Newer DVD burners: to clean or not to clean?

I recently ran a lens cleaning disc in my Pio 111 based on a suggestion Chef made to another poster. It had started producing occasional NEC-type spikes. Oddly, this appears to have fixed it. No spikes since, plus there’s been a small overall improvement in burns.

Does anybody clean lenses on DVD burners regularly and, if you do, what method do you use? I have heard cleaner discs can damage a burner, but the Memorex disc I used didn’t seem to cause any problems.

Workknot has a thread about cleaning, but his seems to be involved more with old players and cleaning as a last resort before binning them. I’m more interested in cleaning as a regular practice.


I wouldn’t use such cleaning discs.