How to clean your glasses
Sometimes, Blue light eyeglasses can be expensive, and it is essential to keep them in good condition and good shape. Cleaning your eyewear daily is a good way of looking great and preventing scratches and other damages.
Cleaning the glasses has become very important in recent times, mainly due to the COVID-9 pandemic. The virus may survive on specific services for several days, and it is essential to clean all services to avoid contracting the disease.
Cleaning the eyewear should be a daily routine to help them be clear daily. Many people are guilty of cleaning glasses in the wrong way: exhaling in the lenses, then wiping off the fog with a shirt. These habits damage your lenses, but there is a simple way of cleaning the glasses, followed every time.
The easiest way to clean them is using warm water and a tiny drop of dishwashing detergent. Run the glasses under warm water, add a reduction of the detergent and then use the top of your fingers to form lather on the lenses. Rinse them with warm water and dry them with a soft cotton cloth.
Below are the tips for keeping your eyewear clean and disinfected.
Recommended cleaning products for the lens
The lenses' recommended products are pre-moisturized lens cleaning wipes, warm water, detergent, microfiber cloth, and antifog spray.
For clear vision all the time, lens wipes offer a gentle and thoroughly clean on the lenses with no risk of scratch. They are most effective if you want to remove greasy materials on the lenses. Lens wipes are more effective, and the lenses dry fast after cleaning. You can use them anytime and anywhere.
The antifog cleaning sprays.
In combination with a microfiber cleaning cloth, the antifog cleaning spray works perfectly. Spray the antifog cleaning spray on the lenses and then wipe it off with the microfiber cleaning cloth. It removes the dirt on lenses and prevents fog from forming on the lenses, primarily due to heat. Antifog cleaning sprays are widely available in the market.
The microfiber cloth
A microfiber cloth is helpful for gentle and daily spectacle care in a quality manner. Whether used when dry, with warm water or a cleaning spray, the fabric keeps lenses clean. It would be best to wash the microfiber cloth regularly to clean off dust particles from the lenses for the best results.
The process of cleaning your eyeglasses
Follow the following steps you should follow in cleaning your eyewear with no scratches or causing damage. It will help you keep them in good shape too.
Wash and dry your hands. Before cleaning the glasses, make sure your hands are free from dirt, lotion, grime or anything else which could be transferred to the lenses. Use a handwashing liquid or soap-free from greyline to clean your hands for up to 20 seconds, then dry them with a clean towel.
Rinse your glasses with warm water. Rinse the glasses under lukewarm tap water to remove dust and any form of debris to avoid scratching the lens while cleaning. Rotate the eyeglasses and wet both sides of the lens, the flame and the earpieces. Avoid using hot water as it may damage some lens coating.
Apply few drops of lotion-free detergent liquid to each lens. Most washing detergents are always very concentrated, and only tinny amounts are required for cleaning. You can also apply tiny drops of the detergent to your fingers instead and use them to clean the lens.
Use your fingers to lather the glasses with the detergent. Make circular motions with your fingertips on both sides of the lens, around the frame and down each earpiece. Make sure you clean every part of your eyewear and especially the area the edge of the frame meets the lens. It is the part where oils, debris and duct accumulate mainly.
Clean the nose pad using a soft toothbrush or a cotton swab. Use gentle pressure to scrub the area between the frame and the lens and the nose pad area.
Rinse both sides of the lens and the frame thoroughly to remove any soap traces that may be smeared while drying them.
Shake the glasses gently to remove most of the water and inspect to ensure they are clean. It is done when the water has been turned odd and rewash the glasses if you find any stains left.
When the eyeglasses are thoroughly clean, dry them with a microfiber cloth. Fold the fabric and use it to cover and wipe both sides of the lens. Wipe making circular motions with your fingers to dry the eyewear and repeat this for both lenses. Wipe all parts of the spectacles dry.
Spray the glasses with a cleaner. The glass cleaner is available in eye retailers and pharmacies. If you have anti-reflective glasses, ensure the cleaner you use is well labeled to take care of the anti-reflective coating.
Wipe the cleaner spray away using a microfiber cloth a few seconds after spraying. Fold the fabric to cover both sides of the lens and make gentle circular motions to absorb the lenses' excess cleaner. Use the same cloth to dry the earpieces and the frame.
The eyewear care routine.
Clean the glasses every morning and make sure cleaning them properly is a daily routine. Keep the glasses clean throughout the day and ensure they are smudge-free to prevent them from having scratches.
Store the glasses in a hard case while not wearing to prevent them from being damaged. Avoid placing lenses on a hard surface and ensure the glasses are always in a hard-shell case.
The cases should fit your glasses, and if it is too big, they may roll up and be damaged. Avoid throwing your spectacles in the bag carelessly.
Wash the microfiber you use to clean your spectacles regularly. The cloth collects dirt and grease periodically and should be washed after every two or three times of use.
Some materials are machine washable, while others are not. Check the instructions first and if the fabric is not machine washable, use dish soap to wash and dry it in an open area.
Dos and don'ts when cleaning
- Do not use t-shirts, tissue and paper towel to clean the glasses. They contain debris that may scratch them.
- Do not exhale on sunglasses while cleaning then. It may look like a convenient cleaning way, but it is the quickest way to scratch the lens.
- Do not use saliva to wet your lens while cleaning.
- Do not use surface cleaners to clean your glasses. The products contain chemicals that may damage the lens coatings.
- Always clean the glasses when they are wet. Cleaning them while dry may scratch the lens.
Disinfecting your glasses
Disinfecting your glasses is very important to kill bacteria and then get rid of the COVID-19 virus.
Using soap and water remains the best way of killing the COVID-19 virus, and the spectacles should therefore be disinfected the same way they are cleaned.
Using alcohol sanitizers to clean the lenses is discouraged as it may damage the lens.
How to remove scratches from the lens
Unfortunately, there is no way a person can remove scratches c from the lens. Once the glasses are scratched, they cannot be undone.
The products available are to make the scratches less visible. These are essentially waxed substances that quickly wear off depending on the position and the scratch depth.
Scratches affect a person's vision while using the glasses, and the best thing to do after noticing scratches is to buy a new pair of lenses. It is therefore essential to take care of the lenses because some of them are very expensive.
When to visit your optician/technician to have them cleaned by a professional
If the lenses are not in good shape and become hard to clean, it is essential to visit the eye care profession. The nose pad and other components of the lenses may become hard too hard to clean.
The glasses may sometimes be cleaned professionally using an ultrasonic cleaning device. The nose pads can be replaced with new ones, and it is essential to visit the eye technician before attempting to repair them at home.
The glasses will not last forever.
While purchasing the glasses, ask about the anti-scratch warranties for the lens. This is very important for children's spectacles or if the glasses are worn in dusty areas.
All lenses will have some scratches after being used over time and due to exposure to the environment. Replace the glasses once scratched.
Keep your vision clear.
Knowing how to clean your glasses properly makes them last longer perform their functions well, keeping your vision clear.
If you follow the above tips, your eyeglasses will last longer and remain scratch-free.