Scratches on a CD do not mean that the disc is no longer useable. Some scratches can be repaired in just a few minutes. With a few household items and some time, you can easily fix a scratched CD.
- Clean the disc with warm water. Make sure your hands are clean before you begin. Then remove dust or any other substance on the CD. Gently rinse the CD with warm water and your fingertips.
- Let the disc air dry. Once the disc is dry, check for scratches. Just cleaning the disc may be all you need to get rid of the scratch. If it wasn’t, continue on to the next step once the disc is fully dry.
- Polish the CD with baking soda and water paste. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of warm water. This slightly abrasive paste will be used to polish the CD. Apply the paste to the CD to lightly polish the disc.
- Work from the inside around to the outside. Do not polish against the disc tracks. Slowly use the paste to polish the disc with gentle strokes.
- Rinse with warm water and let dry. Once you have finished lightly polishing the disc, rinse it with warm water and your fingertips. Let the disc dry again. Do not use a towel or napkin. You might create new scratches if you do.
- Try the disc in a player. Insert the dry disc into a player and test it. It should play for you or access the files you are looking for. If the scratches are too deep, the disc may not be salvageable. If the disc contains important data, consider contacting a professional for data retrieval.
When CDs are not handled with care, they can be easily scratched. The good news is that if you follow these simple steps, you will be able to fix almost any scratched CD.