Good, bad and unexpected of Military life.
If you have ever lost a favorite music CD to scratches or accidentally broken one, you obviously know how much it hurts. But the heartburn caused from the loss of favorite disc can be avoided. Here are a few tips to help you protect your prized music collection of CDs and DVDs safe and intact…
PROPER STORAGE AND HANDLING:
When handling, always keep your fingers off the playable(shiny) side of the disc. When not in use, ensure that CDs are stored securely in their jewel case, affixing the disc firmly on the holder at the centre. Also, make sure they are not exposed to direct sunlight, excessive heat or moisture. Avoid placing heavy objects over your CDs to prevent stress damage. Replace cracked/broken jewel case so that your disc remain unscathed.
First, wipe all the fingerprints and dust from the CD’s surface and make sure that it is absolutely dry and clean. Then, apply some toothpaste(the gel variety e.g. closeup, does not work for this) on a soft cloth and gently rub it along the length of the scratch to bug it away. After a while, you will notice that the scratch has almost disappeared. When you’re happy with results, rinse the CD with distilled water and gently wipe it dry.
It’s always a good idea to digitally backup(or ‘rip’) your music collection. Broadly speaking, there are two types of audio compression – lossy and loss-less – that can be employed when backing up your CDs. It is a must to ensure that your collection is intact!
1. To wipe accidental fingerprints or dust from the CD’s surface always use a clean, dry, microfiber cloth; preferably the fine variety designed for cleaning spectacles.
2. If you must, clean your discs using distilled water. Do not use tap water, household detergents, organic solvents like acetone or bezene. In extreme cases, if the sic has a stain, rinse lightly with distilled water, then buff softly with the cloth. Place it back in its jewel case only after it is dry.
3. When cleaning CDs always wipe in a straight line, starting from the center and moving outwards. Do not wipe in circular motions (although it ay seem like best way to wipe) as this may cause scratches that can make the disc skip.
4. If possible, buy a cleaning CD cleaning kit for stubborn stains and dust. A proper kit is abetter way of cleaning your CDs.
5. Never dry your CDs with paper products like toilet paper, facial tissue, or paper towels. These leave little traces of paper and your CDs scratched.