If you’ve already bought your eyeglasses and don’t know how to make them last longer, you should scroll down for some useful tips.
From cleaning your glasses, the right way, removing the scratches and the things you should never ever do with your glasses, the things you need to remember are many so don’t hesitate to check our easy-to-follow guide as well.
Do you know how to clean your glasses?
Even if this may look as an easy job, paying attention to some steps and cleaning your glasses the right way is going to help your glasses perform better and pass the durability test.
Here’s how to do it:
Wash and dry your hands
The very first thing to do before cleaning your glasses is to make positively sure that you have no dirt, grime, lotion or anything else that may be transferred from your hands to your lenses. It’s better that you use a lotion-free soap or some dishwashing liquid. Remember to wipe your hands with a lint-free towel.
Use lukewarm tap water for rinsing the glasses
You need to do this in order to get rid of any dust or debris that may scratch the lenses during the cleaning process. don’t use hot water as it may ruin for good the coatings of your eyeglass lens.
Apply some lotion-free dishwashing liquid on every lens
You only need a tiny amount of a dishwashing liquid as most of them are highly concentrated. You may very well apply a bit to your fingertips. Try to stay away from the brands that include hand moisturizer or lotion in the formula (even though this is good for your hands, it’s not good for your glasses).
Rub both sides of the lenses and the frame in a gentle way
Take your time when cleaning your glasses and make sure that you don’t skip any part when cleaning. Don’t forget about the ends of the temples that go behind your ears nor the nose pads. Clean very well the area where the edge of the lenses makes contact with the frame. It’s a regular spot when skin oils, dust and debris are typically building up.
Rinse the lenses and the frame
Don’t hurry up when rinsing both sides of the lenses or the frame. If you’re not doing it right, the lenses may end up being all smeared once they’re dry.
Dry the lensed and frame
You should use a gentle move for removing most of the water from the lenses. Take a good look at the lenses to see if they’re really clean.
Grab a dish towel that hasn’t been laundered with a fabric softener or a dryer sheet (the substances are going to smear the lenses). Look for a cotton towel that you typically use for cleaning your fine glassware. The towel has to be perfectly clean. You don’t want any debris or dirt trapped in the fibers to scratch the lenses. Any skin oil, cooking oil or lotion in the towel is also going to smear the lenses.
Take a good look at the glasses
Should you notice any smudges or streaks, you should grab a clean microfiber and get rid of them. The lint-free cloths are easy to find at photography stores and many optical shops.
If you don’t have the time nor the supplies to give your glasses a touch-up cleaning, it’s best that you go with the packaged, pre-moistened disposable lens cleaning wipes. They’re especially made for the use on eyeglass lenses. Stay away from the substitutes.
The spray eyeglass cleaners are another option to try. You may find them at local drug or eye care professionals. If you don’t have any clean tap water, dishwashing soap or you’re simply on the road, these actually work just fine.
What are the don’ts when cleaning your glasses?
Even though there are plenty of other things that may damage your lenses, here are the most common mistakes related to cleaning the glasses:
- Never use saliva to wet the lenses
- Try not to use a shirt tail/any other piece of clothing to clean your glasses, especially if the lenses are dry. You may scratch the lenses like this.
- It’s best that you don’t use surface cleaners or household glass for cleaning your glasses. This type of products does contain ingredients that are going to ruin the lenses and the coatings (the anti-reflective coating more than anything else).
- You should avoid “buff away” a scratch in the lenses as you’re only going to worsen the situation
- Do your best and neve ruse napkins, paper towels, tissues or toilet paper when cleaning the lenses. They’re going to scratch or smear the lenses. They may also leave them covered with lint.
Some final tips when cleaning the glasses
we can’t stress enough about the importance of following some rules when taking care of your glasses. Here are some extras for the road:
- Use eyeglass cleaner that is formulated for the anti-reflective lenses if the lenses come with AR coating.
- Take a look at your lenses and seek that there is no dust or debris on them if you’re planning to use the pre-moistened disposable lens cleaning wipes. Remember to blow any particles off before start wiping them, as you want to reduce the risk for scratching.
- Use plenty of the spray eyeglass cleaner when you have no tap water for rinsing the lenses. You should make sure that you flush away all dust and debris before wiping the lenses dry.
- Keep in mind that the microfiber cleaning cloths are also a solid choice. They actually dry the lenses very well, trapping oils and reducing the risk for smearing. As they’re so efficient for trapping debris, cleaning them on a regular basis is also important. Use some lotion-free dishwashing liquid for hand-washing them and some clean water. Let them air dry.
Do you know how to remove scratches from your glasses?
No, we don’t have a magical solution (just yet) for removing the scratches from your lenses. Once the lenses are scratched, they’re scratched for good.
However, you may use some products to make the scratched less noticeable. they’re waxy substances that are going to wear off sooner than you’d like. the depth and the place of the scratch are also important, giving various results. Most of the time, these products are also going to smear the lenses that feature AR coating.
Best solution for removing scratches? Simply get new ones. Luckily for you there are plenty of shops online that not only give you so many options to choose from, but you may also run into some discount coupons that help you get great deals.
Now that you’re on the point of buying new lenses, it’s wiser that you go with durable scratch-resistant coating.
Our final piece of advice
Eyeglass lenses are going to pose a higher risk for scratching if you’re not storing them accordingly. You should store your glasses in a clean eyeglass case. Remember not to place them on a table/counter, with the lenses facing down.
When you don’t have the glasses case within reach, it’s better that you place the glasses upside down. Leave the temples open and put your glasses in a safe place, where the risk for getting knocked off a table is minimal.
All eyeglasses are eventually going to get some scratches in time and that’s expected when you’re using them on a regular basis. Even the best lenses out there are scratch resistant and not scratch-proof.