How To Clean Your Safety Glasses

How to clean your safety glasses

Proper cleaning techniques will extend the life of your eyewear.

As a company who specializes in selling safety glasses and protective eyewear, we’re frequently asked:

“What is the best method for cleaning the lenses on safety glasses to avoid scratching the lens”?

Safety Glasses primarily use polycarbonate lens material, which is great for impact protection, however it is prone to scratching when improper cleaning techniques are used. In fact, the number one reason for scratched lenses is from improper lens cleaning.

To keep the lenses on your safety glasses for becoming scratched follow these three easy steps.

  1. Use your breath to blow any loose dirt or debris from your lenses.
  2. If possible rinse your lenses under a faucet or use lens cleaning spray from a lens cleaning station. *If neither are available use an alcohol lens cleaning towelette to gently clean both sides of the lens.
  3. Wipe the lenses dry with a soft microfiber cloth to remove any streaks or cleaning solution residue.

Some other helpful tips to avoid scratched lenses:

  • Don’t use your shirt, shop rag, facial tissue or paper towel to clean your lenses. Most of these fabrics are infused with abrasive fibers that will scratch your lenses.
  • If you use a microfiber pouch to wipe your lenses, use the inside of the pouch. The exterior may have picked up dirt, debris or other abrasive contaminants that will scratch your lenses.
  • Never clean your lenses with dish washing soaps or household glass cleaners. These products contain chemicals that may remove the special lens coatings (anti-fog) or delaminate mirrored lens tints.
  • Store your safety glasses in a hard case or microfiber pouch when you’re not wearing them. Improper storage of safety eyewear is the second most common cause of lens scratches.

Following the above cleaning techniques will keep your lenses clean and help extend the life of your eyewear.


About Michael Eldridge

Michael Eldridge is the Founder and CEO of Safety Glasses USA, one of the web's largest providers of safety glasses and goggles. He's a US Marine Veteran who's particularly passionate about protective eyewear and helping people learn about vision safety. In his spare time he enjoys target shooting, fishing, camping with his family and watching Detroit Tigers baseball. You can follow Michael on Twitter @MikeEldridge73, Google or via the Safety Glasses USA Facebook Page.


  1. Safety glasses are an important component of any worker’s PPE. They need to be maintained just like any other piece of protective gear. Don’t give yourself the excuse of “oh, these are scratched” to get out of wearing safety glasses on the job!


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