Is cleaning cds a waste of time and money? Does it make any difference?
That would depend on what type of cleaning you are talking about.
Mine never get that dirty and a quick wipe with an e-cloth soon sorts them out.
If you have badly soiled ones then they are extremely hardy and will withstand a mild detergent wash and rise.
What else are you going to do if not clean them? Throw them away?
If you mean that £50 a bottle special magic cleaning fluid then i would say forget it.
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Beer mat? They are not very absorbent and have a hole in the middle! Bird scarers, now that's another matter.
Thanks for the answers. I just wondered if any of these cleaning products actually produced an improvement in sound quality?
The other part is I have some cds i bought used that are a bit dirty, fingerprints etc, they play OK so no need to throw them away.
I can see why you asked. There was a review, in another well known hifi magazine recently, that said all the products they looked at offered an improvement. Personally I have my doubts and sometimes think these reviewers do not have the b**ls to say the a product is rubbish.
That's me being cynical by the way.
However if you think a special fluid and a green marker pen are going to make dramatic sonic improvements then don't let me stop you spending you hard-earned, I think, somehow, that if the green pen made a difference, that the manufacturers of CDs might have cottoned-on by now.
Yes I have read reviews that say they are an improvement but I'm not convinced, did they do blind tests?
Anyway what would be the best way to clean cds if you needed to?
How d'ya mean. Hang em off string like a girlie or skim em like Odd Job ?.
Being serious now for a change. Prolly wash up liquid and under the tap will be near enough , cant really see anything damaging those slivers of devils spawn tbh.
BigH, as I said CD are pretty hardy things and unless badly scratched are usually recoverable. Best to use a damp e-cloth or good old soap and water to remove any greasy deposits.
I would not recommend anything harsher than that.
Oh and if you read the reviews in that magazine you will have seen it was one man's opinion. No blind tesats or even triple-blind!
Then address the reason the thing got dirty/dusty/marked in the first place so you don't have to do it again.
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No need for bird scarers but would they work as cat scarers?
Only if thrown very accurately.
Best piece of advice in this thread, that. I've bought used CDs and looked at the playing-surface in sheer disbelief. I really don't know what people do with CDs. I think they eat off them. Some of my CDs are over 25 years old, they've been played so much that if they were records they'd be knackered, yet most of them have never needed cleaning, ever. Partly I blame slot-loading mechanisms!
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Cleaning CD's? I thought they were good for smearing jam on?
Only if you spread it from the middle out 'like spokes'
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