I recently just starting wearing glasses (after my last visit to the optometrist) and one thing that I find is hard is keeping my glasses clean. Yes, I am a bit OCD!
Because of this, I have been looking at a ton of different options for cleaning my eyeglass lenses. There are so many different products out there so it can be a bit overwhelming.
Over the past few months, I have been testing a number of different options and I am ready to share it here and what I find to be the best eyeglass lens cleaner.
Best Eyeglass Lens Cleaners 2017 Comparison Chart
Coming soon – still working out all the kinks but I should have this updated right here very soon.
What Is The Best Method For Cleaning Your Eyeglasses?
It is recommended that you wash your eyeglasses every morning for clear vision. Additional cleaning may be required throughout the day depending on how fast the eyeglasses get dirty. The majority of people using eyeglasses find themselves in a dilemma when it comes to keeping their eyeglasses clean. If you are one of the many eyeglass users, then you know that there is nothing as irritating as smudged eyeglasses.
To maintain the eyeglasses spotless, many people have used improper methods and ended up with disappointments. Many people can attest to having used the corner of their shirt to clean smudged lenses repeatedly even though they know it’s wrong. The shirt may have dust that can cause scrapes to your eyeglasses.
So you may ask, what is the best method for cleaning your eyeglasses? Well, the best method is to use lukewarm water, simple dish soap and lint-free towel and it involves the following steps:
1. Always clean your hands and dry them prior to cleaning the glasses. This is to get rid of dirt or oils from your hands. These can be transferred to the lenses leading to scratches or smudge. Clean your hands using dishwashing liquid or lotion-free soap to ensure that they are completely clean and dry the hands with a clean towel preferably one that is lint-free.
2. Rinse the eyeglasses with running lukewarm water: This removes solid particles that can cause scrapes to your lenses during the cleaning process.
3. Apply very small amount of lotion-free dish soap to each lens or at your fingertips and then gently rub it on the lenses. Only a small drop is used since most dishwashing liquids are concentrated. Avoid using liquids which have lotion as a component. Alternatively, you can dunk your eyeglasses in a basin/sink full of lukewarm water that has a small drop of dishwashing liquid in it. Gently, move it in a circular motion and rinse with warm water.
4. All parts of the frame and both sides of the lenses are rubbed gently for a few seconds: This is to ensure that every part is cleaned. Special attention should be paid to the region where the edges meet the frame since it’s prone to dirt and oil accumulation.
5. Both sides of the lenses and the frame should be rinsed thoroughly. Failure to get rid of all soap will lead to foam being smeared to your lenses during drying.
6. Shake the glasses gently to remove most of the water from the lenses. Carefully inspect the lenses to ensure they are spotless.
7. Carefully wipe the glasses dry using a clean, lint-free towel. You can use a new dish towel or a cotton towel, but make sure that it’s completely clean. If dirt particles are trapped in the towel, lens scratching can result while if the towel is laced with oils, smears will occur.
8. Cross-inspect the lenses for any smudge that remains after drying. If there is any, wipe it clean using a microfiber cloth that can be obtained from an optical shop.
For touch-up cleaning of your lenses, use specifically formulated pre-moistened disposable lens cleaning wipes. If any part of the eyeglasses has become hard to clean, you should visit your optician.
When all is said and done, there are some things that you should avoid when it comes to cleaning your eyeglasses. These include; hot water, which can destroy some eyeglass lens coatings and soap with lotion.
If you follow the above steps, you are sure to end up with smudge-free, clean and scratch-free eyeglasses and the method is cheap and easy.