What's the right way to clean and care for your glasses?
Tips for keeping them sparkling
Crystal-clear lenses – eyeglass wearers love that great feeling when they put on their glasses after cleaning and enjoy unhindered vision again. Wouldn't it be wonderful if our glasses were always clean, with smears, streaks and fingerprints a thing of the past? Proper lens care doesn’t only ensure better vision. It also lengthens the life of your glasses. Improper cleaning can damage modern lenses, even if they have an anti-scratch hard coating. ZEISS BETTER VISION provides a few tips on how to clean your glasses: quickly, thoroughly and yet gently at home and on the go.
The most important cleaning tip for optimum vision
Tissues or shirt sleeves should not be used to clean your glasses, even if you’re desperate. Clothing and tissues often have particles of dust or dirt, which when rubbed on the lenses, causes micro-scratches. As these accumulate, they gradually impair the quality of the lenses, and your vision suffers as a result. Scratches cannot be removed either from plastic or glass lenses. Even if the defect only appears to be of a cosmetic nature, light is dispersed by the micro-fine scratches, irritating the eye. Then you have to buy new glasses.
Cleaning your glasses properly – what to do
Use this method for both for thorough cleaning of your glasses at home, and fast, effective cleaning when you are out and about: rub a microfiber cloth or a folded lens cleaning wipe gently over the lens surface to remove coarse dirt particles.
1. For cleaning fast – and on the go
If you have to clean your eyeglass lenses quickly, ZEISS lens wipes are the perfect solution. They are small, handy and always immediately ready for use.
A simple microfiber cloth can also clean well, but dry cloths are not always ideal, especially when trying to remove greasy substances. Try moistening the cloth with a cleaning spray and then cleaning the lens.
Why do eye care professionals sometimes advise against using lens wipes?
When they first came on the market, lens wipes often contained materials that could damage the lenses (like tiny pieces of wood). This problem has since been resolved. ZEISS moistened lens cleaning wipes are made of micro-fine cellulose fibers, are gentle on your lenses, provide streak-free results and, most importantly, contain only cleaning agents gentle enough for your lenses.
2. Thorough cleaning at home
Many eyeglass wearers hold their lenses under running water to clean them. This may take more effort than using lens cleaning products, but it definitely has the desired effect. To do this, rub a drop of gentle, pH-neutral hand soap between your fingers until suds are formed and then apply this to the lenses. Then rinse the lenses under running, lukewarm water and dry them gently but thoroughly with a microfiber cloth.
Apart from ZEISS moistened cleaning wipes, the ZEISS lens cleaning spray in combination with a microfiber cloth is an excellent solution for cleaning your glasses at home. This is just as effective as a thorough cleaning under running water – but it's a lot faster. Apply the spray to the microfiber cloth, not to the lenses themselves. Some lenses in rimless frames feature drill holes, and some lenses in standard frames have screw holes. If liquids constantly enter these holes, this can have an adverse effect in the long term. Thus, it is better to apply the cleaning agent to the cleaning cloth. This ensures that your glasses are not damaged, but there is enough moisture to remove dirt, makeup or grease effectively.
Note: The microfiber cloth should also be washed regularly – ideally in water no warmer than 100° F and without fabric softener. Water that’s too hot will shrink and roughen the cloth’s weave, and fabric softener stays on the cloth, leaving streaks the next time you clean your glasses.
3. Cleaning your frames – what do the experts recommend?
Improper care may also result in damage to your frames. Follow these tips to ensure that your frames remain as attractive as the day you bought them:
- Use lukewarm running water and a drop of pH-neutral hand soap to clean your frames. Always hold your glasses securely on the side of the frame that you are cleaning. This helps avoid warping or, even worse, breakage of the frames.
- Clean the temples (arms) of the frames and the nosepads from time to time. These areas can accumulate dirt and oils from your skin and hair. Keeping these clean can also improve the fit of your glasses, as the removal of greasy substances helps prevent slipping.
4. Give your glasses an occasional treat: the special care offered by an ultrasonic cleaner
The use of ultrasonic cleaners is your best guarantee of thorough, convenient cleaning of your frames. But note: this cleaning method is appropriate for frames only, and should be done by your eye care professional, as they must remove your lenses from your glasses first. Please don’t use the ultrasonic cleaner you use to clean your jewelry on your glasses, but have your eye care professional handle this job.
Your eye care professional will be pleased to clean your lenses in their ultrasonic cleaner - ideally every six months. This is part of eye care professional's standard equipment these days.
The right way to store your glasses
Your glasses deserve a good home! Store them in a hard case whenever you're not wearing them. If you don't have a case with you, make sure you put them in a safe spot, with the lenses facing upwards. It is also important to ensure that your glasses are not exposed to extreme heat. High temperatures can damage even the toughest lenses or frames. Plastic lenses, in particular, should not be subjected to heat. This could have an adverse effect on the durability of lens coatings. Extreme temperature fluctuations could lead to surface cracks due to the different structures of the base lens and the coating. Therefore, neither your case nor your glasses should be left for long periods of time in a sauna or on your car dashboard.
How to keep your glasses cleaner and scratch-free longer
Modern lenses are treated to make them harder to get dirty and easier to clean. Special lens coatings with a hard protective layer and a beading effect (like DuraVision® Platinum from ZEISS) make your lenses extremely resistant to scratching and help guarantee that dirt, dust and moisture can only adhere to the surface with great difficulty. The benefit: your lenses remain dirt-free longer, ensuring that they're significantly easier to clean. This means you need less time to care for your lenses - and they will have a longer service life.
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