You have to be careful about how you handle the CD. You should touch it by the outer edge or use the center hole. Dirt and dust should be kept away from the CD to prevent scratches. CDs usually come with a case. For example, if you purchase a CD of the Chills, it will already come with a case where you can see the cover art and sometimes details about the band, music and lyrics inside the plastic case. The back of the case will list the songs included in order.
You should always keep the CD in its case when it is not being used. If you leave it around, there is a higher possibility of dust and dirt getting deposited on it. You can clean the CD of dust or any foreign material by wiping it with a clean cotton cloth. This will remove fingerprints and smudges on its surface. There is also CD cleaning detergents you can use if the dirt doesn’t get dislodged by the cotton cloth. You can also try isopropyl alcohol if a CD cleaning detergent is not at hand.
The sound quality and performance of the CD is affected when it is damaged or scratched. You have to consider where you are storing it as well. It is best to select a cool and dry place in your home to store them. Make sure that the air is clean. When you are storing the CDs, they should be placed upright like the way you store books. You can see the name of the album and the artist on the spine or side of the CD so it will make it easier for you to browse.
If you have burned a CD with some of your favorite music, you can purchase a CD case or sleeve to store it. You can also write on the front of the CD which is the non-reflective side so that you can identify it easily. But make sure that you use a non-solvent based permanent marker for the label. There are some habits you should avoid when handling CDs such as not touching the surface of the disc.
You should also take care not to bend it. Some people tend to use adhesive labels to write on the CD instead of a permanent marker. This can actually damage it. When you are ready to record the disc, examine it before you proceed so that you can check for damage. You should also keep new CDs inside the case until you want to record. In addition to dirt, rapid temperature and humidity changes can also damage the disc.