Brodart has recently sent the follow-ing advice to its customers with CD-ROM equipment--we add our strong endorsement:
Workstation: The area around the unit and the unit itself should be kept free of dust. Weekly cleanings are recommended. If you use a furniture polish or cleaner, spray the cloth away from the unit, rather than using the spray directly on the unit. Use a MiniVac to vacuum the unit, concen-trating on the keyboard, and all ventila-tion slots and openings (this includes printers and other peripherals). Carefully move the computer to clean underneath it. Use antistatic screenwipes to clean the video display screen. Sponges or cleaning cloth should be wrung almost dry with a lint-free cloth.
Floppy Disk Drive Head: Floppy disk drive heads should be cleaned monthly. Use a head cleaner (available at computer stores) or a cotton swab barely moistened with isopropyl alcohol.
CD-ROM Drive Lens: The lens in the CD-ROM drive should be cleaned weekly. Use a lens cleaning kit (available at computer or music stores).
Compact Disc: Compact discs should be cleaned weekly with a disc cleaning kit (available at computer or music stores) Do not clean the disc with water, solvents, silicon cloths, antistatic sprays, or any record cleaner sprays. In between cleanings, use a clean soft dry cloth to removL dirt, dust, oil or fingerprints.