How to remove scratches from your glasses… Follow these simple tips on the test bench.
You have left your glasses on the table with the lenses side down and here you are with scratched lenses… Here are 4 simple tips to remove scratches from your glasses.
It is estimated that 60 percent of people wear glasses or contact lenses to improve their vision. If you wear glasses, you may know that if you don’t choose scratch-resistant lenses, you’re likely to see a lot less in the next 6 months.
Many people wear glasses only for reading and driving, but with winter, wearing glasses is also a great strategy to protect your eyes from dry air. But with increased wear and tear, the risk of scratches increases.
Here are a few simple tips for removing small scratches from the lenses of your glasses.
Some of them work really well, others are only temporary solutions until you get a new pair, and we’ve listed a few common remedies that just don’t seem to work or even cause more pain.
The first time I had a very annoying scratch on the lenses of my glasses when I was a child, my mother had rubbed toothpaste on them. I couldn’t remember if it worked, so I tried it on an old pair of glasses I had on hand, and it worked really well.
Of course, for big scratches, there’s no real cure, but for small nicks, the mild abrasiveness of the toothpaste helps to smooth the surrounding area and remove blemishes. It also makes your legs look pretty clean and shiny.
I read that some people use a cotton ball to apply the toothpaste, but I used a microfibre cloth. To keep your microfibre clothes clean, you can use a cotton ball or tampon.
I also made sure to rub with a circular motion, (this decreases the chances of new straight scratches). Don’t forget to rinse the toothpaste, inspect, and try again if you are not satisfied with the results. Repeat until the desired result is achieved.
In the same vein, I’ve seen people suggest a baby shampoo or a baking soda paste, using the same strategy (small amount, microfibre cloth, scrub scratches, rinse, repeat).
I haven’t tried them myself, but other experiences with baking soda paste and using shampoos and lotions to clean things give me the idea that they would be just as effective as toothpaste.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
Vinegar mixed with baking soda is another great all-purpose cleaner and abrasive. It is best to mix a small amount of this paste directly on the lens to obtain full foaming power. It’s a fun way to take you back to elementary school science class.
Alcohol, glass cleaner, Marseille soap, and microfiber…
Many people suggest using only soap and microfibre cloth, rubbing alcohol, glass cleaner, and dish soap. They all clean your glasses, but I have never tried to remove scratches using these methods. For small scratches, it’s definitely worth a try, as none of these ingredients are expensive, but between you and me, I’m not too hopeful.
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Car wax is also a common suggestion, but it is less likely to be on hand and is more expensive than other alternatives. Unless you have some on hand, it doesn’t seem worth it. If you use car wax or industrial cleaners, be sure to use gloves, rinse your glasses thoroughly and follow all safety precautions.
What not to do
A common recommendation for removing scratches from your DVDs, for example, is nail polish remover. I don’t know if it works for DVDs, but don’t use it on your glasses. All the protective coatings on your glasses will be eaten away. Also, if you plan to use brass polishes or other industrial products, make sure they don’t contain acetone.
If you are unable to completely remove scratches from your lenses, you should replace them first, even if they are not too disturbing. Constantly looking through defective lenses is a strain on your eyesight. Taking care of your glasses is especially important for people with astigmatism and other eye conditions.
If you suffer from any of these conditions, it is recommended that you consult your ophthalmologist for any problems related to your glasses. They will be able to advise you on the risks of using scratched glasses and avoid squinting.
Have you been able to remove scratches from your glasses? Share your tips in the comments!