How to Clean a Laptop CD Lens

by Shelley MarieUpdated February 10, 2017
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Laptop CD lenses use a laser to read discs in the optical drive. When the lens becomes dusty or dirty, it can cause disc reading errors and skipping. CD and DVD ROM cleaning kits are available at most retail stores and include soft brushes to remove loose dust and debris from the lens. For an extremely dirty lens, manual cleaning may be necessary. Clean a laptop CD lens regularly to maintain its performance.

Turn on the laptop and open the disc drive.

Insert the lens cleaning disc into the disc drive. Close the drive tray and play the disc.

Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer to clean the lens.

Open the disc tray and remove the disc. Locate the lens. Use a flashlight if necessary to see inside the drive.

Dampen a cotton swab with isopropyl alcohol. Squeeze out any excess alcohol.

Wipe the lens gently with the cotton swab to remove film or residue.

Remove the cleaning disc and test the results with a different CD.

Items you will need

  • Lens cleaning kit

  • CD (optional)

  • Flashlight (optional)

  • Cotton swab

  • Isopropyl alcohol


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About the Author

Shelley Marie has been writing professionally since 2008 for online marketing and informational websites. Her areas of expertise include home, garden and health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and an associate degree in medical billing and insurance coding, both from Herzing University.

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