How to Remove Scratches From A CD

By Techwalla Contributor

When it comes to compact discs, CDs, it's hard to keep them perfect. You use them in your car, in your home, and for your computer. The bad thing about CDs is that they can be scratched and scuffed up by everyday use and playback. You can find a lot of cd scratch removers in local stores, but you can also fix scratched discs at home with at-home remedies.

Step 1

For starters, you should always try to keep your CDs clean and protected at all times. It doesn't matter if it's a music disc or computer software discs, you should always keep them in a protective case. If you do have dirt or dust on your CDs, you should run your disc under Luke-warm water and let it air dry. Rubbing your disc against cloth can cause scratching and scuffing.

Step 2

Try to play your CD in different CD players. Some compact disc players can process damaged or older CDs better. It's always a good idea to test it out on a few players before throwing it out completely.Try to rip the data from the damaged CD to your computer. If you can get the data from the disc onto your computer, try burning a new disc with that same data. It's one the best ways to restore information or data that you need.

Step 3

If the two steps above don't work, try repairing the disc yourself. There are tons of at-home cd scratch removal remedies but only a few actually work. One of the most tried and true methods is toothpaste. You must have actual TOOTHPASTE and not gel. Apply a very small amount to cloth and gently rub in a circular motion over the scratched area of the disc. Rinse the disc off with warm water, and let it air dry. After that, test it and see if it will play.

Step 4

You can also use the lamp method. Turn on any lamp with a 60W incandescent filament bulb . Hold the disc with your forefinger on the inner circle and your thumb on the outer edge with the recorded side towards the light. Keep rotating it for about a minute or two. The heat from the light bulb may fuse together the scratch without damaging the disc.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use Brasso in place of toothpaste, but be very careful. Wash your hands after wards.
  • You can take your disc to a professional computer shop and have it cleaned. It will cost around twenty dollars, but usually they can make it work again. At least enough to copy the data.