We’ve all done it. You’re running twenty minutes late for your morning meeting, scrambling to put together school lunches for the kids, and between grabbing your coffee and throwing on a pair of presentable shoes (preferably ones that the dog hasn’t gotten to yet), you resolve to clean your glasses with the hem of your shirt.
We like to call this move the old “shirt shine.” As convenient as it is (and resourceful, we might add) to utilize your top as a portable cleaning cloth, it’s not necessarily on our list of “best cleaning methods” for your glasses. And while some days you’d be more inclined to believe the opposite, your kiddos are your students, following your lead to navigate the big wonderful world around them. So when their Jonas Paul Eyewear glasses need a little TLC, we hope the following list of do’s and don’ts help both you and your mini me see through the smudges and smears to a better, clearer way of eye care cleaning.
Do wash your glasses every morning, paying special attention to the frames as well as the lenses. Glasses are your most frequently worn accessory, so it’s only natural that they collect some of the oil and makeup from your beautiful face. A quick scrub in the morning will help dissolve any residue that may have collected on the frames and lenses, giving you and your face a fresh start every. Single. Day.
Do use warm water with a mild soap — nothing fancy, the dish soap from your kitchen sink will do just fine. Scrub the lenses and frames between two fingertips in a circular motion to gently buff out smudges and smears for a clearer view that’ll last all day long.
Do rinse under clear tap water, gently shaking off any excess drops. Make extra sure your glasses are clear of suds and soap before drying. While the soap is crucial to the cleaning process, it can leave behind residue if not fully rinsed.
Do dry using a clean, lint-free cotton cloth in a straight motion. We’re willing to bet you have more than a few microfiber cleaning cloths on hand — no need to toss them out just yet. Small, microfiber cloths are good for dry cleaning on-the-go, but something more absorbent, like a soft hand towel, is best for soaking up liquid when you wash with soap and water.
Don’t use your shirt. This one’s a toughie. Using breath to fog up lenses and a shirt to wipe them clean is the most quick, common, and convenient way to give smears and smudges the boot. Even your cleanest shirt (although very stylish, we presume) contains dust, crumbs, even tiny dirt particles that can scratch the lens surface, causing things to be more blurry than before.
Don’t use a tissue to wipe lenses clean. Despite feeling soft to the touch, facial tissues are made of small, rough fibers that can cause small scratches. Not to mention, tissues also leave behind debris, obstructing your view and leaving things less crisp and clean. Best to save tissues for their real job — wiping away runny noses and milk mustaches.
Don’t use ammonia, bleach, vinegar, or window cleaner to remove dirt and grime. Although totally appropiate for cleaning up after the kids, these liquids contain chemicals that can break down your lens’ protective coating, making them easier to scratch and damage in the future.
Glasses are the one accessory you’ll wear on the daily, from the moment you wake up to the moment you finally hit the hay. It’s no surprise that even under the best care, smudges and smears can leave lenses and frames a little lackluster. Thankfully, cleaning your glasses is easy to do, and easy to teach to your little ones. Giving dirt and grime the old heave-ho can bring glasses new life, clearing out obstructions and allowing you to see the world around you as it is — infinitely beautiful, occasionally chaotic, and always full of wonder.