Cleaning your sunglasses may seem easy enough, but as with most things, there is always a best way, and it doesn’t involve the bottom of your shirt. Sometimes you could actually be doing as much harm as good. We’ve got a quick tutorial to help.
We’re going straight to major funk removal. If you don’t feel like your lenses have reached that point, you can skip these two steps. First, if there is any debris on your lenses, rinse it away with warm water. Do not wipe it! That’s a very easy way to scratch your lenses, especially if the debris is sand or dirt.
After rinsing, you can use a household soap to remove what’s left. Dish detergent is made to remove oil and grease, so naturally it will do exactly that for sunscreen and makeup funk that has built up on your sunglasses. Even hand soap will usually do the trick and is a bit milder. Avoid getting soap on rubber nose pads. It can cause them to deteriorate more quickly than usual.
Do not use anything besides a microfiber to dry your lenses. Air drying is the best option if you aren’t in a hurry.
In most cases where you just have finger prints or some mysterious film on your lens, a microfiber cloth should do the job. Any nice pair of sunglasses should have this included when you purchase them. For stubborn spots, the best solution is standard lens cleaner. It’s mild enough that it won’t degrade the coatings on your lenses if applied frequently and, used with a microfiber cloth, should leave your lenses squeaky clean.
If you live near one of our locations, you’re in luck! You are always invited to come in for a free sunglass cleaning. We are happy to help maintain the life of your sunglasses so that you can enjoy them for many adventures to come. We know it’s hard to resist using your shirt in a pinch, but please don’t. That’s often where those random hairline scratches come from. Just follow the guidelines above or swing by one of our shops for a visit.
*Important note for Oakley wearers: do not use any type of cleaner on Oakley lenses, not even lens spray. A microfiber and warm water are all you need.
*You can pick up a cleaning kit at any of our locations for $10.99. The kit includes a travel case, a microfiber cloth and a bottle of lens cleaner that we refill for free any time you run out.