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How To Repair CD Scratches – Tip Sheet

There are plenty of tips found online for how to clean and fix CDs, some debunked and some debunking the debunkers (oy!). Here is a list of three methods (light, moderate and extreme) that should cover all the bases.

First Step: Getting It Clean

ExampleWash the discs with your fingers using a little detergent or rubbing alcohol, don’t use a sponge since it can mar the surface. Rinse with water, shake off and allow dry.

Once it’s completely dry, try playing it. If it works, you’re in luck! If not, move on to the methods below.


Your goal is to buff or work out the damaged areas, not fill them. To do that you’ll likely need to work in circular motions, but doing so may create new light scratches so you’ll need to repair those as you go. If you can manage to work them out by simply moving in an inner to outer motion (from the center of the disc to the outer edge, no circular motion), that would be ideal but it’s not feasible in all situations.