How to Clean Your Reading Glasses

Your reading glasses take a lot of abuse even if you treat them gently and with great care. That’s because you’re probably putting them on and taking them off all day long, multiple times each day. That’s just the nature of how people wear reader glasses.

While taking your readers off regularly shouldn’t damage the frames, you can easily wind up with some unsightly smudges on your lenses. Your readers also accumulate dust just from sitting around.

If you don’t know how to best clean your readers you’re not alone. Even people who have been wearing them for years often don’t know the best method, attacking them with wet paper towels, tissues and even the tails of their shirt. You can do better!

Use this guide to help you learn the right way to clean your readers. You’ll see better and you won’t have to worry about scratching your lenses anymore.

Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

Microfiber cleaning cloths that are scratch-free and lint-free are your first line of defense when it comes to cleaning your readers. In fact, one of these should work for most of the day-to-day cleaning you do to simply provide a clearer image and get rid of small dust particles and other debris.

To use a dry microfiber cleaning cloth, simply wipe your lenses gently. Avoid applying heavy pressure or making a rubbing motion. While these cloths won’t scratch your readers when used with care, repeated rubbing can wear down the coating on your glasses and make them more likely to get scratched or damaged through normal wear and tear.

These cloths are often sold as specialty lens cloths as well, and they routinely come in sizes small enough to fit into a carrying case for your readers.

Lens Cleaner

Specialized lens cleaners are widely available from eyeglass and optical shops, as well as many drug stores and grocery outlets. Individual lens cleaners generally have their own instructions, but a single spray directly onto each lens is often recommended.

Once lens cleaner has been applied, you can wipe your lenses down with an appropriate scratch-free and lint-free cloth. You may need to repeat the process if your readers are particularly dirty or you haven’t worn them for a long period of time.

Dish Soap Method

Dish soap is readily available and is often recommended by manufacturers as a way to clean your lenses. To use this method, add a single drop of dish soap to your lenses under warm running water from the sink.

Gently wipe your glasses down with your fingers before thoroughly rinsing the dish soap off under warm water. Once clean, pat your lenses dry with a scratch-resistant, lint-free cloth.

Take care to pick a gentle dish soap that doesn’t contain potentially problematic ingredients listed below.

What to Avoid

Cleaning your reading glasses really isn’t difficult, but there are times when you might not have everything you need to do it right. That can lead to people coming up with some pretty inventive ways to clean their glasses. Those inventive cleaning methods can result in scratched lenses that need to be replaced down the road.

Rubbing your glasses on your shirt, with tissues, paper towels or even bath towels is a big no-no. A scratch-free, lint-free microfiber cloth is the only item that should come into contact with your glasses, so keep a small one in your case at all times.

You also need to avoid window cleaner and products that contain ammonia, bleach and vinegar. These products can strip any layer of protective coating your glasses have and make your lenses appear foggy.

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