How to clean your glasses

Are you guilty of the "shirt rub" when your lenses get a bit cloudy?

A quick wipe with your shirt can be a great fix, but over time these shortcuts can lead to long term lens damage. 

Those fancy lens coatings can become damaged if you keep wiping them on your clothes.

So to keep your lenses scratch free, check out these two cleaning routines.


Jump to:   30 second method   |   5 minute method   |   Things to avoid



How to clean your glasses in 30 seconds

Correct Sequence to Clean your glasses.

With each of our handmade frames, we provide you with a microfibre lens cloth. 

In this particular order, use it to clean your;


  1. Temples
  2. Lenses 
  3. Nosebridge


Why in this order I hear you ask?

Natural oils from your skin tends to build up on your nose pads which can be transferred to your lenses via your lens cloth. It's a good idea to clean your nose bridges last.

Once in a while, throw your loth in with your laundry.

This way you aren't using a dirty cloth to clean your glasses. 



How to clean your glasses in 5 minutes


The Five Minute Glasses Cleaning Method


Once a week, you should give your glasses a proper clean in your bathroom sink.

Using lukewarm water, add a few drops of regular washing-up-liquid and dunk your frame straight in there. 

If your frame's made from acetate make sure the water isn't too hot as it can damage any lens coatings and even warp your glasses.

Gently rub your lenses with your thumbs to remove any greasy marks.

Leave to drip dry and wipe clear with your microfibre cloth.


Extra bonus points

You can get into your frame's hinges using a toothbrush.

But please, avoid scrubbing your lenses if you are going to take it this far.

You heard it here.


✓ Always

  • Clean your glasses once a week
  • Use a microfibre lens cleaning cloth
  • Consider using alcohol spray

✘ Never

  • Use your clothing to clean your lenses
  • Use very hot water in the 05:00 method
  • Clean your frame using abrasives



Keep your glasses safe 

Grey spectacles resting on green and grey spectacle holder


Why not take things up a notch?

Our glasses stands are made from recycled packaging waste and boy are they handy. They keep your glasses right where you left them, away from coffee spills and any of that nasty grit which scratches your lenses.

What's cool is, it's a two-part flat-pack design which you can assemble yourself. Perfect as a little DIY project without the need for any tools.



Black spectacle case and lens cloth


Haven't got a protective case for your glasses?

Stop what you're doing and think of this. Your glasses are a medical device which help you see. Okay, they also make look intelligent and all that, but seriously, you need to take care them.

Our fold-flat protective cases can be folded away so they can easily stow-away inside your bag, rucksack or anywhere you fancy putting it. Lined with a microfibre interior, they'll keep your lenses and frame in perfect condition.




Other things to avoid


Things to avoid when cleaning your glasses.


Whether you are a full timer or a part timer, your glasses can easily become dirty when exposed to certain environments.

At the end of the day, it's a good idea to put your frame back into it's protective hard case. But if you truly love your glasses frame, you can always use a spectacles holder as a way to keep the dust and scratches at bay.

For those who use hairspray, avoid wearing your glasses when you are applying this in morning when you are getting ready. Hairspray residue allows dust and fibres to stick to your lenses and can make your acetate sticky and dull.

Avoid taking your frame into the bathroom where steam and smudges happen. A rookie way to dirty your frame is keeping it by the sink when your'e splashing around or brushing your teeth.

Hopefully you found this article useful. Thanks for stopping by.


Black spectacle holder holding round amber glasses



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