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5 Common Mistakes When Cleaning Your Glasses


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5 Common Mistakes When Cleaning Your Glasses

Do’s and Don’ts to Help You See Clearly

Wondering about the best way to clean your eyeglasses and other delicate, easily scratched surfaces? We’ve adapted these tips and reminders from Allaboutvision.com:

First, clean your glasses every day. It’s the best way to keep them looking great and prevent lens from scratching. Then be sure to follow these cleaning tips to avoid scratching the lenses or causing other damage to all eyewear, including sunglasses, safety glasses and sports goggles.

  1. Wash and dry your hands thoroughly. Before cleaning your eyeglasses, make sure your hands are free from dirt, grime, lotion and anything else that could be transferred to the lenses. Use lotion-free soap or dishwashing liquid and a clean, lint-free towel to clean your hands.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 fingertip instead. Use only brands that do not include lotions or hand moisturizers.

  4. Gently rub both sides of the lenses and all parts of 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. And be sure to clean the area where the edge of the lenses meets the frame, where dust, debris and skin oils can accumulate.

  5. 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.

  6. Gently shake the glasses to eliminate most of the water from the lenses. Then inspect your lenses carefully to make sure they’re clean.

  7. Carefully dry the lenses and frame with a clean, lint-free cloth. Use a cloth that has not been laundered with a fabric softener or dryer sheet (these substances can smear the lenses). Make sure your cloth is perfectly clean. Dirt or debris trapped in its fibers can scratch your lenses; and cooking oil, skin oil or lotion in the cloth will smear them.

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Microfiber cleaning cloths are an excellent choice for cleaning glasses. These cloths dry the lenses very effectively and trap oils to avoid smearing. But because they trap debris so effectively, make sure you clean these cloths frequently. Hand-wash your cloth using lotion-free dishwashing liquid and clean water; then allow it to air dry.

Cleaning Your Glasses—What Not to Do

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NEVER use your shirttail or other cloth to clean your glasses, especially when the lenses are dry. This can scratch your lenses.

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DON’T use saliva to wet your lenses.

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DON’T use household glass or surface cleaners to clean your eyeglasses. These products have ingredients that can damage eyeglass lenses and coatings, such as anti-reflective coating.

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DON’T use paper towels, napkins, tissues or toilet paper to clean your lenses. These can scratch or smear your lenses or leave them full of lint.

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DON’T try to “buff away” a scratch in your lenses. This only makes the situation worse.

If your lenses have anti-reflective (AR) coating, make sure the eyeglass cleaner you choose is approved for use on anti-reflective lenses. Lens cleaners with harsh chemicals can damage the anti-reflective coating. And never attempt to clean AR-coated lenses without wetting them first. Using a dry cloth on a dry lens can cause lens scratches. AR coating eliminates light reflections that can mask lens surface defects, so fine scratches are often more visible on AR-coated lenses than on uncoated lenses.

comment_2Do you have some words of wisdom for avoiding scratches? Our lens-wearing audience would love to hear them! Just drop us a line below.

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Luanne
Luanne
4 years ago

The best way to avoid scratched lenses is to get glass lenses.

Richard
Richard
4 years ago
Reply to  Luanne

Also glass lenses are the best way to have an eye injury.

Linda
Linda
4 years ago
Reply to  Luanne

And for those with really poor eyes, glass lenses are extremely heavy!

Amy
Amy
2 years ago
Reply to  Luanne

My insurance doesn’t cover glass lenses

Susan Greenwood
Susan Greenwood
4 years ago

I have a question about the plastic bags that you use to deliver products. Are these bags recyclable? I couldn’t find any numbers on them. Sorry for commenting on this post but I couldn’t find any other place to ask this question.

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Moderator
4 years ago

Susan, thank you for your inquiry about Norwex products. Norwex Movement is a separate division of Norwex that exists to help people create safer havens in their homes by raising awareness about planetary issues that affect us all. Our policy is to direct all Norwex-specific inquiries to Customer Care. In the U.S., please contact 1-866-450-7499. In Canada, please contact 1-877-766-7939.

Susan Greenwood
Susan Greenwood
4 years ago
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Thanks for letting me know where I can direct my question.

Gingi Freeman
Gingi Freeman
3 years ago

Great advice, I just bought some nice sunglasses and an optic cloth, and want to make sure I am taking care of them properly! <3

Lia Thompson
Lia Thompson
3 years ago

New to reading glasses and this is very helpful. Glasses are so expensive!

Ellie Davis
Ellie Davis
3 years ago

Thank you for suggesting using a lint-free cloth to dry your glasses. Safety glasses seem like an important part of so many jobs. Hopefully, people are looking into getting the best products to clean them with so they can be as safe as possible at all times.

Nancy Cass
Nancy Cass
3 years ago

You can avoid scratches by using a carrying case to transport your glasses in your purse, briefcase or luggage. Also, be careful to how you lay your glasses down.

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3 years ago
Reply to  Nancy Cass

Thanks Nancy! Good reminders!