There is nothing worse than a distracting smudge stamped right in the middle of your eyeglasses lens. Or when your glasses always feel dirty. And it’s so tempting to grab the closest thing and start rubbing!
But stop. Trust us – you’ll want to put the frames down. Rubbing them with a shirt might get rid of the smudge for the moment, but in the long run, it will actually leave a much more distracting damage, that can’t be erased.
Whether you’re only a beginner who started wearing eyeglasses just recently or have been wearing them your whole life, you may still find yourself wondering about the secrets of keeping clean and immaculate eyeglasses. Stick with this guide and you’ll learn how to properly clean your lenses and frames without any smudges, streaks or scratching!
When you buy a new pair of sunglasses, they are very clean and the vision is very clear. However, sooner or later they will become dirty or stained. It is almost impossible to avoid leaving the fingerprints and other marks! Next, you will learn to clean the lenses to return them to their original state.
Use a solution to clean the lenses and a microfiber cloth
1. See how dirty the lenses are. Also check if you should clean other pieces of the lenses. The pieces that you must take into account are those of the nose and those of the ears. These come in contact with the hair and natural oils of the skin, which can accumulate quickly and can get dirty faster. If they need a quick cleaning, clean them with a microfiber cloth.
2. Use a clean microfiber cloth. Do not clean the lenses with a dirty cloth because it will be counterproductive! A clean cloth not only prevents the transfer of dirt and other debris, but also greatly reduces the risks of scratching the lenses when cleaning them with a specific solution.
3. Spray both sides of each lens with the lens cleaner. It is best to use an aerosol that was included with the lenses when you purchased them. The aerosols that are specific to your sunglasses will protect the additional coatings that the lenses have. Try spraying it from a distance that covers the lenses evenly, so that when you clean them, there is no accumulation of the solution or stains.
4.Hold each lens with a microfiber cloth (made specifically for lenses). Press them gently. Clean them with a circular movement back and forth to reduce lines and spots.
Wash the glasses with soap and water
1. Pass the lenses under warm water. Make sure the water is warm enough to touch. If you pass the lenses under too hot water, the coatings that the lenses may have will be damaged.
2. Place a drop of soap to wash the dishes on each side of the lenses. Gently rub the soap in a circular motion with your index finger and thumb. Rub the soap so it covers each lens evenly.
3. Rinse the lenses again to remove the soap. Just let the water run and remove the soap; do not rub it with your fingers. Doing so will leave stains on the lenses.
4. Hold the lenses up. Look at a light source (preferably natural) through the lenses and check if there is any potential residual soap or dirt that you wanted to clean originally. You should not see anything other than the water droplets on the lenses.
5.Let the lenses air dry or shake the water slightly. Avoid drying the water with paper towels or tea towels. Choose a clean microfiber cloth. If you use paper towels, do not rub the lenses. Instead, dry the remaining drops of water with light touches, allowing the paper to absorb them. Do it to avoid watermarks.
If you do not have a microfiber cloth, use a clean cotton cloth. It is very important that the alternative to the microfiber cloth is a clean cotton cloth. Any other material could seriously scratch the lens!
Make your own solution to clean the lenses
1. Mix a little alcohol and water. Using isopropyl alcohol is a safe way to clean lenses without removing coatings, such as anti-reflective.
Add three parts of alcohol for each part of water and mix them together.
Make the amount you want and save the solution in a small bottle with spray to use it in the future.
Spray and clean the lenses with a clean cotton cloth in a circular motion.
2. Add one or two drops of soap to wash the dishes to any mixture, so that the lenses are clearer when they are clean. This works the same as if you cleaned the lenses with tap water and soap to wash the dishes. Add a little soap to an already prepared bottle of diluted alcohol to achieve that clarity at the end.
3. Use the solution in other parts of the lenses. Because the ready-made lens cleaners are specific to lenses, the benefit of a diluted alcohol solution is that it can be applied safely to other parts, such as the ears and nose. Clean the entire frame so that it returns to its original clean state.
4. Avoid adding other cleaning products for the home, such as window cleaners. These chemicals are too abrasive for the lenses, so you run the risk of damaging the lenses and having to make expensive repairs (ie, coating replacements). Although they may seem useful, do not add them to any cleaning solution you plan to do.
Here are the steps to keep glasses clean for longer periods of time:
1. For starters, it can be as simple as never resting your glasses on the sink or any surface where you use hair products and cosmetics. This is because the buildup can be transferred onto your glasses.
2. When looking to keep eyeglasses clean longer, you also want to be sure to never put your glasses down on their lenses.
3. Try to always place them back in their case when you aren’t using them, or at the very least, place them on their frames instead of lenses as this will protect your glasses from smudges and scratches.
4. Persistent smearing in the center of your lenses? It might be your lashes or mascara.
Now, you may experience persistent smudging happening in the center of your lenses, despite your incredible efforts to keep them clean. This is a common problem for many women. Or men with long, thick eyelashes.
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If you have naturally long lashes, nose pads or a thin adhesive pad under the nose bridge can help deter the smudging from happening. This will avoid lashes and their natural oils to touch the lenses.
However, if the smudging occurs from your makeup, try curling your eyelashes at the base and the ends once you have applied mascara. It will change the angle so your lashes aren’t brushing up against your lenses.
If you have expensive lenses, you may want to review the information that is included with them. It can tell you to use something specific.
Never clean the lenses dry. By cleaning the dirt in this way, scratches may remain.
Always place the lenses in a solid protective case with the lenses facing up.
Do not leave the lenses in a hot car.
Do not use saliva to clean the lenses. It may seem useful, but saliva may contain oils that can make the problem worse.
Never clean them with your shirt.
Do not exhale in the lenses or use the shirt to clean them, as this can scratch the lenses.
Never use ammonia, chlorine, vinegar or window cleaner, as these products ruin the coatings of the graduated lenses without graduation.
Do not use saliva because it can damage the lenses.