I remember the very first pair of safety glasses I ever had. I also remember that it didn’t take long for them to be ruined, as it turned out, simply because I didn’t know how to clean them correctly. Luckily for me I had a relatively inexpensive pair of safety glasses so it wasn’t a huge loss to replace them.
Cleaning safety glasses correctly will save you from not being able to see correctly and thus avoid potential hazards. Knowing how to clean your safety glasses over prescription frames will also give them a longer life. You will also be saved the cost of replacing your safety glasses and that kind of thing normally happens at the least convenient time and place.
Remove Dust and Debris From Your Lenses.
It’s dust and debris that will be one of the reasons your safety glasses become scratched. If you don’t remove these tiny particles first from your lenses, you will be sad.
Gently blow onto your lenses, front and back, in order to remove the dust and debris on them. It must be said I have seen someone using an air line on their safety glasses. He got away with it until the day the air took off one of the long arms of his glasses. So, gentle is good.
The best way, I have found, to rinse safety glasses is by holding them under a gently running cold water from a faucet. Sometimes you may have a deposit on your lens or lenses that won’t be moved by cold water so making the water lukewarm will still be safe for your safety glasses or goggles.
Some work places provide material at a lens cleaning station that can be used, such as safety glasses cleaning spray solution and cleaning cloths. Just don’t forget to gently blow off the dust and debris before you start.
Drying your safety glasses correctly is crucial. Using the wrong type of material can also lead to scratched lenses. Use a microfiber cloth or the inside of a microfiber pouch to dry and clean the lenses.
Take note. Water or an appropriate lens cleaning solution must be used as part of the cleaning process. Cleaning your lenses without having used a fluid on them first will probably lead to scratched lenses, even if you’re using a microfiber cloth.
Now we have a clean shiny pair of safety glasses or goggles, we need to protect them. Generally, although this cleaning procedure can be carried out during any part of your day, the last clean at the end of your work or day will be when you can protect you safety glasses.
Once your safety eye wear is cleaned and ready to be put away, ensure the safety eye wear is placed into a protective case. Improper storage is yet another way lenses can become scratched.
- Facial tissues, paper towels (especially from the restroom), shirts or shop rags should never be used to clean safety glasses or goggles. These materials may feel soft to the touch but do have fibers that are coarse enough to scratch a lens.
- Keep your cleaning cloths clean too, making sure they are cleaned on a regular basis. Have spares if you can.
- Only use cleaning solutions specifically designed for lenses. While various types of soap or other cleaners may be handy, they may contain chemicals not conducive to the coatings on your safety glasses or goggles, coatings you’ve paid for.
- Use an old, soft, toothbrush to gently clean the frames. Do absolutely avoid the lenses though.
- If you routinely clean your safety glasses or goggles, such as at the end of the day, you’ll have clean lenses to help keep you safe and to give you clear vision as you begin your work
We’ve had a brief look at how to clean your safety glasses or goggles by:
- Blowing off dirt and debris.
- Rinsing your safety glasses.
- Drying your safety glasses.
- How to protect your safety glasses.
Tips have been included in various sections together with additional tips in this section.
If carried out, the cleaning method outlined in this post will ensure you have clean safety glasses that give you clear vision while you work. Maintaining your eye wear will ensure they will last far longer than my first pair of safety glasses ever did. This will also save you money.
If you have any questions about cleaning your safety glasses or comments, please leave them below.
Aim for zero accidents and be safe!