How to Clean Your Glasses without Damaging Them

Most glasses wearers will need to wear their specs every day, and as such they go through an awful lot of wear and tear. They’re regularly exposed to the elements, dust, debris and knocks, and if you want to keep them in good condition you’ll need to clean them reasonably regularly.

For many people this is a tricky business, as it’s easy to scratch the lenses or unwittingly damage the frames – something particularly pertinent if you have a penchant for expensive Tom Ford sunglasses or Oakley prescription glasses. Luckily, with a few simple tips it’s not too hard to clean them efficiently and safely:

  • Wash and dry your hands before you start

This might sound needless, but making sure your hands are free from dirt, debris, oils and grime can make a big difference to how your lenses come out.

  • Rinse your glasses under lukewarm water

Rinsing them will remove any large particles of dust or dirt, and will make it less likely that you scratch the lenses during cleaning. Make sure the water isn’t hot, as this can damage certain lens coatings.

  • Add a small drop of lotion-free washing up liquid to each lens

Make sure you’re only using a tiny amount of dishwashing lotion, as they’re often very concentrated. Always opt for the ‘less is more’ approach here. Make sure the liquid you select has absolutely no lotions or hand moisturisers in the formula before you start.

  • Gently rub each side of the lenses and frames

Ensure you clean each part, including the nose pads, temples and arms. Rub each part very gently for a few seconds, ensuring you’re removing any dirt as you go.

  • Rinse the lenses and frames thoroughly

You really need to be thorough when rinsing, as any leftover soap will smear when you’re drying them.

  • Gently shake to remove excess water, and dry with a clean, lint-free towel

When you’re trying, you want to select a towel that’s clean and hasn’t been washed with a fabric softener (as this can result in lens smearing). A brand-new cotton towel would be a good place to start, just make sure it’s completely clean and contains no debris that could scratch the lenses.

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