripping wet, but rather just enough so that the cloth is damp.

4. Wipe off the CD again with the water-soaked cloth.

Now, take the cloth and wipe off the CD once more. This will help remove any of the alcohol that may be left on it from cleaning it before. By doing this, you are ensuring that no streaks or smudges will remain on the surface after drying.

5. Let the CD air dry completely before using it again.

Finally, let the CD air dry before using it again. If you try to play it before it is completely dry, it may still skip. Once it is totally dry, however, it should work perfectly once more.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Will this work for all kinds of CDs?

A. As long as your CD is not broken, it should work with all kinds of discs. However, you may want to test it first on a blank disc before using something that has irreplaceable data on it if you are unsure about the results.

Q. Will this damage my CD in any way?

A. No, it will not damage your CD at all. It may be a little bit wet when you go to use it again, but that is nothing too major; plus there are no chemicals involved in the process besides rubbing alcohol, which is very mild.

Q. Is there anything else I need to know?

A. You do not want to use paper towels or tissue paper instead of cloth because they can scratch up the surface of the disc and ruin it completely after cleaning some debris from it with them once before tossing them aside.

Also, if you have a major smudge on your CD that just will not wipe off for some reason, try covering it with a tiny drop of toothpaste. Rub the paste around gently with your finger and then rinse it off with water. Buff it dry with a cloth when you are finished.

Q. How do I know when the CD is dry?

A. You can check to see if it is dry by touching the surface of it with your fingertip. If you are unable to feel any dampness at all, then you are ready to use it again. If there is any moist feeling on it or even moisture beads, however, let it air out for another fifteen minutes before using again.


By following these steps exactly, your CDs should work perfectly again in no time! All you have to do now is find a place where you can store them so that they are protected from dust or debris until their next use.

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