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Does the label side of a CD need cleaning for better performance?

Hello,
– Does the label side of a CD need cleaning for better performance?

– Does a CD ever become statically charged or magnetically charged ?

Many thanks, J.

Hello J, thanks for your questions.

The label side of a CD does not need to be cleaned. The only case where it would be is if the CD is double-sided. These CDs are uncommon. Usually one side is High-Resolution format and the other side is the Standard format. Slight dirt, like fingerprints on the label side of your CD will not affect performance.

A cd does not become charged under normal operating circumstances. Now, you could purposely statically charge a cd by rubbing it with wool (for some strange reason). In that case, you would then need to rub it with an anti-static brush, or clean it with a slightly damp, lint-free cloth. A cd would not become magnetically charged by the cd player either. We can’t think of anything on a cd that could become magnetically charged. While the reflective layer is a very thin layer of aluminum, aluminum is not magnetic.

Hope this helps!
Christine McCall and Walter Davies