You need not clean your DVD player too often. So, you can just clean it lightly about once a week. However, make sure you do clean it every two to four weeks.
Moreover, you may be inclined to give it a good dusting when it starts having problems in reading the data on the discs.
As for cleaning the disc itself, you can wipe it gently with a soft, clean, lint-free cloth from the hole located at the center straight out to the rim of the disc and then back again.
How to Clean Your DVD Player
Steps for Cleaning
- Remove any discs from the DVD player.
- Unplug the device and place it on a workbench or any other counter convenient for cleaning.
- Wipe the top part of the DVD player with a soft cloth. Preferably, use a microfiber cloth as it is excellent for lint-free cleaning. Clean the front and side of the DVD, too. Do not dust the back of the device, though.
- If the dry cloth does not remove all the dust then you may wipe the top, front, and side of your DVD player with a slightly damp cloth. To remove debris from the nooks and crannies, you may use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.
- Clean the underside of the player with a dry cloth. In case there is dirt at the back of the player, you can carefully rub a dry cloth around the screws and ports instead of simply wiping the entire area.
- To get rid of dust accumulated around the vents and the disc tray, spray a can of compressed air into the vents. You may use a vacuum cleaner, too.
- Finally, connect the DVD player again to your TV and the power outlet.
If your DVD player is having severe problems while playing discs, you may be tempted to clean the laser lens of the player. There are two options for cleaning the lens.
The first method involves disassembling the device and unscrewing the top cover screws and then cleaning the glass bubble-like lens with compressed air and a cotton swab dipped in a small amount of 91% isopropyl alcohol.
You may use a camera lens cleaner as well. If you do not have a can of compressed air, consider using a hair dryer set on cool.
The second method is much simpler as it merely requires the use of a commercial lens cleaning kit. Most DVD player user manuals, however, warn against the use of these lens cleaners.
Basically, the lens cleaner is a regular CD or DVD with a tiny brush attached to its playing side. It is meant to remove the dust and dirt from the lens. On the downside, it can randomly move the dust onto the lens or around the inside of the player.
Moreover, do not attempt manual cleaning of the lens if the warranty period for the device has not expired because the act of removing the top cover of the DVD player yourself shall make the warranty null and void.
So, in case your DVD player is experiencing problems then it is better to get it checked at an authorized repair facility.
- Avoid cleaning your DVD player, especially the area around the vests, with a duster; it may push the dust further inside.
- Make it a habit to blow the dust off the disc before playing your favorite CD or DVD. At times, discs tend to collect lint and grit that can be cleaned using an optical cleaning solution and a soft clean cloth. Remember to clean the disc from the center straight out to the rim as it can tolerate light scratches at right angles to the data stream. Do not clean the disc in a circular motion.
- When using canned air to clean the laser lens, make sure you hold it upright to avoid spraying the liquid nitrogen on the area. Do not touch the lens with your fingers.
- In case you are using a lens cleaner then make sure you do not play it more than once at a time, or else it is likely to scratch the lens.
- To avoid dust from getting inside the DVD player, you may buy a dust cover.