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How To Clean Glasses (A Simple & Thorough Guide)

If you’ve never learned how to clean glasses (the right way), this article is about to change your life. Smudges aren’t in season, and if you shop at Pat & Jack, you likely care about fashion. We’re based in Montreal, afterall.

Of course, we’ve all been guilty of the shirt swipe at one point or another. And while it may seem harmless, your clothes can actually damage the lenses overtime. The opposite of what you want in a pair of prescription glasses.

Glasses have a delicate lens coating that is oh-so-easy to damage. Especially if you regularly leave your glasses on the countertop. That’s why today, we’re going to teach you the best way to clean your glasses. Once and for all. This method will increase the lifespan of your glasses so you can see clearly everyday.

Why You Should Regularly Clean Your Glasses (& How Often To)

Knowing how to clean glasses can change the way you see the world. Literally. Properly cleaning your glasses increases their lifespan while also preventing germs from spreading to your face. So it’s a worthwhile win-win.

Cleaning glasses on a daily basis can also prevent smudges, scratches, and other long-term damage. So what is the right way to clean your glasses?

How To Clean Glasses The Right Way

Glasses can really make or break your day. It’s hard to focus when you can’t see past the smudge on your lens! And this only gets more common when you have kids. If you’re in a hurry, you might feel tempted to give them a swipe on your shirt. Don’t give in. Overtime, your lenses can get damaged from this common habit.

Fortunately, the best way to clean your glasses is quick and easy. Even if you don’t have time to clean your glasses everyday, you’ll see the difference quite literally. Follow these six easy steps to safely clean your glasses:

Wash & Dry Your Hands

Clean glasses are best achieved with clean hands. Shocking, right? To begin, set aside your vintage specs and thoroughly wash your hands. This will remove any dirt and oil on your fingertips so you don’t accidentally smudge your glasses in the process. Been there, done that.

Rinse Your Glasses Under The Tap (With Lukewarm Water)

Next, rinse your glasses under the tap with lukewarm water. The temperature really matters here. The lukewarm water will soften stubborn dirt on your frames for easy removal. Cold water can’t sufficiently do this and hot water can damage the delicate coating on your lenses.

Use A Small Drop Of Lotion-Free Dishwashing Liquid On Each Lens

Once your glasses are wet, it’s time to get soapy. Use lotion-free dishwasher soap to clean the lenses. Apply one drop to each lens while trying not to touch the lenses with the bottle cap. Always opt for mild soap over other domestic cleaning products.

Gently Rub Both Sides Of The Lens’

Your lenses are delicate, so gentleness is key here! Gently rub both sides of the lens to lather the soap. Make sure to only use your fingers and thumbs during this step. Brushes and sponges are far too abrasive for the lens.

After cleaning the lenses, rub the frames, nose pads, and temples (arms). Be extra diligent around tight edges or corners where dust and oil can get trapped. The inner areas of your glasses will be dirtier so take your time.

Thoroughly Rinse Your Glasses

After you’ve thoroughly washed your glasses, rinse off any excess soap with lukewarm water. Hold the ends of the temples (arms) to do so. Make sure to rinse off all residual soap as this can cause smearing later on. Remember: hot water can damage the lens. A simple rule of thumb is if it’s too hot for your hands, it’s too hot for your glasses.

Dry With A Clean Microfiber Cloth

The last step is also the most enjoyable. Now that your glasses are squeaky clean, use a microfiber cloth to gently pat them dry. No pun intended.

When you order glasses online at Pat & Jack, we always provide you with a microfiber cloth for this purpose. If you choose to use another cloth, make sure it hasn’t been washed with fabric softener or a dryer sheet. These can cause smears on your lenses. Take extra care over the edges to remove any moisture hiding in the cracks.

Things To NEVER Do When Cleaning Your Glasses

Now that you’ve learned the best way to clean your glasses, there are few things you should avoid doing. While these cleaning methods may seem harmless, they can damage your glasses in the long-run. For the love of your specs:

  • Don’t use your clothing to clean your glasses. No shirt swipes! Though this may be a hard habit to break, the dust and debris left on fabric can scratch the lenses.

  • Don’t use tissues or paper towels to clean your glasses. The rough material from these household products can also scratch your lenses.

  • Don’t dry your glasses with materials other than microfiber towels. These are just soft enough to dry without scratching the lenses. Use the one that’s provided with your glasses in the case. Always make sure your microfiber towel hasn’t been washed with fabric softener or dryer sheets as these products can smear your lenses.

  • Don’t use household cleaning products. While they work for cleaning other accessories, they usually contain harsh chemicals that can destroy the delicate surface of your lens. We always recommend isopropyl alcohol wipes or sprays that are specially designed to clean glasses.

  • Don’t leave your glasses on the countertop after use. Any product residue left on your counters (such as hairspray or perfume) can damage your lenses. Use the case your glasses came in whenever you’re not wearing them. This is also a great way to never lose them!

  • Following the previous point, don’t wear your glasses on your head. Yes, they’re easier to keep track of, but your natural hair oil can dirty and damage the lens.

  • Don’t leave your glasses in the car during extreme weather. Not only can extreme heat or cold damage your lenses, but also disform the frame shape. Not exactly ideal for frames like these.

Final Thoughts: Long Term Glasses Care Tips

In short, take care of your glasses like you would your car. Dirt, dust, and debris are not your friends when it comes to protecting your eyesight. Now that you know the best way to clean your glasses, we suggest following this method on a regular basis. If not everyday, once a week will suffice. This prevents the buildup of makeup, oil, dirt, and germs. And those persistent smudges you can’t seem to wipe away.

Be sure to always store them in the case when not in use. If you don’t have the case on hand, you can place them lens-up while folded or upside down while unfolded. This will protect the integrity of your lenses.

Following these steps long-term will increase the lifespan of your glasses. If you’re in need of new specs, we offer a wide range of reading glasses to help you see clearly with style.


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