How to Clean a CD Player

By Jerel Jacobs

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.

Things You'll Need

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

Cleaning your CD player

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 4

Take a new cotton swab and moisten it with ethanol.

Step 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.

Step 6

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 9

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

Tips & 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!