Cleaning CDs and DVDs

Friday, July 25, 2008

The DVDs and CDs from the African-American Museum are still caked with dirt. Most had been in plastic cases, and so Bill and I pitched the covers and dry wiped these. There was a stack, however, that were only in paper sleeves, and so in worse condition. Nervous about putting the CDs and DVDs into water, Nancy tracked down some guidelines for us. We placed them into distilled water and wiped carefully from the center outward — like wheel spokes — not in a circular motion, following the ridges as we had for the records. Again, in order to dry them, we hang them in the paper drying rack at Oakdale. In order not to scratch the surface, we use soft cotton fabric between the surface of the CD/DVD and the marble.