Effective tips for cleaning audio cassette players and DVD

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  1. Audio Cassette Player

Can you not hear very well the highs while the background noise increases?

The problem may be an accumulation of the air gap, dust and iron oxide particles (or chromium) caused by the movement of the magnetic tape in the apparatus.

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Know that the oxide builds up faster if you use cheap cassettes. In this case, regularly clean the unit after 75 hours of use.

To enhance the sound:

  • Clean the tape path, vertically and horizontally, with 3 or 4 cotton swabs lightly moistened with rubbing alcohol.
  • Rub the heads and recording without much support.
  • Repeat until the last stick is free of brown residue.


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Clean the inside of your cassette player with cotton swabs lightly dipped in rubbing alcohol. Less effective than the swabs, the cleaning tape is still convenient to maintain readers the inside of which is difficult to access, particularly car radios. Often, it contains a dilute alcohol-based liquid. Simply slide it into the drive and have it run 10 to 15 seconds.

If you want to extend the life of your tapes, store them properly.

  • Protect them from the great heat – for example, avoid leaving them in the rear window of your car in the summer – and sunlight.
  • Store them in their cases, immune to magnetic fields created by computers, TVs or other video equipment.

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  1. DVD Player

Because of a disc or a dirty lens, the DVD jumps, speed reading is erratic, the sound quality is poor. If you notice any of these problems, it may be time to clean the device.

Cleaning the lens:
It will enable the device to function well.

  • Never remove the casing, this may void the warranty.
  • Press the button that opens the mechanical drawer where the DVD is up.
  • Spray a little-compressed air inside to dislodge dust and on the disc tray.
  • Keep the can of compressed air right well. Otherwise, you risk to project the product in liquid form will damage the drive.
  • Do keep not too close to the unit.
  • Never shake the can for use.

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Special Records to clean the lenses:

  • Simply open the drawer and place the DVD on the tray.
  • Close and press the Play button to start cleaning.
  • Some discs have an angled brush made of ultrafine synthetic fibers containing copper: they do not just clean the lens, but also dissipate static electricity, which attracts dust.


  • Wipe the outside of the player with a soft, dry cloth.
  • If it is really dirty, soak a cloth slightly with water and a little dishwashing liquid and water and wipe the unit.
  • Do not use solvents such as alcohol, which could damage it.

Maintain DVD:
The DVD can bring dust inside the drive.

  • Handle only by the edges.
  • The easiest way is to dust by spraying compressed air.
  • If necessary, rub with a soft dry cloth proceeding from the inside to the outside – and never in a circular manner.
  • Store them in its box to protect them from dust.
  • Store them away from direct sunlight and away from sources of heat.

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Now that you know how to maintain your devices to derive the best possible audio quality, you can keep listening to your favorite music for many more years.

The author is an expert on occupational training and a prolific writer who writes extensively on Business, technology, and education. He can be contacted for professional advice in matters related with occupation and training on his blog Communal Business and Your Business Magazine.

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