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Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Frames and Lenses

wiping glasses lens with microfibre cloth

Properly cleaning and caring for your eyeglasses is essential to maintaining clear vision and prolonging the lifespan of your eyewear. Follow these simple steps to clean your glasses frames and lenses at home.

Tips to Clean Your Lenses

Follow these steps to keep your lenses crystal clear and enhance your vision:

  • Handle with care. Before cleaning your lenses, wash your hands with mild soap and water to remove any dirt or oils that could transfer to the lenses. This step helps prevent smudging and streaking.

  • Use the right cleaning solution. Apply a small amount of lens cleaning solution or a drop of mild liquid dish soap to each lens. Avoid using harsh chemicals, ammonia-based cleaners and products containing alcohol, as these substances can damage the lens coating.

  • Gently clean the lenses. Gently rub the lenses in a circular motion using your fingertips, paying attention to both sides. Make sure to clean the entire surface, including the edges and corners.

  • Rinse and dry. Rinse the lenses under lukewarm water to remove any residue; hot water will damage your lens coatings. Gently shake off excess water and carefully dry them with a clean microfibre cloth. Avoid using tissues, paper towels or your shirt.

  • Avoid excessive heat. Protect your lenses from heat damage. Don’t expose your lenses to high temperatures such as hot tubs, a hot vehicle, or the blast of heat when opening an oven door.

Tips to Clean Your Frames

Keeping your frames clean is just as crucial as maintaining clean lenses. Here are a few tips:

  • Gather the necessary tools. To clean your glasses frames effectively, you’ll need a soft, lint-free microfibre cloth, mild liquid dish soap or gentle dishwashing liquid and lukewarm water.

  • Remove loose debris. Rinse your glasses under running water to remove any loose dirt or debris. This step will prevent scratching the frame during the cleaning process.

  • Clean difficult areas. Pay special attention to the hinges, nose pads and arms. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or an unused makeup brush to gently scrub these areas.

  • Rinse and dry. Rinse your frames thoroughly with lukewarm water to remove soap residue. Pat them dry using a clean, lint-free cloth. Avoid using paper towels or tissues as they can leave behind lint or scratch the frames.

While it’s important to keep your eyeglasses clean at home, professional care is also necessary. Visit your local optician or optical store for professional cleaning, adjustments, repairs and expert advice on eyewear maintenance.

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