Much of the time, people use the sleeve of their shirt to wipe their glasses whenever they become dusty, covered in fingerprints or fogged over. Some of us even breathe on their lenses before wiping them. Although using your shirt may seem to be the easiest and the most natural thing to do when your lenses are dirty, it is certainly not the right way to clean your glasses.
Simply wiping your lenses with your sleeve cannot remove the dust, moisture, natural oils from your skin and bacteria sticking to the lenses and frames. If the cloth is coarse, it can even damage the protective coating and leave unsightly scratch marks that can affect your vision. Therefore, you should know how to clean your glasses the right way.
Although there are numerous products in the market that claim to provide the best cleaning solution for your glasses, the best one is right in your kitchen – the dishwashing detergent. Besides getting rid of dust and dirt, this method also effectively gets rid of the oils and bacteria.
How to Give Your Glasses a Thorough Cleaning
- RINSE the glasses thoroughly with warm running water to remove the dust and dirt.
- WASH the frame and lenses with warm water and dish washing detergent or any other mild soap to remove the oils and bacteria. Use a soft cloth if necessary to get rid of any grime, leftover makeup or hair product stuck to your frames.
- BLOT the frame and lenses with soft dry cotton cloth.
Never use window cleaner or any type of cleaning liquid that contains ammonia, vinegar or bleach as these chemicals may corrode the protective coating of your lenses.
In order to keep your glasses in good condition and make them long-lasting, you should clean your glasses using one of the above methods at least once a day –preferably in the morning. As the nose pads and hinges of the frame accumulate the maximum amount of oil, grime, bacteria and more, you should pay special attention to those areas. Knowing how to clean your glasses the right way can prolong the life of your glasses and make sure your vision remains crystal clear.