by Jamie Bartlett March 19, 2020 3 min read

Most of us can be guilty of the "shirt rub" when your lenses gets 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 you paid for? They get destroyed if you wipe them with your clothing.

So to keep things simple and scratch free, you've got two routines to clean your glasses properly.


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 bespoke lens cloth. In this particular order, use your cloth to wipe all the surfaces of your frame.


Temples / Lenses / 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 cleaning cloth in with your laundry wash. This way you aren't using a dirty cloth to clean your glasses. Who knew?



How to clean your glasses in 5 minutes


The Five Minute Glasses Cleaning Method


As often as you have a bath, you should give your glasses a proper clean using your bathroom sink.

Using lukewarm water, add a few drops of regular washing up liquid and dunk your frame straight in there. Make sure the water isn't too hot as it can damage any lens coatings and even warp your glasses if they're made from acetate.

Compulsive cleaner? You can get into your hinge areas using a toothbrush for extra cleaning points. 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



Jamie Bartlett
Jamie Bartlett

Co-founder of Banton Frameworks.

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