Proper cleaning is essential in prolonging the life of your eyeglasses. Cleaning removes dirt and particle buildup that causes your eyeglasses to become hazy and scratched. Regular cleaning sessions also provide time to inspect your eyeglasses for damage such as chips, cracks or loose screws. Though there are many eyeglass specific cleaners on the market, you can also clean your glasses with a window cleaner, such as Windex.
Rinse your eyeglasses under running water. Rinsing before cleaning with Windex and drying with a cloth removes dirt and particles that could scratch your lenses when rubbed. Hold your eyeglasses by the temples and run each lens, front and back, under warm water.
Take your eyeglasses by the bridge. Spray inside and outside of each lens with Windex.
Wrap lens cloth or another soft, non-shedding cloth around one lens and dry by rubbing back and forth across the lens. Rub gently but firmly to remove dirt without damaging the eyeglasses. Repeat for the other lens.
Clean ridges and crevices with a cotton swap soaked in Windex.
Dry eyeglasses. The most gentle method for drying is to shake excess water off over a sink and lay on a soft cloth to air dry. If time doesn't allow, dry eyeglasses by gently wiping with a dry lens cloth or lay eye glasses on a towel and use a blow dryer on the lowest setting.
Store eyeglasses in a lens case when you're not wearing them to prevent dirt buildup and damage.
Wash hands prior to cleaning your eyeglasses.
Don't wipe eyeglasses with paper products such as napkins, paper towels or toilet paper as these materials contain wood particles that can scratch the lenses. These materials also have a tendency to leave fibers behind.
Don't use hot water to rinse eyeglasses. Hot water can warp frames.