Simple tips to keep your eyewear lenses clean
10th May 2018
- Rinse your eyewear 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 lenses.
- 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 moisturisers.
- 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.
- Gently rub both sides of the lenses using a clean lint-free cloth (a cloth that doesn’t give up any fluff when used). Ideally use a microfibre or synthetic chamois cloth. Don’t use kitchen towel as this is surprisingly abrasive and will scratch polycarbonate/plastic lenses. Try and clean every part, including where the edge of the lenses meet the frame where dust, debris and skin oils can accumulate. It’s also worth cleaning the nose pads and the ends of the temples that rest behind your ears.
- Purpose-made lens cleaning solutions are widely available and not expensive as even a small bottle will last a long time. Never use general household glass or surface cleaners to clean your eyewear as these typically have ingredients like vinegar that can damage lenses and coatings such as anti-reflective coatings.
See our accessories section for a wide selection of lens cleaning product/kits.