How to Clean a CD Player

Written by jerel jacobs
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Cleaning a CD player is a simple and easy procedure. Cleaning your CD player on a regular basis will keep it playing like new for years to come.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • 95% Ethanol
  • Lubricant that is safe for electronics (e.g., WD-40)
  • Cotton swabs

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    Cleaning your CD player

  1. 1

    Make sure the player is empty, and either disconnect the power cord from the unit or unplug it from the wall socket.

  2. 2

    Locate the screws that are holding the unit together and carefully remove them with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Once the screws and cover are removed, they can be set aside.

  3. 3

    Apply a small amount of your lubricant to a cotton swab and gently grease the movable parts inside the CD player; primarily, the rails that the CD laser moves on. This should be done gently and carefully. Excessive force or scrubbing action is unnecessary.

  4. 4

    Take a new cotton swab and moisten it with ethanol.

  5. 5

    Locate the lens of the CD player and gently clean it with the cotton swab moistened in ethanol. A few swipes across the surface of the lens are sufficient.

  6. 6

    Allow any ethanol left on the CD-player lens after cleaning to evaporate.

  7. 7

    Reaffix the cover and secure it back to the chassis of the CD player by tightening the screws back into place using a screwdriver.

  8. 8

    Reattach the power cord or plug the unit back into the wall. Turn the CD player on without a CD inside to allow it to self-check and reorient the laser.

  9. 9

    After a few seconds, your CD player will be ready to play.

Tips and warnings

  • Before you reattach the CD player cover, make sure you haven't left anything inside.
  • Never attempt to clean or otherwise operate on an electronic device that is still plugged in!

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