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How to clean eyeglasses properly

The market for eyeglass cleaners is full of tissues, solutions and even digital ultra sonic cleaning machines but the truth is that you don't need any of those things. Find out how to clean eyeglasses properly with our easy to follow guide and save a little money in the process.

How to clean glasses

Ignore the specialist solutions and the optical wipes on the market. If you want to know how to clean eyeglasses properly, all you need is washing up liquid and a little knowhow. The simplest and best way of cleaning your glasses is to apply a very small drop of washing up detergent onto the lenses of your glasses. With the tip of your finger create lather across the lenses. Once the whole surface is covered, rinse off with warm but not boiling hot water (it's best to use a mixer tap to get the right temp) and then dry the surfaces with a clean, soft cotton cloth.

Plastic lenses

Unlike glass lenses, plastic lenses can easily scratch. That presents a problem when you clean them. You can't buff the scratch out on plastic. If you try to do so, you'll only cause more damage to the lenses. With these lenses you also have to careful not to damage them by cleaning them when they're dry. Rather than breathing on the lenses then grabbing a tissue to clean your glasses during the day, invest in a microfiber cloth. Using one of these really is the only way of preserving the lenses and get it clean.

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Final word

Although you now know how to clean eyeglasses properly, you should also be aware of solutions that can damage them. Stuff like ammonia, bleach, vinegar and window cleaner will break down or strip away the protective coating found on the glasses. Make sure that none of these solutions come anywhere near your eyeglasses.

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