Cleaning your glasses can feel like a hassle, but properly cleaning lenses and frames will prolong the life of your glasses. When cleaning your glasses, you’ll want to be sure to take the following steps:
- Wash and dry your hands first using lotion-free soap and a clean, lint-free towel.
- Rinse the glasses under a gentle stream of tap water, which will remove dust and other debris that can cause scratches during the cleaning process. Be sure to avoid hot water which can damage certain lens coatings.
- Apply a small drop of lotion-free dishwashing liquid to each lens, and a drop or two on your fingertips.
- Gently rub both sides of the lenses and the frame entirely, including cracks and spots where dust and debris may hide. Follow with a thorough rinse.
- Gently shake the glasses to get rid of most of the water. Follow with a lint-free towel or microfiber cloth that has not been laundered with fabric softener or a dryer sheet, which can cause smudging to the lenses.
When it’s time to do a touch-up cleaning, use a disposable lens cleaning wipe that is formulated specifically for eyeglass lenses use. Now that we’ve covered the “Do’s”, lets talk about the “Don’ts”: •Don’t use your shirt or other pieces of clothing to clean your glasses, especially when the lenses are dry.
- Don’t use saliva to wet the lenses.
- Don’t use household glass or surface cleaners. Many of those products have damage-causing ingredients.
- Don’t use paper towels, tissues or napkins to clean or dry the lenses. These items often leave behind lint which can cause scratches and smudges.
If you find a scratch in your lenses, don’t try to buff it out. This will only make the problem worse. Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to fully rid your lenses of a scratch, but there are ways to make them less visible by using special products. Scratches can affect the impact resistance of your eyeglass lenses as they reflect light and interfere with your vision. For optimum vision and eye safety, it would be best to replace the lenses if they become scratched.
All eyeglass lenses will eventually get a few scratches. Eyeglasses lenses are scratch resistant, not scratch-proof. When purchasing glasses, ask about anti-scratch warranties for your lenses. Glasses simply don’t last forever, but by following the above tips, you can keep your glasses clean and scratch-free for as long as possible.