Glasses, they are dirty? Cleaning them daily is the best way to prevent damage, scratches and a recipe for longevity. There is a right way to clean them.
Before cleaning them, wash your hands so as not to transfer dirt, cream residue, dust and anything else that can be transferred to the skin. Use lotion-free soap and dishwashing detergent and be careful not to get lint from the towel on your hands.
Rinse the eyeglasses with lukewarm water
Rinse the glasses with lukewarm water to remove dust and other particles, which can scratch your eyeglasses during cleaning. Avoid hot water, it can damage the lens coating on the eyeglasses.
Put a drop of washing-up liquid on each lens
Most dishwashing detergents are concentrates, so a very small amount is sufficient. You can also put a drop of the product on your finger. Use products that do not contain hand lotions.
Gently rub both sides of the lens and all parts of the frame
For a few seconds, gently rub each side of the lens and all parts of the frame, including the nose part and the ends that come behind the ears. Also, be sure to wash the part where the end of the lens meets the frame, where dust, particles and oil from the skin collect.
How NOT to clean goggles?
- Do not use the edge of your shirt to clean the lenses , especially when the lenses are dry – you can damage them.
- Do not use saliva to clean the lenses.
- Do not use window cleaners or cleaners for smooth surfaces – the ingredients of these products can damage the lenses of the goggles or their coatings.
- Do not use paper towels, napkins or toilet paper – they can damage your lenses or leave particles on them.
Do it yourself: how to get rid of scratches on goggles?
You yourself know how easy it is to damage goggles. This little guide will help you repair scratched glass . Goggles can crack or warp when you don’t wear them in a case or when you accidentally drop them. Scratches are inevitable, and anyone who wears goggles knows how frustrating it is to have scratches on your lenses. They distort your vision, but they also damage your eyes. Even the highest quality glass will sometimes have scratches. Note: Do not confuse glass scratches with glass breakage. If the glass is cracked or broken, you cannot repair it, you must order new glass. You can remove scratches with products that you probably already have at home. So let’s get started:
1) First you need to remove the dust from the goggles.
2) Use eyeglass cleaner and continue to wipe the lenses to remove stains.
3) Clean the goggles in this way on both sides.
Next, choose toothpaste or baking soda.
If you chose toothpaste:
4) Choose a non-abrasive toothpaste, apply it to the glass – especially to the places where there are scratches. To “polish” scratches, use a cotton or wool cloth.
5) Polish the glass in small, firm, circular motions for approximately 30 seconds.
6) Rinse the goggles with cold water and dry them . The scratches should no longer be visible, however – depending on the size of the scratches, you may need to repeat the process.
If your eyeglasses have an anti-scratch layer, it will take you longer to polish the goggles to get to the scratch – it pays to be patient!
If you have decided on baking soda:
4) You will need one or two tablespoons of baking soda.
5) Mix baking soda with a little water in a bowl until you get a thick paste.
6) Apply the paste to the glass and polish the glass in the same way as with toothpaste.
7) Rinse in cold water and dry the eyeglasses.
Use the Right Cloth
NEVER use paper towels, tissue, or napkins to dry your lenses. All of these materials, regardless of how soft they are on your skin, have a textured surface and can easily scratch your lenses.
Also, refrain from using the tail of your shirt. If the clothing is not 100% cotton, the fibers in the fabric will scratch the lens of your goggles over time. The clothing can also have dirt on it, which means the residue ends up transferred to your lenses.
Hold your frames by gripping the piece that crosses the bridge of the nose. This will keep you from accidently bending the frame while you clean. Bent goggles can negatively affect the way you see out of your glasses. Plus, if your frames are bent out of shape, they’re more likely to feel uncomfortable.
Store your goggles when you’re not wearing them. This isn’t just a great way to keep dust and dirt away from your goggles, but it also protects your specs from getting scratched, bent or broken.
If you don’t want a big, bulky case, sleeker ones are available. Microfiber pouches are also great to keep at your office desk or on your night stand for goggles you don’t necessarily wear all the time, like reading glasses.
Don’t lay your glasses lens down. This is just asking for scratched lenses.
Washing your glasses at least once a day will keep your lenses in their optimal state. The cleaner your glasses, the less your eyes have to strain to see through smudges, dirt and dust.
Follow these great tips, and we are sure you’ll never want to leave your super clean specs behind.