DVD lens cleaner

  iqs 18:26 20 Apr 2009


I'm after a DVD lens cleaner,well maybe a DVD/CD DVDROM(multi purpose).

I have seen cheap and expensive ones,but which one should I buy?.

Your thoughts please.

Thank you

  Stuartli 18:29 20 Apr 2009

It's unusual to need to use a laser cleaner - the laser is normally only exposed to the environment for short periods at a time when a disk is inserted or removed.

I've never had to use one and my Pioneer 116 DVD-ROM drive, for instance, is about seven years old now.

If you do use one, the quality of the cleaning fluid is the most important factor.

  iqs 18:37 20 Apr 2009

Hi Stuartli,

So I should be looking at a wet cleaning disc,not a dry disc?.

  Stuartli 10:42 21 Apr 2009

If you must use a laser lens cleaner, then yes.


Until about 18 months ago, when I decorated the front room (where my computer system is based) I'd always smoked whilst surfing or working.

I go outside now, but in all that time I've never had any problems with optical drives not working properly; it did take some time to clean up the system case and monitor though after the decorating (thank goodness for Cif!)

  iqs 20:38 21 Apr 2009

Hi gazzaho and Stuartli.

My equipment has never been exposed to smoke,and I clean all my AV equipment every couple of days.So there should be no need to clean the lens??????.

Its just a few DVD's have at times produced a broken image.
So I thought perhaps the lens might need a dust.

I will probably purchase a wet disc cleaner,I have seen some named brands for around a tenner.

Will buy and use it next I have problems with a DVD.

Thanks again for your help

  Stuartli 21:10 21 Apr 2009

Sony, Maxell etc offer such cleaners for under a fiver, depending on outlet.

  iqs 18:18 22 Apr 2009

Noted,thanks again

  Stuartli 18:34 22 Apr 2009

The CD disk used for the cleaning routine normally has a very tiny brush incorporated into the surface - as the disk goes round, the brush (plus the cleaning fluid applied to it) sweeps the laser lens of any deposits.

  Stuartli 22:55 22 Apr 2009

Have a look at:

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CD lasers use a wavelength of 790nm and DVD 655nm, so you will appreciate that the working distance between the laser and the disk surface is miniscule.

One reason why I avoid such products and never attempt to clean them myself.

I might consider a very soft paintbrush or clean air aerosol if it absolutely came to the push...:-)

  Stuartli 10:00 23 Apr 2009

That is the point I was trying to convey..:-)

  Stuartli 12:08 23 Apr 2009

See my above posting from Tuesday morning.

By the way, it won't "seriously damage" your CD/DVD lenses, but it could cause a coating of nicotine if the tray is always open...:-)

That would bring a requirement for cleaning.

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