How to Clean a CD Player

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.

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Keep your CD player working like new.

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

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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.

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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.

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Take a new cotton swab and moisten it with ethanol.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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