Gather your cleaning supplies
Before you begin cleaning your sunglasses, make sure you have the right tools. You’ll need a microfiber cleaning cloth or a soft, lint-free cloth, a cleaning solution (such as lens cleaner or soapy water), and a protective case to store your sunglasses after cleaning. You can read the detailed post on cleaning sunglasses.
Rinse your sunglasses
To remove loose debris, dust, or sand from your sunglasses, rinse them under running water or use a spray bottle to apply water to the lenses and frame. Avoid using hot water as it can damage the lenses’ coatings and frames.
Apply the cleaning solution
Depending on the type of cleaning solution you have, either spray it directly onto the lenses and frame or apply a few drops onto the cloth. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, such as vinegar, alcohol, ammonia, or paper towels, as they can damage the lenses and coatings. If you’re not sure which solution to use, ask your optometrist or check the manufacturer’s instructions.
Use the microfiber or soft cloth to gently wipe the lenses and frame, starting from the top and working your way down. Avoid using excessive pressure or rubbing in circular motions, as this can cause scratches or streaks. Instead, use a back-and-forth motion to remove any smudges or fingerprints. If there are stubborn spots, you can use your fingers to apply gentle pressure while wiping.
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Dry and polish
After you’ve wiped your sunglasses with the cleaning solution, use a dry part of the cloth to remove any excess moisture and polish the lenses and frame. This will help prevent water spots, streaks, or smudges from forming. Make sure you dry the hinges and nose pads as well, as they can also accumulate sweat and dirt.
Store your sunglasses
Once you’ve cleaned and dried your sunglasses, store them in a protective case or pouch to prevent them from getting scratched, bent, or lost. Avoid leaving them in direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, or humid environments, as this can damage the lenses and frames.
In conclusion, cleaning your sunglasses is a simple but important task that can help maintain their performance and appearance. By following these steps, you can keep your sunglasses clean, clear, and comfortable, so you can enjoy your outdoor adventures without any distractions or discomfort.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How often should I clean my sunglasses?
It’s recommended to clean your sunglasses at least once a week or more frequently if you use them regularly or in dusty or humid environments.
Can I use regular soap or detergent to clean my sunglasses?
No, it’s not recommended to use regular soap or detergent as they can contain harsh chemicals or additives that can damage the lenses or coatings. Use a cleaning solution specifically designed for eyewear or ask your optometrist for advice.
Can I clean my sunglasses with paper towels or tissues?
No, avoid using paper towels or tissues as they can scratch or leave fibers on the lenses. Use a microfiber cleaning cloth or a soft, lint-free cloth to clean your sunglasses.
How do I remove scratches from my sunglasses?
While it’s difficult to remove scratches from lenses, you can try using a special lens polishing kit or take them to a professional optician for repair or replacement.
Can I clean my sunglasses in the dishwasher or washing machine?
No, avoid putting your sunglasses in the dishwasher or washing machine as the heat, pressure, or detergent can damage the lenses or frames. Always clean them manually with a soft cloth and cleaning solution.
Can I clean my sunglasses with vinegar or alcohol?
No, avoid using vinegar or alcohol as they can damage the coatings or lenses. Stick to a gentle cleaning solution specifically designed for eyewear or ask your optometrist for advice.
Can I use my shirt or clothing to clean my sunglasses?
No, avoid using your shirt or clothing to clean your sunglasses as they can contain dust, debris, or abrasive materials that can scratch the lenses or frames. Use a microfiber or soft cloth specifically designed for eyewear.