How to Safely Clean Your Glasses

How to Safely Clean Your Glasses

Whether made from glass or high-quality plastics, the lenses of glasses are delicate and subject to being scratched when you use the wrong materials to clean them. Cleaning your glasses is not just about the lenses, but also the metal or plastic frames and nose pads. This means that to properly and safely clean your prescription glasses, you need to understand each of the parts and what is best to clean them.

The good news is that it does not take expensive cloths or cleaners to ensure that your glasses are properly cleaned of the dirt, dust, and debris. A little preparation in purchasing the right materials will help extend the life of your glasses. This means reducing the chances of scratches while ensuring that all the debris is properly removed.

How to Clean the Lenses

The first step is knowing what not to do. This means that you do not use an ordinary cloth, your shirt, paper towels, or toilet tissue when cleaning your lenses. Such materials are not designed to clean the lenses of your glasses and will cause scratches to occur. You will need to be extra careful when a spot of dirt or some sweat rolls down the lenses of your glasses.
So, the best bet is to have the right cleaning materials handy when you need to clean the lenses of your glasses. This means having the following with you;
  • Soft, scratch-free cloth
  • Cleaner approved for lenses
If you do not have a cleaner designed for eyeglasses, then you can use ordinary mild soap or detergent. You will need to run the lenses under a gentle stream of warm water, put a drop of soap or mild detergent on your fingers, and gently rub the lenses to remove the spots, dust, dirt, and streaks.
How to Safely Clean Your Glasses
Once completed, rinse the glasses under the warm water until all the film is gone. Gently shake your glasses to remove any excess water, then run a clean cloth designed for cleaning lenses to get rid of any remaining smudges. Once completed, your glasses should be clean and ready to go.

For spot removal, use your finger to get rid of the spot. This will prevent scratching and then remove any excess water with a dry, clean cloth.

How to Clean Glasses Frames

Metal glasses frames or acetate frames are far more resilient compared to lenses, but you will still need to be careful. If you need to clean your frames, you can use the same method as cleaning the lenses. This mean running the frames under a gentle stream of warm water, using a drop of mild soap or detergent, and using your fingers to remove any spots, streaks, or debris.

Once clean, you can rub them dry with a clean, soft cloth to prevent any scratching. For metal frames, you will want to be careful about leaving any water behind which might oxidize or help gunk up hinges which might make things worse.

How to Clean Eyeglasses with Anti Reflective Coating

The anti-reflective coating is a popular choice for many who wear glasses as it reduces glare. It also acts as an extra layer of protection for the glasses which might help prevent scratching on certain occasions. However, this coating is also more delicate compared to the lenses which means that to keep it in place, you will need to be a little more careful.

You can start by using a recommended cleaner for your glasses that emphasizes the anti-reflective coating. The optometrist may be able to help in that regard. Otherwise, if you use warm water and your fingers to do the work, the damage to the coating will be minimal. Keep in mind that over time the coating will eventually fade or be worn away, but you can keep that process to a minimum if you use the right cleaner and your fingers instead of a harsh cloth.

How to Clean Glasses Nose Pad

The nose pad is probably one of the dirtiest places on the glasses. While the pad touching the nose is often clean because of its contact with the skin. Underneath you will see a collection of dirt and grim that can become quite unsightly. Here, you can use more durable materials to clean the nose pad as long as you do not touch the lenses.

A soft toothbrush combined with warm water and gentle detergent will do the trick. You may even try using a little dishwashing soap added to your fingers or the bristles of the brush. First, wet the area where the grime is located, then gently brush the grime away. You may need to cover your lenses to prevent any spots or drops from the brushing to be present.

Once you have removed the grime, you can clean the area with a gentle cloth. You might want to add a slight amount of oil to the hinges to help prevent oxidation. Otherwise, the nose pads should be clean and ready to go.

Is Glasses Cleaner Spray Effective?

The answer is yes, if you choose the right type of spray. You will need to get a spray that is designed specifically to clean the lenses of glasses. But more importantly, you will need to use a soft cloth that will not scratch the lenses when wiping away the cleaner.

Be careful of alcohol-based cleaners. While they do evaporate which makes them less likely to streak the lenses, they may also harm any anti-reflective coating that may be present. You will need to check them out to see if they are right for your needs.

You can find sprays at your local optometrist or from online companies that specialize in cleaning glasses and have the right materials at hand. Remember to have the proper glasses cleaning spray, cloth, and carrying bag or case handy, so you can have clean glasses while reducing the chances of scratching the lenses. Investing just a few dollars can save you considerably more in terms of not having to replace your glasses as often.
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