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How to Clean Glasses – In 8 Steps

At Adel Eyecare, we always give you the best quality of lens toughness and coatings we can. Every day, people collect their new glasses from me and every day I give them this advice… I also have people coming in complaining of scratched lenses, loose screws, the usual problems. Just like our clinical philosophy, prevention is better than cure so take this advice and let the glasses we’ve given you last you as long as they should!

This information applies to all sorts of glasses, optical, sunglasses, sport eyewear, safety glasses, everything we sell at Adel Eyecare. This includes all sorts of anti-reflective multicoats, hard coats etc.


1. Wash and dry your hands thoroughly. Before cleaning your eyeglasses, make sure your hands are free from dirt, grime, lotion and anything else that could be transferred to your lenses. Use lotion-free soap or dishwashing liquid and a clean, lint-free towel to clean your hands.

2. Rinse your glasses under a gentle stream of lukewarm tap water. This will remove dust and other debris, which can help avoid scratching your lenses when you are cleaning them. Avoid hot water, which can damage some eyeglass lens coatings.

3. Apply a small drop of lotion-free dishwashing liquid to each lens. Most dishwashing liquids are lotion-free but also very concentrated, so use only a tiny amount. Or apply a drop or two to your fingertip instead.

4. Gently rub both sides of the lenses and all parts of the frame for a few seconds. Make sure you clean every part, including the nose pads and the ends of the temples that rest behind your ears (we’ve seen some shockers folks). Be sure to clean the area where the edge of the lenses meet the frame, where dust, debris and skin oils can accumulate.

5. Rinse both sides of the lenses and the frame thoroughly. Failing to remove all traces of soap will cause the lenses to be smeared when you dry them.

6. Gently shake the glasses to eliminate most of the water from the lenses. Inspect the lenses carefully to make sure they are clean. This is also a good opportunity to make sure the screws don’t feel like their coming loose, drop them in for us to tighten. You know we never charge for adjustments and to tighten screws so drop in!

7. Carefully dry the lenses and frame with our microfiber cloth – Our microfiber cloths of 350 gsm of the best microfiber you can get your hands on! Just make sure your cloth is also clean. You can hand wash your cloth when needed, usually at least once a month (change our cloths in store daily). Dirt or debris trapped in the fibers of a towel can scratch your lenses; and cooking oil, skin oil or lotion in the towel will smear them. This often happens because people can’t see what they’re doing with their glasses off!

8. Inspect the lenses again. If any streaks or smudges remain, repeat parts of the above process. Any questions call us or drop in!

We see the people who come in with scratches after a few months and we also see our patients who wear the same pair for over 8 years! They’ll last as well as you look after them! As I always say, if there’s no kitchen sink handy, the spray we give you with your new glasses is the next best thing!

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