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Old 12-18-07, 02:24 PM   #1
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CD/DVD Cleaner..............

I have been looking for a gift for a friend who is almost housebound and who watches a lot of movies and was wondering if there is a good device for cleaning CD/DVD's?

It has to be pretty self contained because of his health issues.

Thanks for any ideas.
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Old 12-18-07, 02:42 PM   #2
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I clean my DVD's* with the fog of my breath and my shirt. (seriously) I wouldn't waste money on such a device. Standard def DVD players are cheaper than cheap. Buy him a new one if you are concerned. Better yet, don't get concerned until that one quits.

* (My DVD's don't normally get scratched or damaged. So i should say i clean rental DVD's this way.)
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Old 12-18-07, 05:19 PM   #3
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Go to a tropical fish store. The acrylic tanks have to be cleaned on the outside surface. Fish hobbyists are real particular about how their tanks look. Try "Kleenmaster Brillianize". Its cheaper than eyeglass cleaners.
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Old 12-18-07, 06:10 PM   #4
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You can find CD-DVD (Disc and machine) cleaners at x-Mart, electronics stores and they run about $10 to $15. It's worth the purchase price. You can also get the
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I have been looking for a gift for a friend who is almost housebound and who watches a lot of movies and was wondering if there is a good device for cleaning CD/DVD's?

It has to be pretty self contained because of his health issues.

Thanks for any ideas.
go to a musical instrument store, buy a nice microfiber cloth. Planet Waves makes a killer one, but if you end up with those crappy thin ones, get two. Breathe onto the disc and wipe radially, from the hub to the rim of the disc...never rub rotationally, as that can cause scratches along the tracks, which WILL screw things up. This is the method most of my family uses, and it works very well.

Alternatively (especially good for one who cannot breathe well enough for my first option) you can use those eyeglass cleaner kits with the pack of papers and the pump bottle.

Scratch removal is a whole other turkey...I can do it, but I sure as hell hate doing it..it also leaves the disc even more prone to scratches since I have to remove the protective layer to remove the scratch...scratch removal is a last resort.
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Old 12-18-07, 09:12 PM   #6
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Best way to clean CD/DVDs is with plain old soap and water, then use a nice microfiber cloth like mentioned above.
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Old 12-19-07, 01:05 PM   #7
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Thanks folks for all the replies. I am going to look at the options but my friend has some sort of Parkinson's type syndrome so his movements are limited and getting more so every.

As a photographer I carry a micro fiber cloth all the time but I was really looking for something more machine like to clean and polish(?) those Blockbuster DVD's that come in the mail looking like someone threw them in a blender.

It might also be time for a new DVD player. Thanks again and Merry Christmas.
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I got a skip doctor like 5 years ago. It holds the disk, you spray purified water on the disk and then rotate the handle. It has a wheel with a like rubber band on it that spins and cleans from the inside out. You then buff it clean with a microfiber cloth.

It worked great and fixed even deeply scratched disks. Although you had to spin it by hand like 1000 times. not sure if that would work for him.

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Jynx,

Thanks for the input. I did find one that is AC powered but it is almost $50 so I have decided to get him a 'throw' that he can use to keep himself warm with as he watches tv.

Thanks again and Merry Christmas.
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