A flurry of responses on the discussion list prompts me to add this post. Thanks for your answers!
What do you use to clean your DVD collection?
We hand clean every disc as it comes back in with the disc cleaner and disc restorer solutions from Demco. If the discs are too marred to play we use a Disc-Go-Pod to resurface them. It’s effective and and inexpensive machine. The downside is that the machine must be emptied and cleaned after every use. So we polish once a month and let the damaged discs stack up.
- We use a really cool disc repair machine for our CDs and DVDs. It has been worth every penny. The company we bought our machine from was RTI (website = rtico.com). We purchased the Disc Repair System. They usually run a special on these machines at the TLA Conference. They allow you to get the machine in April/May and not have to pay until Ocober if you don’t have funds in your current fiscal year.
- For routine cleaning we used a soft cloth & alcohol; for PbJ and other sticky stuff, wipe with a mild solution of water and dishwashing liquid. The cleaning machines are great, but expensive.
- We use RTI’s Eco Senior. It is expensive but worth every cent if you have a large collection. It saves discs that would otherwise have to be thrown away. I knew a video store owner who had one and charged people $3 a disc to run their personal CD’s and DVD’s through. It helped pay for it, and I suspect a library could put such a charge into place if they had it on their fee schedule or else had the Friends group do it.
- Check with your local Video Stone. They were upgrading to BlueRay and we brought their DVD cleaning machine $100. and if came with supplies for over 2 years. I have a volunteer that he does all the cleaning, it works great.
- We use Memorex OptiFix Pro. It works ok in cleaning but not for repairing.
- We use a simple Memorex OptiFix pro machine. It’s not great but it does help some.