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How to Clean Your Eyeglasses or Sunglasses – Vint & York

There is nothing worse than a distracting smudge stamped right in the middle of your eyeglasses lens. Or when your glasses always feel dirty. And it’s so tempting to grab the closest thing and start rubbing!

But stop. Trust us. We here at Vint & York have seen the horrific results of cleaning your eyeglasses with whatever happens to be around. While rubbing the smudge off your eyeglasses with a kitchen towel or shirt might get rid of the smudge for the moment, it will actually leave a much more distracting damage to the lenses in the long run — damage that can’t be erased.

Whether you’re only a beginner who started wearing eyeglasses just recently or have been wearing them your whole life, you may still find yourself wondering about the secrets of keeping clean and immaculate eyeglasses. Stick with this guide and you’ll learn how to properly clean your lenses and frames without any smudges, streaks or scratching!

Quick overview:

The recommended steps to clean glasses:

Let’s get to work! Follow these steps to properly clean eyeglasses sunglasses:

  • 1.To start, run your glasses under lukewarm water. Don’t use hot water, as it will decrease the lifespan on some lenses with coating. Extremely hot water may also distort the shape of some plastic frames.
  • 2. Pick a simple kitchen dish soap. Put a small drop of dish soap on your fingertips. Gently rub on both sides of the lenses and the nose pads. If you’re looking for the best way to clean eyeglasses at home, dish soap is your answer. Even the American Optometric Association recommends it.

When using the dish soap method, citric-based detergent should not be used as it can damage the lenses. You should also avoid kitchen soap that also has lotion in it. Instead use a very simple, basic kitchen-sink soap without any fancy additives or abrasives.

An even more delicate way to clean your glasses with dish soap is to dunk your eyeglasses in a sink full of warm water that has a dollop of dish soap in it. Swish them around, rinse under warm water and get ready for everything to look much clearer!

  • 3. Rinse with warm water, and gently dry he remaining water drops with a clean, microfiber cloth. Use light touches. The microfiber cloth leaves no fluff, so your glasses should be perfectly clean.
  • 4. Inspect the frames and repeat steps until your lenses are spotless. If there are still smudges, dirt or oil that wasn’t properly cleaned off your glasses using dish soap, it’s time to repeat the steps. Put them under lukewarm water, add dish soap and gently massage them once again!
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  • 5. For small smudges on the glasses during the day, keep a microfiber cloth handy for dry touch-ups. Swipe only from arms to nosepiece. To remove oil and grease from eyeglasses, you have to swipe in the correct direction. Always start your eyeglasses swipe at the arms of the glasses (temple) and come towards the nosepieces. The eyeglass frame’s central brim and nose bridge (and nose pads, if any) should be kept for your last swipe.
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  • There’s a reason you want to swipe you eyeglass lenses from arms to nosepiece. Much of the grease and oil that’s on your face will build up on the bridge of the frame and on the nosepieces. These eyeglass parts are known for harboring skin contact residue that tends to remain on the eyeglass cleaning cloth. If you start your swipe from the nose, you will smear all that oil and grease across the lenses, which will give you more cleaning work you’ll have to address if you want your glasses to be smudge-free.
  • 6. Every so often, use jewelry polish safely on frames to refresh their look.

Only perform this step occasionally or you can end up doing more harm than good. An occasional dollop of jewelry polish on your frame will result in beautiful, clean and pristine eyeglass frames. If you polish plastic eyeglasses too often, the jewelry polish will eventually damage them. The same holds true for glasses frames that have a special finish. Polishing them too often can damage their special finish.

  • 7. Keep them cleaner for longer : Don’t leave the frames on a sink or vanity.
  • Leaving spectacles on a sink or vanity, where hairspray and perfume or powder can fly through the air, adds quickly to the residue. Avoiding this will keep your eyeglass frames cleaner for longer time.

The dish soap method is one of the best and safest ways to clean glasses. Dish soap works well for both metal and plastic acetate frames, but not on wood frames. Scroll below to find out what you can use on more special frames, like wood or vintage styles.

How to clean glasses with anti reflective coating or other special coatings?

Do your eyeglasses come with anti-reflective coating? Then this form of protective coating should never come into contact with ammonia, bleach, vinegar or window cleaner, which can break down the coating and strip them of the coating qualities.

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Lenses with anti-reflective coating may require more frequent cleaning than other lenses. Just remember the trade-off for more frequent cleaning is an increased clarity of the lenses.

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Since all the Vint & York eyeglasses come with Anti-Reflective Coating, Anti-Scratch Coating, and UV Coating, we perfected the process of cleaning coated lenses.

What are the best & worst products to clean eyeglasses lenses?

It’s common for dust and grease to build up on your eyeglasses, and learning the safest ways to clean eyeglasses keeps your frames and lenses in top shape. Grabbing for any household product to clean your eyeglasses is not a good idea, even if the product is known for being nontoxic, effective or even extremely good for cleaning windows and mirrors.

Glasses are made out of different materials than most other household items, which means you need a different way of cleaning them. That doesn’t mean, however, some common cleaners won’t work.

Let’s gather some common eyeglass cleaning supplies and test their efficiency! So let’s see: What is the best solution to clean eyeglasses, besides dish soap, which is the most recommended product?

1. Alcohol

Many of those who look for how to make homemade eyeglasses cleaner turn to alcohol solutions. This is a natural move, as most eyeglasses cleaner solutions are made with alcohol. But you may still wonder, “Does alcohol clean eyeglasses?” or “Is it safe to clean eyeglasses with alcohol?”. The experts and Vint & York are on it, we’re giving you the answer right now.

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When we talking about cleaning glasses with alcohol, we’re not referring to cleaning eyeglasses with vodka. We’re talking about combining, two common household ingredients that create a powerful and effective homemade eyeglass cleaner.

So, grab yourself a spray bottle of any size and use the following recipe:

  1. Fill your spray the bottle with ¾ full of rubbing alcohol.
    Add two small drops of mild liquid dish soap, and fill the rest of the bottle with water.
    Gently shake the mixture, being sure to not create any bubbles.
    Now, just spray both sides of your lenses and gently rub them clean with a soft cotton cloth.

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2. Cleaning Tissues

An excellent recommendation to keep your eyeglasses clean throughout the day is to carry individually packaged lens wipes.

Although the wipes are damp in the packets, they tend to dry fairly quickly, so don’t waste any time. Immediately after opening the lens cleaning wipe package, swipe the wet wipe on your lenses on both sides, and then on the nose bridge and nose pads.

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Once the wipe is dry, it becomes a cloth. Gently wipe it on your lens to remove any residue. Just be sure to wipe the nose bridge and nose pads last, as this is where most of the build up occurs. Swiping those areas before the lenses will only smear the residue all over the lenses.

Remember the best direction to swipe: from arms to nose bridge. The eyeglass frame’s central brim and nose bridge/nose pad should be kept for your last swipe, so you don’t spread the oils to the rest of the frame.

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3. Vinegar, Window Cleaner, and Toothpaste

Vinegar may be great for many household cleaning chores, while window cleaner and toothpaste can also work to clean a number of items. But none do well with eyeglasses.

Just because vinegar is an excellent, nontoxic cleaning agent for many things doesn’t mean it’s suitable for glasses. Vinegar can actually be very damaging to your lenses.

Window cleaners, like Windex and Lysol, are another solution you don’t want to use on eyeglasses. You also want to avoid cleaning your eyeglass lenses with ammonia or other household cleaners that contain strong chemicals. Those chemicals are not only strong enough to remove dirt from your home, but they’re also strong enough to eventually break down and destroy any type of anti-reflective coating on your eyeglass lenses.

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Using lemon juice to clean eyeglasses is another no-no. Just like the chemicals in cleaning agents, the acids in lemon juice can strip away the coatings on your eyeglasses.

What about toothpaste? Can toothpaste be used to clean glasses? In short, no. While some sources say that you can remove scratches from eyeglasses with toothpaste, it still isn’t a recommended solution. The ingredients in toothpaste can do more harm than good for your eyeglasses. Nor do the ingredients work as an anti-scratch spray for glasses.
When you’re looking for a home remedy for cleaning eyeglasses, it’s best to stick with dish soap and water.

If you’re looking for a more frugal version of any eyeglass cleaner, try dish washer soap and water — but never vinegar, window cleaner or toothpaste.

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4. Your shirt, or without any liquid

We’ve all done it. The biggest crime in lens care: exhaling onto the lenses, then wiping the fog off with part of our shirt.

You probably even know that’s the wrong way to clean glasses, but you do it anyway. When a massive smudge is interrupting your view, it’s simply too tempting to get rid of it anyway you can as quickly as possible.

A quick fix for cleaning a smudge off your lenses is certainly wiping it off with your shirt, or the nearest tissue, paper towel or napkin. But going for this quick fix for the short term will cause significant long-term damage to your lenses because your shirt contains dust and other particles that can easily scratch your glasses.

Using your breath or spit is another tempting quick fix for dirty lenses, but the method is ineffective and certainly not hygienic.

NEVER clean your glasses without using liquid, even with a microfiber cloth. Particles of dust end up pressed into the eyeglass lenses from the cloth. As you move the cloth around your lenses, your lenses will inevitably become scratched. So always use some sort of liquid, whether it is mild soap and water or a store purchased cleaner.

Now, if you’re looking to keep your glasses clean throughout the day, try to get into the habit of washing them each morning as part of your daily routine. This involves cleaning the frames, lenses, and earpieces. Not only will you start the day with clear, clean eyeglasses, but you’ll also be less tempted to use one of the quick yet damaging cleaning fixes throughout the day.

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5. Microfiber Cloths

As you already learned from this guide, safely clean eyeglasses without streaks and scratching involve some type of liquid. It bears repeated: never clean your eyeglasses without liquid.

When using liquid, you’re also going to want to use a microfiber cloth.

A microfiber cloth is actually considered the best thing to clean eyeglasses. That’s because they’re typically made from a combination of nylon and polyester, which almost guarantees not to cause scratching on your eyeglass lenses.

Microfiber cloths are so effective that they aren’t only the best fabric to clean eyeglasses, but are also considered to be the best material to clean anything that is prone to scratches.

However, dust and debris can still get caught in the fabric, so it is vital to keep them clean. When you use microfiber cloths on your glasses, do it so very gently. To keep microfiber cloths clean, simply hand wash eyeglasses cloths once a week, letting them hang to dry.

Special microfiber cloths are good for dry touch-ups during the day, but they aren’t a substitute for a thorough, soapy cleaning. Neither is your breath.

Do not use a cloth to buff a dry lens that’s just asking for scratches. Make it easy to give your glasses a quick, safe cleaning by keeping eyeglass cleaner and microfiber cloths at home, in the car, and at work.

Never use a tissue, paper towel or toilet paper to clean your eyeglasses. All of these products are paper-based, which means they’re typically wood-pulp based. Anything with a wood pulp base is not a good choice for wiping your glasses. Use cotton-based materials only.

6. Deep Clean Machine

Do you feel like your glasses have been through a lot and need a deep clean?
You can invest in an eyeglass cleaning machine for some periodic deep cleaning. This maintenance step is crucial to contribute to eyeglass longevity and clarity.

A machine to clean your eyeglasses can cost as little as $20, which makes it entirely economical to engage in this important step. With any eyeglass cleaning machines, always use clean lukewarm water even if the directions call for hot water. The High-temperature water can actually warp your frames and lens coating. Although you can use, tap water in your glasses cleaning machine filtered water is recommended.

Each machine comes with its own set of instructions, and the deep-cleaning process typically takes about 10 minutes. For an even deeper clean, you may also want to have your optician remove your lenses. That way the edges and frame groves can be cleaned thoroughly.

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Steps to clean small, inaccessible parts of glasses

Over time, your glasses may experience a buildup of oil and dirt, which can sometimes cause a film on your eyeglasses. While cleaning the small and inaccessible parts of the glasses may seem like a tedious task at first, it is actually fairly simple.
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  • 1. Use a soft bristle toothbrush
  • When learning how to clean these small parts, including the nose pads of glasses, just grab a soft-bristled toothbrush and lightly brush them. Don’t brush the lenses as it may cause scratches.

Maintenance is also a crucial component of promoting longevity of your eyeglasses that should not be skipped.

  • 2. Remove screws for metal frames

If you have metal-rimmed eyeglasses, you can remove the screws, tab them with Loctite (can be found in hardware or auto stores) and then put the screw back in. Doing so will keep your frames tighter.
As for those nose pads, they are replaceable if need be.

How to clean special frames?

When learning how to clean glasses parts properly, it’s crucial that you first consider what your frames are made of. Plastic and metal are the most common frames, but we also go over vintage and hipster frames in this guide.

Once you’ve determined the material used in your frames, you can proceed with the following cleaning methods. However, if you’re still unsure of the material used, a soft cloth and warm water is generally the safest route for cleaning your frames.

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1. Plastic Acetate Frames

Most modern frames are made of high-quality celluloid acetate in gloss or matte finish, which is what you’ll find with Vint & York. Of the 69 million Americans who bought prescription spectacles last year, most purchased plastic lenses. Glass has gone out of fashion, mainly due to safety concerns.

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  • 1. Cleaning plastic eyeglasses lenses is fairly easy. You may have standard plastic lenses, which tend to be more scratch-resistant than polycarbonate lenses, as it’s a harder material. Keep in mind that plastic is soft and can scratch easily. Once lenses are scraped up, there is no way to buff that scratch out.
  • 2. You can also clean haze off plastic eyeglasses lenses fairly easily. First, the trick to keeping that film from occurring is to prevent it from setting in. Regular washing of your eyeglasses can take care of that. To remove the haze, use a mild hand or dish soap and lightly brush the frames with a soft toothbrush, being sure to not rub on the actual lenses.

Maybe you still have questions, such as How do you clean tortoise shell glasses? Never use anything with ammonia or acid to clean tortoise shell lenses, as these substances can actually destroy that beloved vintage pattern.

2. Metal frames

Metal eyeglasses frames are highly popular since they are lightweight and can feature a unique, beautiful antiqued finish.

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Grimy, slippery and dirty metal frames can be really annoying to wear, and cleaning them is actually easy. You can use a jewelry polish or allow your frames to sit in lukewarm water with dish soap overnight. Doing so will break down the buildup of oil and grease better than other cleaning methods.

Then in the morning, just rinse them with warm water and dry them with a clean, soft cloth.

3. Wood frames

Wood is somewhat harder to maintain and can be easily damaged if not stored properly. If you are not wearing them, keep them in a hard case or safe place.

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Care for your wood glasses the same way you would care for a nice piece of wood furniture. Apply a coat of oil or wax to bring the luster back.

If you’re just after the wooden look and don’t want to overcomplicate your life with maintaining wooden glasses, try the “faux” wooden eyeglasses – they look like wood but give you the durability and ease of acetate.

4. Vintage Frames

Authentically vintage frames are going to several years — or decades — old. Make sure you examine your vintage frames to spot any imperfections or damage, as this can change the methods used to clean them.
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Some vintage fashion glasses have special details that need extra attention, just like little pieces of jewelry. Typically, jewelry polish or lukewarm water with mild dish soap can be used safely on them. However, if you polish plastic eyeglasses too often they will eventually damage them.

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5. Hipster Glasses

If you’re trying to figure out how to clean hipster glasses, the only thing you should keep in mind is to not polish them too often. Doing so can damage the special finish.

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Generally, lukewarm water and mild dish soap can also be used to clean hipster frames. The soap and water method typically works for hipster frames of all types, from wood to antique finish with anything in between.

If you’re still wondering how to clean nonprescription glasses, you need not wonder any longer. The same steps used to clean prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses can be used to clean nonprescription glasses as well.

How to keep eyeglasses cleaner for a longer time

Many eyeglass wearers wonder how to keep the lenses clean, or how to stop glasses from smudging. You’ll be happy to know that keeping your eyewear clean for longer periods of time is super easy with some little tips and tricks.

Here are the steps to keep glasses clean for longer periods of time:

  • 1. Watch where you lace them. Keeping your glasses cleaner can be as simple as never resting your glasses on the sink or any surface where you use hair products and cosmetics. This is because the buildup can be transferred onto your glasses.
  • 2. When looking to keep eyeglasses clean longer, you also want to be sure to never put your glasses down on their lenses.
  • 3. Try to always place them back in their case when you aren’t using them. At the very least, place them on their frames instead of lenses. This will help protect your lenses from smudges and scratches.
  • 4. Persistent smearing in the center of your lenses? It might be your lashes or mascara. You may experience persistent smudging in the center of your lenses, despite your incredible efforts to keep them clean. This is a common problem for many women as well as men with long, thick eyelashes.

    If you have naturally long lashes, nose pads or a thin adhesive pad under the nose bridge can help deter the smudging from happening. This prevents lashes and their natural oils from touching the lenses.

    If the smudging occurs from your makeup, try curling your eyelashes at the base and the ends once you have applied mascara. This will change the angle of your lashes so they’re not brushing up against your lenses.

    • Dish soap, warm water, and a dry cloth are the eyeglasses cleaning supplies you need, once a day, to keep glasses optimally clean and functional.
    • Natural oils from your hands, eyelashes and face can lead to a lot of buildups each day, reducing lenses’ effectiveness.
    • Leaving spectacles on a sink or vanity, where hairspray and perfume can fly through the air, adds to the residue.

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    Voila! Everything looks brighter and clearer now!

    Your eyeglasses are an investment, so making them last longer with proper care should be one of your ongoing priorities.

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    Cleaning your glasses? Here’s how to do it the right way


    By Gary Heiting, OD

    Cleaning your eyeglasses daily is the best way to keep them looking great and prevent lens scratches and other eyewear damage.

    But there’s a right way — and plenty of wrong ways — when it comes to how to clean glasses.

    Steps for cleaning your glasses

    Follow these tips to clean your eyeglass lenses and frames without risk of scratching the lenses or causing other damage. These cleaning tips will help you keep your sunglasses, safety glasses and sports eyewear in great shape, too.

    1. Wash and dry your hands thoroughly.

    Before cleaning your eyeglasses, make sure your hands are free from dirt, grime, lotion and anything else that could be transferred to your lenses. Use lotion-free soap or dishwashing liquid and a clean, lint-free towel to clean your hands.

    2. Rinse your glasses under a gentle stream of lukewarm tap water.

    This will remove dust and other debris, which can help avoid scratching your lenses when you are cleaning them. Avoid hot water, which can damage some eyeglass lens coatings.

    3. Apply a small drop of lotion-free dishwashing liquid to each lens.

    Most dishwashing liquids are very concentrated, so use only a tiny amount. Or apply a drop or two to your fingertip instead. Use only brands that do not include lotions.

    4. Gently rub both sides of the lenses and all parts of the frame for a few seconds.

    Make sure you clean every part, including the nose pads and the ends of the temples that rest behind your ears. Also, clean the area where the edge of the lenses meet the frame — dust, debris and skin oils frequently accumulate here.

    5. Rinse both sides of the lenses and the frame thoroughly.

    Failing to remove all traces of soap will cause the lenses to be smeared when you dry them.

    6. Gently shake the glasses to eliminate most of the water from the lenses.

    Inspect the lenses carefully to make sure they are clean.

    7. Carefully dry the lenses and frame with a clean, lint-free towel.

    Use a dish towel that has not been laundered with a fabric softener or dryer sheet (these substances can smear the lenses). A cotton towel that you use to clean fine glassware is a good choice. Make sure the towel is perfectly clean. Dirt or debris trapped in the fibers of a towel can scratch your lenses; and cooking oil, skin oil or lotion in the towel will smear them.

    8. Inspect the lenses again.

    If any streaks or smudges remain, remove them with a clean microfiber cloth — these lint-free cloths are available at most optical shops or photography stores.

    For touch-up cleaning of your glasses when you don’t have the above supplies available, try individually packaged, pre-moistened disposable lens cleaning wipes. These are formulated specifically for use on eyeglass lenses.

    Which brings us to a very important topic — what NOT to use to clean your glasses.


    DON’T use your shirttail or other cloth to clean your glasses, especially when the lenses are dry. This can scratch your lenses.

    DON’T use saliva to wet your lenses.

    DON’T use household glass or surface cleaners to clean your eyeglasses. These products have ingredients that can damage eyeglass lenses and coatings, such as anti-reflective coating.

    DON’T use paper towels, napkins, tissues or toilet paper to clean your lenses. These can scratch or smear your lenses or leave them full of lint.

    DON’T try to “buff away” a scratch in your lenses. This only makes the situation worse.

    If tap water isn’t available to rinse your lenses before cleaning them, use plenty of the spray eyeglass cleaner to flush away dust and other debris before wiping the lenses dry.

    Eyeglass cleaners and cleaning cloths

    Spray eyeglass lens cleaners are available where you purchase your glasses or at your local drug or discount store. These can be helpful if you are traveling or don’t have dishwashing soap and clean tap water available.

    If tap water isn’t available to rinse your lenses before cleaning them, use plenty of the spray eyeglass cleaner to flush away dust and other debris before wiping the lenses dry.

    If your lenses have anti-reflective (AR) coating, make sure the eyeglass cleaner you choose is approved for use on anti-reflective lenses.

    When using individually packaged, pre-moistened disposable lens cleaning wipes, first inspect the lenses for dust or debris. To avoid scratches, blow any debris off the lenses before wiping them.

    Microfiber cleaning cloths are an excellent choice for cleaning glasses. These cloths dry the lenses very effectively and trap oils to avoid smearing.

    But because they trap debris so effectively, make sure you clean the cloths frequently. Hand-wash the cloth using lotion-free dishwashing liquid and clean water; allow the cloth to air dry.

    How to remove scratches from glasses

    Unfortunately, there is no magic cure for scratched lenses. Once your glasses are scratched, they are scratched.

    Some products are designed to make the scratches look a little less visible — but these are essentially waxy substances that wear off easily, and results are mixed, depending on the location and depth of the scratches. Also, these products often will smear lenses that have AR coating.

    In addition to reflecting light and interfering with vision, scratches can affect the impact resistance of the lenses. For optimum vision and safety, the best thing to do if you notice significant scratches is to purchase new lenses.

    When purchasing eyeglass lenses, choose lenses that have a durable scratch-resistant coating. And ask your optician if your purchase includes an anti-scratch warranty — especially if scratched lenses have been an issue in the past.

    When to have your glasses cleaned professionally

    If your lenses are in good shape but the nose pads or other components of the frame have become impossible to keep clean, see your eye doctor or the person that sold the eyeglasses to you.

    Sometimes, eyeglasses can be cleaned more thoroughly with an ultrasonic cleaning device, and yellowing nose pads can be replaced with new ones. But don’t try these fixes at home — see a professional.

    Use a protective storage case

    Eyeglass lenses can easily get scratched if you fail to store them somewhere safe. This includes when you take them off at bedtime.

    Always store your eyeglasses in a clean storage case, and NEVER place them on a table or counter with the lenses facing down.

    If you don’t have a glasses case handy, place your glasses upside down with the temples open — somewhere safe, where they won’t get knocked off a table or countertop.

    Glasses don’t last forever

    All eyeglass lenses will get a few scratches over time from normal use and exposure to the environment — and from occasionally getting dropped or misplaced. Eyeglasses lenses are scratch resistant, not scratch-proof.

    When purchasing glasses, ask your eye doctor or eyewear salesperson about anti-scratch warranties for your lenses. This is especially important for children’s eyeglasses or if you wear glasses in dusty conditions.

    Following the above tips is the best way to keep your glasses clean and scratch-free for as long as possible.

    If your lenses are badly scratched and your eyeglass prescription has expired — or you simply want new glasses — schedule an eye exam.

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    Shiny Specs: How To Clean Eyeglasses For The Long Haul

    July 30, 2018

    No one needs to tell you to clean your eyeglasses, but maybe you need someone to tell you how to do it. Just like cleaning a phone screen or computer screen, there are good and bad ways to clean your specs.

    If you don’t follow the right steps or use the right methods, you could end up damaging those extra set of eyes you depend on.

    To save you from wasting money and going through the hassle of premature eyeglass replacement, we’ll dish out a few tips on how to clean eyeglasses for the long run.

    How to Clean Eyeglasses By Avoiding Bad Habits

    It doesn’t pay to be negative, but it’s worth getting some bad habits and practices for cleaning eyeglasses out of the way. If you own a pair of glasses or live with someone who does, you’ll no doubt recognize some of the practices we’re about to identify. If you’re getting your first pair, stay on the lookout for these habits.

    Using Your Clothes To Wipe the Lenses

    You’ve probably wiped a smudge off of your lens with the edge of your T-shirt or seen your mom or dad or grandparents do it. Discontinue this or don’t follow their example. The fibers on clothing can scratch the lenses and leave lint pieces on them which are hard to remove. The result? A lens that looks perpetually dirty.

    Using Harsh Chemical Compounds To Clean Eyeglasses

    In terms of disinfecting a surface, the school of thought typically goes “the harsher the chemical, the more germs get killed”. But that line of thinking fails to consider what strong chemicals do to some surfaces (like eyeglass lenses). In the case of your lens, highly acidic compounds will break down its anti-reflective coating. Cleaners such as Lysol, Windex, vinegar, and toothpaste (yep, people clean glasses with toothpaste) contain powerful acids that damage eyeglass lenses.

    Using Paper Towels To Clean Eyeglasses

    Sure, Bounty is the perfect quicker picker upper for a kitchen counter, but it’s bad news for your eyeglasses. Paper towels, like your favourite sweater or T-shirt, have abrasive surfaces that will scratch your lens and leave behind debris. This effect is worse if you apply pressure. So slow your roll and reach for a cleaning tool with a softer surface instead (which we’ll suggest in a bit).

    How To Clean Eyeglasses the Right Way

    Now that we got the wrong solutions out the way, let’s look at the worthwhile ones. More importantly, we’ll consider how to use some of these tools. It’s vital that you know how to clean your specs properly because the last time we checked, eyeglasses aren’t cheap to replace! Knowing how to keep them clean and secure is the best way to prolong their lifespan.

    Microfiber Cloths

    You’ve probably realized a theme here about cleaning tools that cause scratches, and that’s the case with many cloths. Microfiber cloths, however, are made with super smooth surfaces that trap dirt without leaving any debris or scratching the lens at all. For example, our antimicrobial treated microfiber cloths are 50-100 times thinner than human hair, strong enough to pick up plenty of dirt yet delicate enough to leave no scratches.

    Lens-Friendly Cleaning Solution

    Chemical cleaners are tricky to recommend because some are surprisingly beneficial while others are surprisingly detrimental. For example, good old dish soap and water can work as an effective cleaner, but the caveat is that the soap shouldn’t contain any ingredients that would harm the lens – finding one can be tricky.

    Your best bet is to use a cleaner that’s formulated and approved for the cleaning of glass lens. These solutions may have been added to your prescription or probably go on sale at optical eyewear stores. If not, you can look for a certified eyeglass cleaner. For example, our Screen Shine cleaner (in combination with Screen Shine wipes) can keep eyeglass lenses clean without dumping acids that ruin glass coatings.

    How to Clean Eyeglasses With These Simple Steps

    Once armed with your microfiber cloth and lens-friendly cleaner, you can use the following process to clean your eyeglasses.

  1. Wash your hands and dry them to prevent dirt and debris from getting on your lenses.
  2. Rinse your glasses under a stream of lukewarm tap water to remove debris on the lens that could scratch the lens.
  3. Spray a small amount of lens-friendly cleaning liquid to both lenses.
  4. Rub both lenses gently with a microfiber cloth and gradually move towards the frame.
  5. Polish your lenses with opposite side or dry side of your microfiber cloth.
  6. Examine the lens and frame again for any leftover smudges or streaks

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There are dozens if not hundreds of ways to clean eyeglasses but not all of them are made equal. Some of them may do more harm than good, perhaps damaging the lens and ironically, making sight through your lenses less clear.

The flipside of using the wrong tools to clean your glasses is that you might reduce their lifespan and have to replace them early. So save yourself the hassle and the money by cleaning your specs the right way. Your eyes and wallet will definitely benefit if you do.


Top 8 Tips to Care for Your Eyeglasses

You invest a lot of time in finding the right pair of eyeglasses. You look for the right frame shape, in a pattern or color that perfectly expresses you. You patiently wait for the lenses to be fitted and for that call telling you that your new eyeglasses are ready for pick up.

Don’t you want to do everything you can to make these glasses last as long as possible?

Tips To Maintain Eyeglasses

Here are some great tips on how to take proper care of your eyeglasses that will help make them last:


Always rinse your glasses off with water before wiping or cleaning them. Even tiny particles of dust or dirt can settle on your lens, and if you wipe those around on a dry lens, it can be abrasive.

Spray Carefully

If you’re going to use a chemical, use sprays or cleansers that are specifically made to clean eyeglass lenses. Never use household cleaners like Windex, because these chemicals contain ammonia, which will actually tear off the any coating that is on the lens.

Air Dry

If you can, allow your glasses to air dry. This is another great way to keep any materials from getting on to your lens. If you can’t set them down to air dry, wipe them down with a soft, clean, lint-free cloth.

Use the Right Cloth

NEVER use paper towels, tissue, or napkins to dry your lenses. All of these materials, regardless of how soft they are on your skin, have a textured surface and can easily scratch your lenses.

Also, refrain from using the tail of your shirt. If the clothing is not 100% cotton, the fibers in the fabric will scratch the lens of your eyeglasses over time. The clothing can also have dirt on it, which means the residue ends up transferred to your lenses.

Grip Firmly

Hold your frames by gripping the piece that crosses the bridge of the nose. This will keep you from accidently bending the frame while you clean. Bent glasses can negatively affect the way you see out of your glasses. Plus, if your frames are bent out of shape, they’re more likely to feel uncomfortable.

Store Properly

Store your glasses when you’re not wearing them. This isn’t just a great way to keep dust and dirt away from your eyeglasses, but it also protects your specs from getting scratched, bent or broken.

If you don’t want a big, bulky case, sleeker ones are available. Microfiber pouches are also great to keep at your office desk or on your night stand for glasses you don’t necessarily wear all the time, like reading glasses.

Place Carefully

Don’t lay your glasses lens down. This is just asking for scratched lenses.

Wash Often

Washing your glasses at least once a day will keep your lenses in their optimal state. The cleaner your glasses, the less your eyes have to strain to see through smudges, dirt and dust.

Follow these great tips, and we are sure you’ll never want to leave your super clean specs behind.

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If eyes are the window to your soul, then your eyewear is the drapery, as it aids your eyesight and adds personality to your overall appearance. With the wide selection of eyeglasses in the Philippines, you’re bound to find a pair that will reflect your personal style.

To make your eyewear last, you should take proper care of them – regardless if you own eyeglasses, sunglasses, or both. Follow these tips to learn how you can maintain your eyewear’s excellent condition.


How do I keep my glasses clean?

Since they’re worn for the most part of your day, your eyeglasses quickly accumulate dirt and dust. Clean your glasses on a regular basis to make sure that you can see your surroundings clearly.

Wipe your lenses with a clean, microfiber cloth, which usually comes with your eyeglasses when you purchase them. Don’t forget to wash your glasses as well to clean dirt and grime in the frame.

How do I wash my glasses?

Wash your glasses with soap and water. Use a gentle hand soap or detergent to remove any dust or dirt. Use your fingertips to wash them and make sure not to rub too hard on your lenses.

Once you’re done, rinse them with lukewarm water and pat them dry with a paper towel or tissue. Wipe your lenses using a microfiber cloth to make sure they are pristine and clear again.

How often should I clean my glasses?

Clean your glasses on a daily basis to make sure you can see clearly. Wipe them using a microfiber cloth everyday to clean off the dirt on your lenses. Always take extra care, though, when it comes to cleaning your lenses so as not to scratch them.

How do I keep my glasses in shape?

Eyeglasses can get bent or misaligned when we are not mindful of where and how we place them. Glasses are designed to sit on top of your nose, and putting them on your head might misalign the frame and loosen up the fit.

Use both hands in putting and taking them off. After all, clear eyeglasses are no use if they don’t fit properly on your face.

Where do I put my glasses when I’m not wearing them?

When not in use, store your glasses in the case they came along with when you first purchased them. Follow the rule that they should be either “on your face or in the case.”

If you don’t have your glasses case with you, place them on top of a flat surface with the lenses facing upwards to avoid scratches and dirt.

Can I use old rag or paper towel in cleaning my glasses?

Use microfiber cloth only when cleaning your glasses. You may think an old rag or paper towel can do the job just as much, but the texture of these items might leave tiny scratches on your lenses that can build over time.

These scratches can create constant refractions and cause you eye-strain headaches when you wear them.

Should I use hot or cold water in cleaning my glasses?

Lukewarm is the perfect temperature for cleaning your glasses, as warm water washes dirt and grime easily. Do this when you wash your glasses and they’ll be as good as new again.

Is there such a thing as scratch-proof glasses?

Scratch-proof glasses do not exist. No matter the type of coating and technology used on your glasses, their lenses remain to be vulnerable to scratches.

How do I remove scratches from my glasses?

Lenses scratches can be removed by using non-abrasive toothpaste. Use a cotton or a soft cloth and rub the toothpaste gently on the scratched lenses. Rinse and wipe dry afterward.

Baking soda mixed with water may also be used by doing the same procedure. It’s a very stubborn scratch, just repeat the process. You’d be able to see clearly again in no time with your scratch-free lenses.

How do I keep them fitted?

You can have your glasses readjusted at least once or twice a year at the optical shop where you bought it. They can fix loose screws and check their fit. They can make your glasses feel like new again as if you just bought them yesterday.

How do I prevent the nose pieces from bending?

Your glasses’ nose pieces tend to bend based on the way you adjust your glasses on your face. Instead of pushing up your glasses by the nose bridge, push them up by placing your thumb at the bottom of the frame with your forefinger at the top.


Sunglasses are timeless fashion pieces. They never go out of style, and with the wide variety that we have today, you’re guaranteed to find a pair or two that will reflect your personality.

Since they also serve as a great fashion investment, you want your sunglasses to last as long as they can.

Read on to find out the do’s and don’ts of taking care of your sunglasses.

How do I protect my lenses?

To protect your lenses, make sure that your sunglasses are stored away properly in a safe case. Keep them inside a protective case when not in use. You may choose between two kinds: hard cases and soft cases.

Hard cases have the ability to protect your glasses from anything – may it be dirt, water, falls, or damage from being squeezed on. Soft cases, on the other hand, offer limited protection to your sunglasses but are more practical to carry since they take up less space.

What are the things I should avoid?

Avoid cleaning your glasses with materials other than a non-abrasive microfiber cloth. You may think your shirt or handkerchief can already do the job, but they also contain synthetic fiber that can leave tiny scratches on your lenses. Even the soft materials like cotton might cause some damage to your lenses.

Usually, your sunglasses comes with a microfiber cloth and a protective case. When a microfiber cloth is not available at your disposal, though, use soap and water instead to clean your glasses. Wash your glasses with a gentle hand soap or detergent, rinse, and let it air-dry.

Don’t expose your sunglasses to excessive heat as well. Most sunglasses are made of plastic, metal, or a combination of both, and prolonged heat exposure can cause potential damage to your frames.

What do I do if my sunglasses feel loose?

Examine the frame of your glasses, as some screws might be loose. If this is the case, tighten it with a small screwdriver or bring it to the optical shop so they can fix it for you. Most optical shops do this for free.

When it comes to taking care of your eyewear, the key is to be gentle and to keep them clean. Never use anything other than a microfiber cloth when it comes to cleaning them and always make sure they’re stored properly to prevent scratches and loose screws.

With the right practices, you can prolong the life of your glasses.

Updated on August 2, 2019. Reviewed by Chris Day (Optician) and Dr. Justin Asgarpour (Optometrist).

Tired of cleaning your eyeglasses three times per day? Your relationship with your glasses is just like any other: you have to give it some love and care for it to last.

Cleaning your eyeglasses is a daily ritual. While we tend to use whatever is handy to clean them, some habits may not be as useful as we think. To help you see clearly all day long, here’s a 5 step guide on how to clean your glasses.

1. Wash your hands

Remember what your parents would tell you right before dinner? Make them proud and start your cleaning ritual by washing your hands! Make sure to use cool or warm water with a little bit of Dawn dishwashing liquid or mild soap.

Ensure that the tap water is lukewarm, hot water could damage the coating or warp the lenses. If you wouldn’t bathe a newborn in it, it’s too hot!

2. Rinse your glasses

While you’re rinsing your hands, grab your glasses and give them a little rinse under a gentle stream of water. Dab a tiny amount of Dawn dish detergent on both the front and back side of each lens. Rub both sides of your lenses for a minute and give the frame a little cleaning too; don’t forget the nose pad!

The inside (nasal) edge of the eyeglass lenses, where they meet the bridge of the frame, is a prime spot for collecting sweat and oil. Make sure to give this area some extra love. Also note that:

  • Metal frames with nose pads need extra attention on the arms of the nose pads as well as the pads themselves.
  • For plastic frames without nose pads, make sure to clean the portion of the bridge in contact with your nose to remove built-up oil and sweat.

After that, rinse the glasses off thoroughly under the faucet.

3. Dry your glasses with a clean cloth

Remove the majority of the water from the lenses and frame by patting dry. Use a clean, fresh out of the dryer cotton towel that has not come into contact with fabric softener or dryer sheets. You want to ensure that there’s no debris that could scratch your lenses.

You may notice small amounts of water working their way out of the hinges or the groove between the frame and lens. This is nothing to be concerned about and can be dabbed off with your lens cloth. The lenses may even “squeak” in the frames for a few hours until any remaining traces of water evaporate.

4. Clean your lenses

After patting dry, finish the lenses with the microfiber cloth and a little bit of moisture with either a commercially available lens cleaner labelled “safe for coated lenses” or simply breathe softly into each lens. Make sure the lenses aren’t dry when you’re cleaning them to prevent dirt or debris from being dragged across the surface.

5. Keep healthy habits

In order to keep your glasses cleaned, follow some of our experts’ advice:

  • Store your glasses in their case when you’re not wearing them. Most of the dirt on your glasses comes from wearing them on your head!
  • Make sure to always clean your glasses when they are wet, cleaning a dry lens just increases the chances of the cloth simply dragging debris and smearing oil across the lens instead of picking it up.
  • Do not use anything containing alcohol. Not only can it damage the lenses themselves, but could also risk weakening some types of frames.
  • If you use bottled eyeglass cleaner, make sure that it’s labelled “safe for coated lenses”; some cheap brands may not be as appropriate for maintaining your glasses.
  • Wash your lens cloth once a week, it will remove the dirt and deposits that have built upon it.
  • If you’ve been out during a hot day, make sure to rinse your glasses with cool water afterwards. Sunscreen, salt water, and other chemicals that dry on the lens can damage the coating over time.
  • When nose pads go yellow, it’s time to replace them. Most nose pads are universal and can be obtained at any optical centre.
  • Using an ultrasonic cleaning device can be an option for an in-depth cleansing of your glasses. You can find them in several optical stores.

See the world Clearly!

Knowing how to clean your glasses correctly can help them last longer and ensure that they perform the function they’re there for – keeping your vision crystal clear.

Clearly’s experts are dedicated to offering you the best eye health advice! Stay tuned for our future articles to be released with our latest news and tips.

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