Learn how to clean a blu ray disc so you can watch your favorite Blu-Ray over and over again without fear.


Imagine this...

 

You’re relaxing on your couch at home.  The lights are low and you are munching away on some buttered popcorn.  The speakers boom as your favorite movie reaches the critical climax of the plot and…then the movie stops, buffers, and skips to the next scene.  You are left on the edge of your seat with popcorn falling out of your mouth and a sense of disappointment.

 

Sound familiar?  Of course, it does.

 

We all have that one Blu-Ray Disc that we have played so many times that the back looks like it has been mauled by a hungry toddler.  Fingerprints, dust, and who knows what else can prevent a disc from being read properly by your Blu-Ray player. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can follow to clean that Blu-Ray disc to pristine condition.

 

For a disc that is not smeared in fingerprints, or butter from your previously mentioned popcorn, and may just be a little dusty:

 

No cleaning solutions are necessary to clean disc that is simply dusty. The following steps should get it back to working order in no time.

Locate a proper cleaning tool

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One of the best ways on how to clean a blu ray disc is to use a screen-friendly microfiber cloth, like the ones that come with your standard smartphone or laptop.  If you do not own a screen-safe cloth, the microfiber cloths used for cleaning reading glasses are a wonderful substitute.

 

Worst case scenario, if you do not have any of the above items, a clean t-shirt works wonders.  Just be sure that the shirt is clean and free of any debris to prevent scratching while cleaning your disc.

Wipe the disc down using circular motions

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Be sure to start at the center of the disc and work in circles moving outward towards the edges.  This motion prevents any scratching and pulls particles from the center of the disc to the edge to be wiped away cleanly.

 

What do you do if your cloth left those little “fuzzies” all over your disk?  Not to fear.  Choose a new type of cloth that is not prone to creating lint. Then, simply exhale onto the disc, almost as though you were trying to gently say “ha”.  After you exhale, you can re-wipe the surface with your new lint-free cleaning cloth.

Carefully place the disc back into your Blu-Ray player

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Be extremely careful not to touch the disc’s playing surface with your fingers while placing it back into your Blu-Ray player or you will ruin all of your hard work.

 

For a disc that is smeared in a mess of fingerprints and who knows what else:

 

If the disc is still not functioning properly, it could still be dirty and will require a little more effort to be cleaned completely.  Try these steps for a deeper clean.

Tip 1: Exhale

Tip 2: Water

What NOT to Use to Clean a Blu-Ray Disc

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No matter what you may have heard, do NOT use any “miracle cures” to clean your Blu-Ray Discs. Some of the more commonly named miracle cures include; toothpaste, paint thinner, or nail polish remover.  These products will not clean your Blu-Ray Disc and are likely to cause damage to the disc that can be irreversible.

Be Sure to Use the Right Case

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Remember to always return your Blu-Ray discs to their original case.  It is not recommended to store your discs in any case other than the factory case the disc came in, as storing them in an improper case can damage the disc. The factory case serves as a protective barrier to the outside world and will prevent dirt, grime, and sharp objects from ruining movie night.