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Best Ways To Clean Sunglasses - Guide

You've probably seen a tutorial about how to clean your lenses or sunglasses. It was likely that it started with the statement "Your sunglasses get dirty from daily wear." For a moment, though, let's not forget. 


What is this "dirt"?

Dust and dirt are the only things that remain on the trail. Grime on the road. Accumulated soil and sea air. It is a natural side effect of outdoor adventures. It's the way your sunglasses should be getting muddy. We've now acknowledged that you have a problem. Let's get involved. Don't be a foe, but a friend.

You may need a small amount of lens cleaner and a cloth to clean everyday smudges. Make sure that you have the correct lens cleaner for your lens type. Some cleaners contain alcohol which can cause lenses to lose their mirror-coating. Before you use them, be sure to understand what you are dealing with.


The Steps

To get rid of stubborn spots and remove all grease and grime from your stems, nose pads and nose pads, follow these steps:

  1. Take your glasses off if you feel comfortable. This is likely to be easier than you realize.
  2. Warm water is sufficient to rinse your sunglasses.
  3. You can wash your frames with mild dishwashing soap, working it in your fingers. To remove any stubborn grime, you can use a microfiber towel. Concentrate on the areas most exposed to your skin, such as the nose bridge or the ends of your stems. For cracks and crannies -- especially in the area where the lens is located, a soft bristled toothbrush works well.
  4. Wash off soap, dirt, or dust. It should now be able to swish smoothly down the drain.
  5. Use a microfiber cloth to dry your sunglasses. You don't want to use a regular towel, or your lenses may be covered in towel fuzz.
  6. You may be able to remove any rubber parts from your frames that have been subject to a lot of abuse. Rubber can act as a sponge and absorb sweat and oils. It will eventually become tacky. You may be able replace them with a brand new pair if they are too damaged to save. If they are not removable, you can run them through the next cycle of your dishwasher. To remove any residue, rub some hand soap into the rubber parts.


These are the Things You Must Never Do

Since we are on the topic of caring for sunglasses, you might consider avoiding the following:

  • Put your sunglasses on. Or, lick them. Avoid all forms of saliva. This is gross. It isn't very hygienic and it doesn't really work well.
  • You can use ammonia or bleach on your sunglasses. It's not necessary to get your sunglasses so dirty. Your sunglasses won't benefit from ammonia if you don't put your body in a tub. These chemicals can strip the lens' coating.
  • Your t-shirt or sweatshirt, button-up top, pajama bottoms or pajama pants can be used to rub your eyes. Your clothing should not be used for anything other than covering your body and making it more socially acceptable. Most people don't keep a lens cloth on their person at all times. However, you will likely do so anyway. Keep in mind that tiny dust and dirt particles in your shirt can cause micro-scratches on your lenses. We didn't warn, but we will.
  • Use fabric softener to wash your microfiber cloth. While oil buildup is important to be removed from your lens cloth, it is not a good idea to add fabric softener. The fabric softener can cause damage to the fibers and leave residue on the lenses.
  • Use a tissue, paper towel or other paper product to wipe, dry, and rub your eyes. Paper is made from trees. Have you ever seen a soft tree before? Although it may feel soft, the tissue contains small pieces of rough pulp that can scratch your eyes.


Do yourself a favor by making this a routine. Your sunglasses will last longer if you take a few minutes to clean them every other week. This will allow you to see clearly, which is always a bonus.