When you buy them, your new sunglasses are so clean you can see so clearly with them. However, over time, your glasses will become dirty and stained. It's practically impossible for you not to leave fingerprints and other smudges on your glasses! Here's how you can return your sunglasses to their original clean state.
Method 1 of 3: Using Sunglasses Cleaning Liquid and Microfiber Cloth
Step 1. Pay attention to how dirty your sunglasses are
Also, check to see if there are any other parts of your glasses that need cleaning. Take a look at the nose and ears. Usually this area can be exposed to the natural oils from your hair and skin which, if collected, make them dirty more quickly. If your sunglasses need to be cleaned quickly, wipe them with a microfiber cloth.
Step 2. Use a clean microfiber cloth
Don't clean it with a dirty cloth! Cleaning with a clean cloth prevents dust and other debris from transferring and also reduces the risk of the lenses being scratched when wiping eyeglass cleaning fluid.
Step 3. Spray both sides of both lenses with eyeglass cleaner
We recommend that you use the spray that you got when you bought your sunglasses. This spray is specifically made for your glasses and protects the extra layer of your lenses. Try to spray it from a distance so that the liquid is evenly distributed on the lens so that when you wipe it there is no buildup of liquid that can accumulate as a smudge.
Step 4. Hold each lens with a microfiber cloth (which is specially made for glasses)
Apply gentle pressure. Wipe the glasses using circular motions, back and forth to reduce lines and smudges on the lenses.
Method 2 of 3: Cleaning the Lens with Soap and Water
Step 1. Place the lens under a hot shower
Make sure the water is warm enough to touch. Wetting the lens with water that is too hot can damage the coating on the lens.
Step 2. Squirt a small amount of dish soap on each side of the lens
With your forefinger and thumb, gently spread the soap using a circular motion. Rub so that the soap is evenly distributed over each lens.
Step 3. Wash the lens again to clean it from the soap
Let the running water wash off the soap–don't rub it with your fingers. If you rub it, your lenses may smudge.
Step 4. Lift the glasses
Try looking at the light source (preferably natural light) through the lenses of these glasses and see if there is any soap residue left. You should only see water droplets on the lens.
Step 5. Allow the lenses to dry naturally or gently shake the glasses to dry them
Avoid wiping the water with paper towels or rags. Choose a clean microfiber cloth. If you use paper towels, do not rub the lens. Instead, gently wipe off any remaining water, letting the paper towels absorb it. Do this to avoid any remaining water stains.
If you don't have a microfiber cloth, use a cotton cloth. The only thing that can replace a microfiber cloth is a "clean cotton cloth." If you use another material, you could seriously scratch your lens
Method 3 of 3: Making Your Own Lens Cleaning Liquid
Step 1. Mix alcohol and water
Using alcohol to clean a wound is a safe way to clean glass without damaging the lens coating such as the anti-reflective coating.
- Mix alcohol and water in a 3:1 ratio.
- Make as much liquid as possible and store the rest in a small spray bottle for later use.
- Spray and wipe the lens with a clean cotton cloth using a circular motion.
Step 2. Add a drop or two of dish soap to this liquid for a clearer finish when the lenses have been wiped
This gives the same result as cleaning the lens under running water with dish soap. Add a little soap to the diluted alcohol solution to get a clear lens.
Step 3. Apply this liquid to other parts of the glasses
Over-the-counter lens cleaners are only made specifically for cleaning lenses, while diluted alcohol can be safely applied to areas such as the ears and nose of glasses. Clean all parts of the glasses with this liquid until they return to their original clean state.
Step 4. Avoid using other household cleaning products such as window cleaners
These chemicals are too harsh on lenses to damage them and the repair costs are not cheap (eg the cost of replacing the lens coating). Even if it's convenient to use this product, don't add it to your lens cleaning fluid.
- If your glasses are expensive, it's a good idea to check the information you got when you bought them. There may be a specific thing you should use to clean it.
- Never rub the lens dry. Because this can cause scratches.
- Always store glasses in a hard protective case with the lenses facing up.
- Don't leave your glasses in a hot car.
- Do not use spit to clean the lens. It may seem practical, but saliva can contain oils that can make things worse.
- Never wipe the lens with a t-shirt.
- Do not steam the lens with your breath and then wipe it with a t-shirt as this can scratch the lens.
- Do not use ammonia, bleach, vinegar or window cleaners as these products damage the coating on lenses, whether prescribed or not.
- Do not use spit because it can damage the lens.