How to Clean a CD-ROM Drive

by Contributor

If your CD-ROM drive is not recognizing that there is a disc in the drive or your CDs are skipping, it is time to clean the CD-ROM drive. Clean your CD-ROM drive every 3 months to make sure it is free of dust, hair and other debris. Cleaning your CD-ROM drive regularly will lengthen the life of the drive and your CDs.

Open your computer case for cleaning and open the CD tray. The easiest way to clean dust and particles out of your CD-ROM drive is with air. Using a can of compressed air, gently blow air through the front of the tray opening. Do not use too much pressure as it may cause damage to the components.

Buy a CD laser lens cleaning kit. These cleaners are very inexpensive and can be found at electronics stores.

Use the CD-ROM drive cleaning kit as directed. Basically, you need to insert the laser lens cleaner in your drive and then follow the audio instructions carefully. The process takes only a few minutes. The laser lens cleaner will remove dust, particles and debris from your CD-ROM drive.

Put your CD laser lens cleaner back in its case to avoid damage. To clean the CD itself, wipe with a damp, soft, lint-free cloth in a circular motion to avoid scratching the disc. Play your CD as usual.


  • check Clean your CDs and CD-ROM drive regularly to avoid scratching and damage to your components.


  • close Do not use your mouth to blow air into the CD-ROM drive as you may have food particles in your mouth that can damage the drive.

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