Almost every day someone asks us how to care for their glasses. Unfortunately, most of us are guilty of one of the worst crimes in lens care; exhaling on our lenses and then wiping them off on a shirt or piece of clothing.
LOOK, this is simple. The best way to care for your lenses is also one of the most basic options available. Run warm water over your glasses and then put a tiny drop of dish-washing detergent on the lenses to create a lather, rinse, and carefully dry them with a clean, lint free, towel.
Here are a few additional tips.
- Before cleaning your glasses make sure your hands are clean.
- Use warm water to help remove dust and debris, but avoid hot water which can damage lens coatings.
- Use lotion-free dish-washing soap (i.e. Dawn Original) and only apply a very small amount.
- Make sure you clean the entire frame, and be sure to focus on where the edges of the lenses meet the frames. This is where most dust, debris, and oils accumulate.
- Rinse and dry thoroughly, otherwise your lenses will smear.
- Use a clean towel that has not been washed with fabric softener or dryer sheets.
- Do not use your shirt or other cloth, especially when your lenses are dry. This can scratch your lenses.
- Do not use your saliva to wet your lenses. Aside from the obvious reasons, it will also leave a streaky residue.
- Do not use household glass or surface cleaners. Many of these products have ingredients that can damage lens coatings.
- Do not use paper towels or toilet paper to clean your lenses. This can also scratch your lenses.
- Do not try and buff away scratches. This will not help and more than likely only make the situation worse.