Cleaning Tips For Your Eyeglasses
You have just invested your hard earned money on the perfect pair of eyeglasses. Here are some cleaning tips to help protect that investment and keep your lenses looking brand new as long as possible.
- Always rinse your lenses off before wiping or cleaning them.
If you wipe your lenses dry, any dust or debris on the lenses will be wiped around and can cause scratches. You can use warm water or spray cleaners designed to clean eyeglass lenses. Never use household cleaners such as Windex, because the chemicals in those cleaners can eat through any coatings you have on your lenses. Also avoid hair spray, as those chemicals are harsh to the surface of your lenses. Cleaning your eyeglasses with dish soap is not recommended because of the many additives in the soap. We recommend cleaning your glasses once a day to keep them clear of smudges, debris, and dirt that can diminish your vision.
- Always dry with a soft cotton cloth or microfiber cloth.
Never use paper products such as napkins, paper towels, or tissue. These products are all made of wood fibers and over time will cause scratches. Avoid using your T-shirt, even if it is cotton, as it may have dirt on it. Some people like to air dry their eyeglasses after washing, but this can leave water spots from mineral deposits in some water supplies. For this reason, we recommend wiping them with a soft, clean, lint-free, microfiber cloth.
- Be careful how you handle the frames.
It is best to hold the frame firmly by the nose bridge to avoid accidentally bending the frame. Always lay your eyeglasses down with the lenses facing upward. It is best to store your eyeglasses in a hard-shell case when not wearing. Remember: Always remove your eyeglasses with both hands when taking them off to avoid bending the temples.
At Eyes For Life, we provide eyeglass cleaner and micro-fiber clothes free with the purchase of your eyeglasses. Additional cleaner or microfiber clothes can be purchased as needed. Bring in any Eyes For Life 2 oz or larger bottle, and we will refill it with eyeglass cleaner for free! We are also happy to re-adjust your spectacles at no additional charge! Ask about our frame warranty to help further protect your investment. For any additional information, give us a call or stop by our Spokane location and talk to one of our wonderful opticians!
By Dr. Kellen Robertson