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How to Clean Glasses?

Properly cleaned glasses can significantly improve one’s vis...

Properly cleaned glasses can significantly improve one’s vision and reduce eye strain. Keeping eyeglasses clean is not just about maintaining a polished appearance, but also about prolonging the life of the glasses and ensuring optimal lens clarity. Over time, dust, oils from the skin, and environmental pollutants can coat the surface of the lenses, leading to smeared, scratched, or cloudy glasses. An effective cleaning routine removes these contaminants without damaging the lenses.

Understanding the correct way to clean glasses is crucial for anyone who wears them. Using the wrong materials or techniques can easily damage the delicate lens coatings, such as anti-reflective or anti-scratch layers. To maintain the integrity of these coatings and to ensure clarity of vision, one must use the right cleaning tools and solutions. A gentle wash with appropriate cleansers, followed by careful drying with a microfiber cloth, can keep glasses in top condition.

The process begins with thorough hand washing, as dirty hands can transfer additional oils and dirt to the lenses. Rinsing glasses under a gentle stream of water helps to dislodge particles that could scratch the lenses during cleaning. Using specific cleaning solutions designed for eyeglasses or mild, lotion-free dishwashing soap creates a gentle lather that effectively dissolves grease and fingerprints without harming the lenses.

Materials Needed

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When preparing to clean glasses, having the right materials at hand is essential. Here's a list of items needed for effective and safe cleaning:

●Water: Preferably running tap water to rinse off dust and debris from the lenses. 
●Lotion-free soap or dishwashing liquid: To emulsify and remove oils and fingerprints from the lenses without leaving a residue. 
●Microfiber cloth: This type of cloth is ideal for drying and polishing the lenses as it won't scratch the surface like other fabrics might. 




Rinsing lenses

Soap or Dishwashing Liquid

Removing oils

Microfiber Cloth

Drying and polishing lenses

●Lint-free towel: It's useful for drying hands before handling glasses to prevent transferring oils back onto the clean lenses. 
Additionally, one may consider: 
●Specific Eyeglass Cleaner: A specialized cleaner designed to be safe for polycarbonate lenses and lens coatings. 
●A soft-bristled brush: Sometimes helpful in removing accumulated debris from the frame or around the edge of the lenses.

These materials should ensure a thorough cleaning without damaging the eyeglasses. They must handle them gently to maintain their condition and effectiveness.

Preparation for Cleaning

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Proper preparation is essential in ensuring that glasses are cleaned effectively and safely. The individual must start by washing and drying their hands to avoid transferring oils or dirt to the eyeglass lenses. It's best to use lotion-free soap or dishwashing liquid with a clean, lint-free towel for drying the hands.

Once hands are clean, they should gently rinse the glasses under a lukewarm stream of tap water to remove any initial dust or debris. This step helps prevent scratching the lenses during the cleaning process.

Checklist Before Cleaning:

●Hands washed with lotion-free soap 
●A clean, lint-free towel for drying 
●Access to lukewarm tap water 
●Possession of a microfiber cloth for lens wiping 
●A safe location with a flat surface to lay the glasses if needed

The individual should avoid using hot water, as it can damage some lens coatings. Similarly, the eyewear must not be cleaned without preparation, as dry-wiping can rub in debris, potentially causing scratches. Proper preparation ensures the eyewear is cleaned without causing damage, maintaining the quality and longevity of the lenses.

Daily Cleaning Routine

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A daily cleaning routine is essential to maintain the clarity and longevity of your eyeglasses. Regular care prevents the build-up of dust, oils, and other contaminants that can damage the lenses or coatings.

Dry Cleaning Method 

To safely remove dust and debris without scratching the lenses, one should use a microfiber cloth. It's important to wipe the lenses in a circular motion gently. If the cloth itself is dirty, it can introduce new debris, so it should be kept clean and replaced regularly.

Wet Cleaning Technique 

When a more thorough cleaning is needed, one can opt for the wet cleaning technique. The user should first rinse the glasses under lukewarm water to remove any loose particles. Then, apply a small amount of lotion-free dish soap directly to the lenses. Using fingertips, spread the soap in a gentle, circular rub over both the lenses and the frame, taking extra care around nose pads and temples. Finally, the glasses should be rinsed again and dried with a lint-free towel.

Deep Cleaning Process

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A thorough deep cleaning of glasses involves meticulous steps to ensure that every particle of dirt and grime is removed. This process incorporates household methods and specialized cleaners to achieve a crystal-clear finish.

Soap and Water Method 

●Step 1: One begins by washing and drying their hands to avoid transferring dirt or oils to the lenses. 
●Step 2: The glasses are then carefully rinsed under lukewarm water to remove initial debris. 
●Step 3: A small drop of lotion-free dish soap is applied to each lens, and with gentle circular motions, they are cleaned using fingertips. 
●Step 4: The eyewear is rinsed again, ensuring all soap is washed away. 
●Step 5: Using a clean, lint-free towel, the glasses are dried, taking care not to rub too hard and damage the lenses.

Specialized Cleaners Use

●Step 1: One sprays a modest amount of specialized cleaner designed for eyeglasses onto both sides of each lens. 
●Step 2: With a microfiber cloth, they rub the solution across the lens in a circular motion to loosen any oily residues. 
●Step 3: The glasses are rinsed with clean water to remove the cleaning solution completely. 
●Step 4: Finally, glasses are dried with a fresh, lint-free microfiber cloth, ensuring that no streaks or smudges remain.

Drying and Storing

After cleaning glasses, it's crucial to dry them properly to prevent water spots and remove any remaining debris. Moreover, storing your glasses correctly ensures they are protected from scratches and damage when not in use.

Air Drying Tips

If one chooses to let their glasses air dry, they should give them a gentle shake to remove excess water. Water can be particularly detrimental to the nooks around the frame, hence ensuring they are free of droplets is wise. For those aiming to avoid streaks, using a gas duster can help to quickly dispel any droplets from the lenses and frame.

Proper Storage Practices

When glasses are not being worn, they should always be stored in a sturdy, protective case. Not only does this safeguard against scratches, but it also minimizes the risk of accidental damage. Glasses should be kept away from high heat to avoid warping—particularly the frames which can become misshapen under high temperatures.

Professional Care


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When one's eyeglasses require maintenance beyond basic home cleaning, professional care is an advisable option. Opticians or professional cleaners use specialized equipment and solutions to ensure eyewear is maintained to the highest standard.

●Ultrasonic Cleaning: Professionals often employ ultrasonic cleaners that use high-frequency sound waves to safely remove debris and buildup that regular cleaning cannot. 
●Scratch and Damage Inspection: They inspect glasses for scratches or damage and can advise on the best course of action, whether it's polishing out minor blemishes or recommending lens replacement.

Moreover, when one visits a professional, they can ensure that the eyeglasses fit correctly. An optician can adjust the frames to sit comfortably on the face, preventing future discomfort or slippage that can lead to improper cleaning handling.

Professional care also serves as a preventive measure, extending the lifespan of eyeglasses by addressing wear and tear before it becomes a significant problem. Individuals should seek professional cleaning services periodically to maintain optimal performance and hygiene of their eyewear.

Jay Zhang

Jay Zhang, with over 5 years of experience, currently serves as the Sales Manager at JIANGSU MAAT OPTICAL TECHNOLOGY CO LTD. He specializes in research and development, as well as manufacturing, of photochromic lenses with a wide range of optional colors. In his role, Jay excels in marketing, customer-focused service, ensuring service quality, and enhancing the overall customer experience. His expertise lies in the commerce sector, contributing to the success of the company in the dynamic Chinese market since January 2023.

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