Cleaning your eyeglasses daily is the best way to keep them looking great. It will prevent your lens from scratching and other eyewear damages. But there are right ways and plenty of wrong ways when it comes to how to clean glasses.
Steps for Cleaning Your Glasses
Follow these tips to clean your spectacle lenses and frames without the risk of scratching the lenses or causing other damage. These cleaning tips will help you keep your sunglasses, safety glasses, and sports eyewear in great shape.
- Wash and dry your hands thoroughly
- Rinse your glasses under a gentle stream of lukewarm tap water
- Apply a small drop of lotion-free dishwashing liquid to each lens
- Gently rub both sides of the lenses and the frame for a few seconds
- Rinse both sides of the lenses and the frame thoroughly
- Gently shake the glasses to eliminate most of the water from the lenses
- Carefully dry the lenses and frame with a clean, lint-free towel
- Inspect the lenses again
A. Wash and dry your hands thoroughly
Before cleaning your spectacles, make sure your hands are free from dirt, grime, lotion, and anything else that could be transferred to your lenses. Use lotion-free soap or dishwashing liquid and a clean, lint-free towel to clean your hands.
B. Rinse your glasses under a gentle stream of lukewarm tap water
This will remove dust and other debris, which can help avoid scratching your lenses when you are cleaning them. Avoid hot water, which can damage some eyeglass lens coatings.
C. Apply a small drop of lotion-free dishwashing liquid to each lens
Most dishwashing liquids are very concentrated, so use only a tiny amount. Or apply a drop or two to your fingertips instead. Use only brands that do not include lotions.
D. Gently rub both sides of the lenses and the frame for a few seconds
Make sure you clean every part, including the nose pads and the ends of the temples that rest behind your ears. Also, clean the area where the edge of the lenses meet the frame dust, debris, and skin oils frequently accumulate here.
E. Rinse both sides of the lenses and the frame thoroughly
Failing to remove all traces of soap will cause the lenses to be smeared when you dry them.
F. Gently shake the glasses to eliminate most of the water from the lenses
Inspect the lenses carefully to make sure they are clean
G. Carefully dry the lenses and frame with a clean, lint-free towel
Use a tea towel that has not been washed with a fabric softener or dryer sheet. A cotton towel that you use to clean fine glassware is a good choice. Make sure the towel is perfectly clean. Dirt or debris trapped in the fibers of a towel can scratch your lenses, and cooking oil, skin lotion in the towel will smear them.
H. Inspect the lenses again
If any streaks or smudges remain, remove them with a clean microfibre cloth, these lint-free cloths are available at most opticians on photography stores. For touch up cleaning of your glasses when you don’t have the above supplies available, try individually packaged, pre-moistened disposable lens cleaning wipes. These are formulated specifically for use on spectacle lenses