How to Remove Scratches from Spectacles
by MedPlus Team, July 9, 2021
So, you finally bought those spectacles you have been eyeing for a while. But after a few days, you notice scratches on them. Imagine how crest-fallen that could make you feel? For someone who has to wear eyeglasses to see clearly, what could be more disturbing than finding a few scratches on them? Scratches can not only ruin the look of your spectacles but they can distort your vision, cause eye strain or even give you headaches. So it is important to remove scratches from your glasses.
Let’s read on to know it all:
What causes scratches on eyeglasses?
Modern eyeglasses are made of sophisticated plastic and are quite durable and more resistant to everyday wear and tear. Even so, if you clean eyeglasses with tissues or fabrics, you do more harm than good and end up scratching them. Grit, dust mites and lint all tend to cling to plastic material and rubbing your glasses can cause scratches. Likewise, cleaning glasses with household cleaners can not only cause micro scratches but also strip your lenses of their protective coatings which will only lead to more scratches.
How to remove small scratches from glasses?
This is a common question faced by people who wear eyeglasses. You are not alone if you feel like your eyeglasses get scratched no matter what you do. If you are wondering about what to do to get rid of those scratches, then look no further. Even though eyeglasses scratch repair is a bit tricky, there are a few things that can be done to make those scratches disappear or at least not be very bothersome.
Thankfully, there are several ways to remove scratches from glasses lenses
made at home or purchased easily in stores. If you ever run into this problem, then here is an easy-to-follow guide on how to remove scratches from glasses.
How to remove scratches from glasses with baking soda
Clean your eyeglasses with a microfiber cloth. Make a thick paste made of baking soda and water. This paste is a scratch remover for glasses. Put a small amount of this paste on the area with scratches and gently rub it in soft circular motions. Use a cotton ball or cloth and keep rubbing for a few seconds until you see the scratches disappear. Simply rinse off the paste on the eyeglasses in clear cold water and pat dry with a clean cloth. This is usually the most common and easiest process to remove unwanted scratches from glasses.
How to remove scratches from glasses with toothpaste
Clean your eyeglasses with a microfiber cloth. Apply a non-gel, non-abrasive, non-whitening toothpaste on the lenses and rub gently. Toothpaste is a great scratch remover for glasses. Put a small amount of toothpaste on the area with scratches and gently rub it in soft circular motions. Use a cotton ball or cloth and keep rubbing for a few seconds and see the scratches vanish. Now, rinse the eyeglasses in clear cold water and pat dry with a clean cloth.
How to remove scratches from glasses with wax-based scratch fillers
When the scratches are not micro scratches but are of a certain magnitude, eyeglass scratch repair is not that simple. The scratches cannot be removed that easily and therefore, require filling. There are wax-based products that can fill in the scratches of your eyeglasses temporarily and therefore, need to be reapplied.
How to remove scratches with Glass Etching Products
Usually, more often than not, eyeglasses will have some sort of a protective coating on the lenses, whether it is for preventing easy scratching, adding polarization, or for reflective purposes. These coatings take the whole brunt and ensure to keep the lenses perfectly fine. So, when the coating gets scratched, it can be removed by using certain products used for glass etching. The only downside to this sort of eyeglass scratch repair is that the glass lenses will no longer provide certain features related to the coatings like polarization.
How to prevent scratches on your eyeglasses?
In most cases, microscopic scratches on eyeglasses are mostly always due to improper care and cleaning. As it is not always pocket-friendly to replace or even repair scratched lenses, it is best to say that an ounce of prevention goes a long way in avoiding unnecessary costs. Follow these simple steps to ensure scratch-free eyeglasses.
1) Microfiber cloth:
A microfiber cloth usually comes with eyeglasses. It is a must for cleaning eyeglasses. Bear in mind that paper products are a big no-no as they are all made from wood and even the softest of tissues can still be abrasive and hence, need to be avoided at all costs.
2) Cushioned case:
A case that is fitted to your eyeglasses and is well-cushioned will ensure that your eyeglasses stay safe. It is important to place your eyeglasses back in the case every time you do not use them. Always carry your case with you and use it. Also, make sure your case has a hard protective surface.
3) Scratch-resistant coatings
Eyeglasses need a scratch-resistant coating to keep them safe. These coatings are applied much before the lenses are cut to fit your frames. Before ordering your new pair of eyeglasses, be sure to know as to which type of coating you would like to add and avoid missing your opportunity to get a good coating that protects them well from scratches.
4) Glass lenses
Since plastic lenses are more prone to get scratches than glass lenses, it may be better to order glass lenses. Plastic lenses can get scratches from any type of contact, even just simply cleaning your lenses with the wrong type of cloth can cause scratches. Glass lenses are much more scratch-resistant than plastic (polycarbonate) ones and you may want to invest in them.
To sum up, no matter how careful you might be, a small slip-up could still give you scratches on your eyeglasses. So, we just hope the remedies and tips in this guide will help you to get rid of those scratches and hopefully prevent them in the first place.