Do your glasses get dirty quickly? When you wear glasses, they get dirty much faster than you think. Dust and grease will settle there quickly. Fingerprints and even bacteria will also be present on your lenses.
This is why it is essential to clean your glasses regularly. To help you use the right methods, here are some tips for cleaning your lenses.
1. Have your glasses cleaned at the optician
If your lenses are still in good condition, but the pads or other parts of the frame have become impossible to clean, then consult your optician. The optician has a specialized ultrasound machine that will clean your glasses in depth. Sometimes the lenses can be cleaned more thoroughly with an ultrasonic cleaner. Likewise, pads that have yellowed over time can be replaced with new pads. Better to consult your optician before trying to make these small repairs at home.
2. Clean your glasses daily
It is strongly recommended to clean your glasses every day, without exception. Thus, they will stay in better condition for longer.
3. Use eyeglass cleaning wipes
Microfiber wipes specially designed for lenses with anti-reflective exist. These are 10 times softer than silk. Grease, dust, and bacteria will be trapped by this special wipe, which contains conical microfibers.
In stores, you can buy specially designed wipes. These will be disposable or, better yet, microfibers. They will be perfect for effectively cleaning your lenses. Moreover, if you buy a new pair of glasses, a microfiber wipe will usually be given to you with your purchase.
4. Use cleaning sprays and microfiber cloths properly
Eyeglass cleaning sprays are available from opticians, pharmacies, or even supermarkets. Sprays can be quickly taken everywhere. This is very useful when you are traveling or have no tap water and dish soap on hand to clean your glasses.
Do you not have access to tap to rinse your glasses well before cleaning them? So, use your cleaning spray in large quantities to remove all the dust and other impurities that are on the glasses before wiping them off. If your glasses have an anti-reflective treatment, make sure that the cleaner you have chosen is suitable for glasses with this type of treatment.
When using pre-moistened, individually wrapped disposable wipes, first inspect the surface of your glasses to see if there is dust or dirt. Remove these impurities by blowing on them to avoid scratching your glasses.
Microfiber cloths are an excellent choice for cleaning your glasses. Nothing is more effective than microfiber for drying glasses and removing all grease that can leave marks. Microfiber cloths are so effective at absorbing impurities that they need to be washed frequently. But no need to machine wash them: they are cleaned by hand, with a little liquid detergent (without moisturizers) and clean water. Allow the microfiber cloths to air dry.
5. Clean your glasses with soap and water
You can use a little warm water and soap. The dishwashing liquid, for example, is a perfect cleaner for eyeglasses. Dip your glasses in lukewarm soapy water and rub the lenses gently using your fingers. Then rinse them to remove dirt and grease. Finally, wipe with a soft, clean cloth.
Avoid: Avoid using paper towels or tissues that scratch the glass. The ideal material is a microfiber cloth. Household cleaning products, disinfectants, acetone are also to be banned at the risk of damaging your glasses.
6. Never use acetone
Some will have the reflex to use acetone to clean their glasses. However, you should never take this product, which is too strong to wash lenses. This trick may damage your eyeglasses or sunglasses.
7. Avoid cleaning the glasses with any cloth
It is well known that we often tend to clean our glasses with all kinds of fabrics that we have on hand. Never do this because you will probably damage your lenses.
8. Clean the frame of your glasses
To clean the frame, you can do it just as you would your lenses. Keep your glasses under running, cold or lukewarm water, use a mild soap or a special spray for glasses to remove any remains of grease. Avoid harsh detergents or dishwashing products made from citrus extracts. These can indeed act too powerfully on the material of your glasses.
To dry them, prefer a soft, clean cloth that has been washed without softener, as this can leave a light deposit on the glasses. A clean microfiber cloth is, in fact, the most suitable material for drying all of your glasses.
9. Clean your glasses with white vinegar
White vinegar has many virtues: it restores shine to glasses, it is an excellent degreaser and a perfect disinfectant. To use as an eyeglass cleaner: Mix white household vinegar with water (in equal parts) in a small container, and clean the lenses with a clean, lint-free cloth.
The extra trick: you can make a cleaning liquid spray by collecting a small spray bottle that you fill with the water-white vinegar mixture. To slip into your bag.
10. Use an anti-fouling treatment
At your optician, you can buy an anti-fouling product that will keep your lenses cleaner.
11. How to remove scratches from glasses
Unfortunately, there is no miracle cure for scratching glasses. Once your glasses are scratched, they are.
Some products are designed to make the scratches a little less noticeable. Still, these are mostly waxy substances that quickly disappear, and results are mixed depending on the location and depth of the scratches. Besides, these products often stain glasses that have an anti-reflective coating.
In addition to reflecting light and interfering with vision, scratches can affect the impact resistance of lenses. For the best view and safety, the best thing to do if you notice any significant scratches is to purchase new lenses.
When purchasing eyeglass lenses, choose lenses with a durable scratch-resistant coating. Some ask your optometrist if your purchase includes a guarantee anti-scratch, especially if you have had problems with scratched lenses.
12. Use a protective storage case
An accident quickly occurred. And eyeglass lenses are easily scratched if you don’t store them in a safe place. Yes, including when you take them off before bed. So, always remember to store your glasses in a clean glasses case. And Never put your glasses on the lenses. Don’t have your glasses case handy? So at least be sure to put them down with the glasses up and the branches open – and also in a safe place, where they won’t fall off a table or counter.