How To Clean an Optical Disc Player

If your CD or DVD player has become sluggish or is skipping, you may need to clean the lens. Here's how.

You will need

  • A Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Cotton swabs
  • A small screwdriver (optional)

Step 1 Disconnect the player Unplug your disc player and disconnect all the audio cables.

Step 2 Put it on a level surface Put your disc player on a level surface, like a table or desk.

Step 3 Unscrew the cover Remove the screws that secure the cover.

Step 4 Remove the cover Remove the cover.

Step 5 Plug it in Plug the power cable of your disc player into an outlet.

Step 6 Eject the tray Eject your disc player’s tray or carousel, if it has one.

Step 7 Find the lens Locate your player’s laser lens. This should be beneath where the tray or carousel sits when it is closed.

Step 8 Remove cover If your disc player contains a lens cover held in place by screws, remove it with a small screwdriver.

Step 9 Clean the lens Lightly brush the surface of the lens with a cotton swab.

Step 10 Screw on cover Screw the lens cover back into place if applicable.

Step 11 Replace the cover Replace the cover and its screws.

Step 12 Close the tray Close the player’s tray or carousel.

Step 13 Reconnect the player Reconnect the disc player to the rest of the stereo, if necessary. Now rock on.