How to clean reading glasses and sunglasses

How to clean reading glasses and sunglasses

Cleaning eyeglasses and sunglasses may appear to be a simple operation with no special instructions to follow, but there are right and wrong ways to do it. The risk of an incorrect procedure is that of irreversibly ruining your glasses.

Often there is the temptation to clean glasses using handkerchiefs, shirt sleeves or T-shirts as immediate substitutes for microfiber cloths. However, these remedies are not the best solution because they can leave particles of dust or dirt on the lenses and, in the worst cases, cause micro-scratches.

Here are some practical tips to ensure a long life for your glasses!

Do not use handkerchiefs or T-shirts: use the microfiber cloth

For clean and scratch-free lenses, the microfiber cloth (usually supplied when purchasing glasses) is certainly the best solution as it cleans without ruining the surfaces. It must be stored inside the glasses box so as not to not constantly meet the surrounding environment.

The microfiber cloths are also available in special anti-fog variants, very useful for eliminating the halos that are created on the lenses during the winter or when wearing a mask.

For continuous use it is possible to wash the cloth several times in the washing machine at a maximum temperature of 40 ° and without softener, since the washing opens the spaces between the fibers again allowing the cloth to carry out a deeper cleaning.

Use running water or a special spray

Many eyeglass wearers clean their lenses under running water. Surely this procedure requires more time than using the microfiber cloth alone, but it still achieves the desired effect.

We recommend that you wash your glasses with running or lukewarm water and never at a temperature that is too high or low otherwise you could damage, if present, the anti-reflective and anti-soiling treatment.

Just run a little water over your glasses, apply a small amount of neutral soap with your fingers or use lens cleaning spray (even on the frame) and then rinse thoroughly. While your glasses are under running water, remember to also clean the space between the nose pads and the lenses because, in this area, there are substances that can damage them if left for some time.

Once the washing is finished, you will need to dry the glasses with a special soft cloth, an excellent choice for cleaning glasses because it dries the lenses and frames effectively.

Absolutely avoid kitchen paper and damp toilet paper as on the contrary they can irreversibly ruin your glasses as the cellulose contained in the paper is corrosive.

Tips and other useful tips to protect our glasses

Glasses are an important object of our life and must be carefully stored in cases designed to best perform their protective function.


  • If you do not have a case at hand, we recommend that you place them in a safe place with the lenses facing upwards;
  • It is important that the glasses do not remain exposed to high temperatures. Extreme variations in temperature can cause surface cracks due to the different structures of the base lens and the treatment;
  • The frame must always be taken with both hands, both to take them off and to wear them;
  • It is also important to periodically clean the frame and check the side bolts which tend to loosen with use (the advice is to go to our trusted optician to be sure of a competent help);
  • Do not use aggressive detergents or solvents as they will corrode the surface of the glasses.




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