How to Clean a DVD Player

A DVD player is a complex piece of electronic equipment. It works by using a laser to read data on a rapidly spinning disc. Although it uses sophisticated technology, a DVD player may malfunction if it is exposed to common contaminants such as dust and hair. If these particles get inside the DVD player, a variety of problems may develop, such as stopping, skipping or not being able to read DVDs at all. You can restore your DVD player to proper working order by giving it a thorough cleaning.

Laser lens and DVD holder
The inside of a DVD drive in a DVD player.
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Turn off the DVD player. Unplug the power cord and disconnect all audio and video cables.

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Wipe the outside of the DVD player with a dry microfiber cloth to remove dust from the surface of the device. Pay close attention to the areas around the vents as well as the audio and sound cable connectors in the back.

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Secure the small nozzle attachment to your vacuum hose. Vacuum the areas around the vents on the DVD player to remove any dust that has collected on or inside the vents.

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Place the nozzle no more than a half-inch inside the DVD slot opening, and don't force it. Vacuum inside the DVD player to remove accumulated dust and debris.

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Moisten a cotton swab with a bit of rubbing alcohol – do not soak. Open the DVD slot with your finger and wipe the DVD player head, located at the top of the player, and the laser, located at the bottom, with the cotton swab. Be gentle, as the interior of the DVD player contains sensitive components that can easily be loosened or damaged.

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Wait 10 minutes before reconnecting the power and other cables to the DVD player to allow the alcohol to fully evaporate.