7 Useful Care And Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Motorcycle Riding Glasses in Great Shape
Just as you care for your actual motorcycle to keep it in excellent shape and be able to ride it longer, so should you keep all of your motorcycle gear in great condition to get the most use out of everything that makes your ride better. When it comes to your motorcycle riding glasses, it is crucial that you routinely clean them, care for them, and keep them in optimal shape. After all, safety eye wear can literally save your life by improving your visibility on the road and protecting your eyes from debris and wind. In this post, we will take a look at a few useful tips you can use to better clean and care for your motorcycle riding glasses.
- Clean Without Scratching: If you own a pair of scratch-resistant motorcycle riding glasses, you won’t have to worry about the problem of accidentally scratching your lenses when cleaning or handling them. However, whether your glasses are scratch-resistant or not, it’s always a good idea to make sure you are taking the right steps to clean the lenses and frames without scratching or damaging anything. To do this, check the lenses for dust or debris and gently blow away anything loose from the glasses before handling them further. Next, rinse your glasses or spritz the lenses with a cleaning spray. If you don’t have access to a faucet or cleaning spray, try keeping cleaning towelettes on hand, especially when you are on the road. Lastly, use a microfiber cloth to thoroughly wipe the lenses without leaving behind any residue or streaks.
- Don’t Forget The Frames: Too often, motorcycle riders will quickly and haphazardly wipe down their lenses with a cloth and completely neglect the frames. It’s important to thoroughly clean both the lenses and the frames because the frames are susceptible to buildup of dust and debris. Clearly, it would be quite difficult to properly clean your frames with a cloth since those hard-to-reach areas are very small and compact. Instead, use the bristles of a toothbrush to clean the frames of any debris that has been collected. Make sure to be as careful as possible when using the toothbrush to clean the frames so that you don’t scratch the lenses with the bristles.
- Know What NOT to Clean With: Your best bet is to clean your glasses with a microfiber cloth to protect the lenses from scratches. So now that you know what you should use, what shouldn’t you use when cleaning your glasses? Stay away from abrasive fabrics such as your t-shirt, paper towel, or a shop rag. It’s tempting to quickly brush away any streaks or residue with what you have on hand (like your shirt), but this habit will harm your glasses in the long run. Even if a fabric feels relatively soft, they still contain abrasive fibers which are the culprits behind scratched glasses.
- Don’t Forget Fluid: If you are in a bind and need to quickly clean off your dirty, dusty glasses on the road, whipping out a microfiber cloth and quickly wiping them down will suffice. However, for routine cleaning, it’s important to not forget fluid. A cleaning solution or water is necessary to not only get a complete clean, but to keep your lenses safe. The more you rely solely on “dry cleaning” your glasses, the more at risk they will be for becoming scratched.
- Be Mindful of The Cleaning Solution You Use: The best way to know which cleaning solutions are safe for your glasses and which ones are not is by checking with the manufacturer’s guidelines. You will find that most manufacturers will recommend you don’t use window cleaners or dish soaps to clean your glasses. The reason for this is because these types of cleaning solutions have chemicals that will strip your lenses of protective materials and anti-fog coating. This will put your safety at serious risk the next time you are on the road.
- Protect Your Glasses When You Aren’t Using Them: Anyone who wears traditional prescription glasses on a regular basis already understands the importance of keeping glasses protected when they are not in use. Invest in a hard case to store your glasses when they are not in use instead of leaving them somewhere in your garage, stuffed in a backpack, or on the backseat of your car. Simply by storing your glasses somewhere safe when you are not riding, you are maintaining the quality of your safety glasses, protecting them from scratches and other damage, and extending the life of them, thus making them a better investment for you. Keep in mind that improper storage of outdoor activity glasses, safety glasses, and motorcycle glasses is the second most common cause of scratches. It goes without saying that this damage can easily be avoided simply by carrying your glasses in a hard case rather than carrying them loose in larger baggage.
- Set up a Routine: One of the easiest ways to preserve and elongate the life of your motorcycle riding glasses is by setting up a system and a routine for how and when you will clean your glasses. Of course, it isn’t necessary that you clean your glasses every single day (unless you plan on riding across dirt roads every day). However, make a plan to clean them after any extensive riding so that debris, dust, and dirt buildup doesn’t ruin the lenses and frames of your glasses.