How to care for your home movies on DVD

Posted on August 26, 2010


  • Handle discs by the outer edge or the center hole.
  • Keep dirt or other foreign matter from the disc.
  • Store discs upright (book style) in plastic cases specified for CDs and DVDs.
  • Return discs to storage cases immediately after use.
  • Leave discs in their packaging (or cases) to minimize the effects of environmental changes.
  • Store in a cool, dry, dark environment in which the air is clean.
  • Remove dirt, foreign material, fingerprints, smudges, and liquids by wiping with a clean cotton fabric in a straight line from the center of the disc toward the outer edge.
  • Use CD/DVD cleaning detergent, isopropyl alcohol or methanol to remove stubborn dirt or material.
  • Check the disc surface before playing your movie.

Do not:

  • Touch the surface of the disc.
  • Bend the disc.
  • Use adhesive labels.
  • Store discs horizontally for a long time (years).
  • Expose discs to extreme heat or high humidity.
  • Expose discs to extreme rapid temperature or humidity changes.
  • Expose discs to prolonged sunlight or other sources of UV light.
  • Write or mark in the data area of the disc (area where the laser “reads”).
  • Clean in a circular direction around the disc.
Posted in: DVD Home Movies