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How To Clean Your Eyeglasses

The easiest way to keep your eyeglasses looking fantastic and prevent scratched lenses is to clean them every day. When it comes to cleaning glasses, everyone has their own opinion on what works and what doesn’t. But, it’s essential to know the correct way so you don’t cause any unwanted damage. To keep your eyeglasses in excellent condition, keep reading to learn the best way to clean glasses lenses and frames. 

Best way to clean eyeglasses

Many people don't realise that cleaning their lenses, if not done properly, can actually be harmful! If you use everyday materials that are not safe for your glasses' lenses, it may scratch or ruin the surface. Here are some of our top tips to clean your glasses to avoid creating any damage.

Best way to clean your glasses lenses

If there is a lot of debris or gunk on the lenses, rinse them under slightly warm water. You can then use a dedicated lens cleaning spray and microfibre, lint-free cloth to gently wipe away any smudges or debris.

 

If you're wondering where to get the proper supplies, then you’re in luck. SmartBuyGlasses includes a free lens cleaning cloth with each pair of glasses. For the spray, any optical glasses spray is suitable. You can find these at most opticians, pharmacy stores and supermarkets.

 

How to clean glasses frames

You can use the optical lens spray on your frames since it will be gentle enough to clean general dirt. If you wear prescription glasses while performing strenuous activities, it’s important to clean them frequently to get rid of dirt build-up. 

 

Things to avoid when cleaning your lenses

Stay away from tissue paper and clothing

Never use shirts, cotton tissues, napkins, paper towels or dishwashing soap. Using any of these can damage the lens coating over time and void any applicable warranty on the eyeglasses. 

 

Though these everyday items might seem harmless, they are made of tiny materials and have uneven surfaces that may scratch your lenses. These scratches will distort the way light passes through your glasses and lead to vision issues or eye irritation in the future. If you need to wash your lens cloth, avoid adding fabric softener as it can make your glasses streaky.

 

Stay away from salt water

The ocean destroys prescription glasses, especially when they have lens coatings. Many things rust or degrade when regularly exposed to the salty air near the beach or salt water. It's important to remember that lenses should not be exposed to salt water, as they can get damaged, and it will not count as a manufacturer's defect. Remember to keep them in a safe place and away from the ocean on your next beach day.

 

Stay away from dish soap, window cleaner or saliva

Your glasses are an investment, and if they get smudges, it might seem intuitive to use saliva to wipe them off. However, saliva is unhygienic and may spread more dirt and particles around. Your next instinct might be to use a cleaning solution made for general surfaces or glass on your glasses. Beware: chemicals found in many cleaning solutions are dangerous to have so close to your eyes and can ruin your lenses. You should only use an optical lens spray or cloth specifically made for eyeglasses. 

 

When searching on the internet, most sources show how to use dish soap when cleaning eyewear lenses. However, if you’re glasses have special lens coatings like anti-reflective, UV protection or blue light blocker, this is a big no! Having any of these coatings and then using dish soap will, over time, strip and break down the lens coating. By striping coatings off, the lenses are more subjectable to other forms of damage

 

What can I use to clean my glasses?

 

How to keep glasses clean 

Once your glasses are all clean, the next important step is to store them properly to ensure they stay that way! The best glasses case is a hard, protective one that will keep your glasses from being squished. For more information on everything eyewear, check out our Optical Centre and speak to one of our consultants online today.