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What is the best way to clean fingerprints and smudges off a blu-ray disk?
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Water + microfiber towel
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Best way? Like the guy above me posted.

Perfectly adequate way? Your breath + your shirt.

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Best way? Like the guy above me posted.

Perfectly adequate way? Your breath + your shirt.

Yup.

Try doing that with an HD-DVD and you'll see scratches. A quick dusting with the shirt works fine...if needed. I only do that with rentals as I keep mine in great shape.
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Water + microfiber towel

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My method (you also dont have to go radially out as with CD's, and DVD's)

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Perfectly adequate way? Your breath + your shirt.

With the BD hard coating has anyone actually caused a visible scratch with this method? I dropped a PS3 disc the other night and as it hit the end of the entertainment system lip I almost had a heart attack. But there was no damage, scratch, or any damage whatsoever. I consider myself lucky and don't want to test a repeat preformance.

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My method (you also dont have to go radially out as with CD's, and DVD's)

Always clean ALL optical media in a radial direction since any inadvertent damage will then only cover a small number of pits and not obliterate whole sections of track.

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Well, I've been know to use a solution of water and plain old dish detergent, followed by thorough drying with a cotton towel or washcloth. They get so nice 'n clean 'n shiny that way! And I've never had a disk problem using this method.
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I always use a mixture of 50% isopropyl alcohol and 50% water to clean everything along with a microfiber cloth. It's very cheap and it works very well. LCD screens, CD's, DVD's, etc.
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Since the DiscoVision/LaserDisc days, I've used either Windex or eyeglass cleaner - Pioneer used to specifically recommend Clean 'N' Shine and the front of your cotton shirt (I'm not making that up!). Rain-X also is good at making scratched discs play better - I don't know if it would help with Blu-ray since the depth of focus is so incredibly shallow, but it wouldn't hurt to try if you ever have a scratched disc. For LP's I use Everclear mixed 50/50 with distilled water and a drop of Kodak Photoflow.

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Unlike that other format, boiling it is NOT recommended ... LOL
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Boiling????

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Wow....how dirty are you guys getting these discs? lol. Unless you use your discs as your dinner plate, then I would think detergents aren't neccessary. I've never had a single problem either, and I only use my breath and a cloth.

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Wow....how dirty are you guys getting these discs? lol. Unless you use your discs as your dinner plate, then I would think detergents aren't neccessary. I've never had a single problem either, and I only use my breath and a cloth.

Me, too! With both formats.
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Unlike that other format, boiling it is NOT recommended ... LOL

Actually, back in the day of the Children of Men HD DVD boiling fiasco, which I tried, and it worked as a matter of fact, it made me come to the realization that I don't think very hot water will do any damage to a disc. Cook it for long periods of time? No way! But running a disc under hot water and wiping it off with a soft cloth really cleans it well. When I boiled COM it was for about 30 seconds and the disc looked brand new. Odd, extreme? Yes. But heck it worked.
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While we're cleaning, can you use a cd/dvd cleaning disc in a blu ray player?
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While we're cleaning, can you use a cd/dvd cleaning disc in a blu ray player?

Well, don't Cd/dvd cleaners usually work by a small brush on the disc wiping off the laser lens in the player? I used one on my CD player that was like that, and the disc would run at various speeds to clean the lens. That being said, don't BD players run at a different speed than SD/CD players? If so, I would avoid using CD/DVD cleaning discs in a BD player since they are built to run at SD player speeds.
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CD/DVD cleaning kits basically sell you rubbing alcohol in a little spray bottle. I use my eyeglasses cleaner and a cotton cloth because it's always sitting out.
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Well, don't Cd/dvd cleaners usually work by a small brush on the disc wiping off the laser lens in the player?

Yeah, those are the ones I am talking about. If that doesn't work is there a different way to clean a blu ray player? Do they need to be cleaned?
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With the BD hard coating has anyone actually caused a visible scratch with this method? I dropped a PS3 disc the other night and as it hit the end of the entertainment system lip I almost had a heart attack. But there was no damage, scratch, or any damage whatsoever. I consider myself lucky and don't want to test a repeat preformance.

One of my BD was shipped to me floating in the case, so I do get a lot of visible "scratch marks" on my disc. However, after the "breathe + T-shirt" method ALL scratch marks are completely gone. Thanks to the BD hard coating.
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I always use water + microfiber cloth for Blu Ray, HD DVD, an video game rentals. I've never had a problem. Movies/video games I own never get scratched of smudged

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I spray the surface with a small air compressor first to remove any dust/dirt particles, then do the water/microfiber cloth thing.

Our "RV" disc was really smudged with fingerprints upon purchase (yes it was new). I almost returned it, but got over my fear and went for it. It cleaned perfectly.

I have had tiny scratches appear on SD DVDs when cleaning this way, and I'm afraid to try on HD DVDs. Really love the BD protective coating.
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My copy of Blade Runner arrived with scratches on all five discs, though two of them are DVDs. None of my other Blu-ray Discs have a single scratch on them, however.
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Most of my disc for Blade runner were loose in the box, lucky for me the BD had no scratches, the DVD did, haven't watch them thought. Not really concern over it thought.

Blu ray.
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where do you buy these microfiber cloths in the UK?
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With the BD hard coating has anyone actually caused a visible scratch with this method? I dropped a PS3 disc the other night and as it hit the end of the entertainment system lip I almost had a heart attack. But there was no damage, scratch, or any damage whatsoever. I consider myself lucky and don't want to test a repeat performance.

Yes, I had an "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" disc come from Game Fly with a huge scratch that rendered the disc unplayable. Other than that the worst I've had is fingerprints that just needed to be cleaned off.

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Boiling????

Yup, Boiling. That particular fix was most common for combo-discs. Particulate from fabbing the DVD-9 side (which was done after the HD DVD side?) would stick to the HD side. Apparently the final cleaning at some of the replication facilities wasn't as thorough as others. We'll never see that problem on Blu as it has to be super clean before the anti-scratch goes on.

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Since the DiscoVision/LaserDisc days, I've used either Windex....

Windex is a HORRIBLE and damaging way to clean plastic. Windex is formulated for glass and contains ammonia and other ingredients that are absorbed into the plastics. Over time they turn yellow.

Ever seen a convertible with the plastic back window that was yellow? Guess what was mistakenly used to clean it?
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Any physical limitation to applying said hard coating to DVD's? Why is this a blu-ray exclusive?

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Any physical limitation to applying said hard coating to DVD's? Why is this a blu-ray exclusive?

Blu-ray data layer is way too close to the surface of the disc. HD-DVD and DVD data layer are in the middle of the disc, thus scratches won't damage the data layer easily.
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Unlike that other format, boiling it is NOT recommended ... LOL

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