Cleaning your glasses might sound like a simple task, but doing it well will make all the difference to their longevity and your comfort.
When you wear your glasses or sunglasses everyday, it’s inevitable that they’ll need to be cleaned. After all, there’s nothing more irritating than smeary lenses or a thumb print in your line of vision!
But before you reach for the nearest tissue, or even your shirt, let’s take a look at the dos and don’ts of cleaning your glasses or sunglasses in order to reduce wear and tear, and prevent avoidable damage.
How NOT to clean your glasses
As mentioned above, cleaning your glasses or sunglasses with the nearest cloth or tissue can damage your lenses. Here are three things you should avoid to prevent damaging your lenses.
- Don’t use tissues, kitchen roll or loo roll!
These tissue based products might feel nice and soft but they actually contain tiny wood pulp fibres that can scratch your lenses. They’ll also often leave your lenses covered in lint.
- Step away from household cleaning products
Household cleaning products might claim to leave glass and mirrors sparkling clean but that doesn’t mean they are good for your glasses or sunglasses. In fact, quite the opposite as they contain chemicals that will damage your lenses and breakdown specialist lens coatings.
- Clothes are not cleaning cloths
Similar to tissues as described in point 1, your shirt, t-shirt or any other item of clothing is not a good choice of handy cleaning cloth for your glasses or sunglasses. The tiny fibres in the fabric can damage your lenses and laundry products can cause greasy smears on your lenses.
So now we’ve covered what not to do, how should you clean your glasses or sunglasses?
Three tips for clean frames and lenses
If you wear your glasses or sunglasses every day, you’ll need to clean them on a daily basis to remove dust, dirt and environmental build up. Clean glasses also help prevent vision distortion like a ‘starburst’ effect at night.
- Wash your hands
Make sure your hands are clean and dry before you start to avoid adding more fingerprints to your already dirty glasses or sunglasses. If you usually apply hand lotion after washing your hands, we recommend waiting until after you’ve finished cleaning your glasses or sunglasses.
- Keep it simple
Warm water is a safe and effective way to clean your glasses or sunglasses as it will remove dust and dirt from the lenses as well as cleaning the frame, sides and bridge where they regularly make contact with your skin. If necessary, a neutral, lotion free hand soap will give a cleaning boost – but do stay away from the washing up liquid!
- Dry carefully
After cleaning your glasses or sunglasses, dry them carefully using a clean, lint free cloth that has not been laundered in softener, detergents or other fabric treatments.
Keeping your glasses clean when you’re out and about
Most people who wear glasses or sunglasses regularly will need to clean them now and again during the course of the day. And the chances are, it won’t always be convenient for you to wash them as you would if you were at home.
For these occasions we recommend you specialist cleaning sprays that won’t damage your lenses or coatings. Similarly we recommend using a good quality microfibre cloth such as those supplied when you purchase your glasses or sunglasses from Optomeyes Eyecare.
If you need any help or advice about looking after your frames or lenses, call today to book an appointment or pop into one of our practices in Lee-on-the-Solent or Wickham and one of the team will be happy to help you.