Safety glasses are meant to protect your eyes – as such, they’re often used in professions where dangers to the eyes are expected. It’s not uncommon for them to eventually become damage-worn, or scratched up. It’s not always convenient to buy new safety glasses just because of a few minor scratches, so in such cases, it might be a better idea to look into removing scratches from your current safety glasses. But how do you get scratches out of Safety Glasses?
Avoiding the Scratches in the First Place
Sometimes, the best way to deal with scratches on your safety glasses is to avoid them altogether – making it so that they never have to happen.
You might try attaching a chain to your glasses, in order to make sure that they don’t fall on the ground and cause scratches that way. A lot of the time, scratches can be caused by clumsiness – so if this sound like too much trouble, simply pay more attention to where you set down your glasses when you take them off. It may save you a headache.
Conversely, using an appropriate cloth might make all the difference in avoiding scratches to your safety specs. It might sound silly to suggest that safety lenses, which have been specifically designed to withstand trauma from projectiles, could get scratches from wiping them with your shirt – a very common practice. However, it does happen if the material is rough enough or if it is covered in dirt that can affect the lenses. Therefore, using an appropriately smooth cloth could make your life all the easier.
You could also add an anti scratch coating to your lenses when you first purchase them. This will help reduce the number of scratches that appear on your lenses and so will help to increase the longevity of your lenses.
Removing the Scratches From Your Lenses
Of course, avoiding scratches can only get you so far when we all know that accidents will simply happen, whether we like it or not. When it’s too late, and the damage is done, it serves to know there are some great ways to go about the crisis!
The first method involves using a combination of dish soap and a glass cleaner. The glass cleaner should be mixed with a few drops of the soap in a bowl, after which you’d once again rub the substance over the scratches in small circles until you see them disappear.
The method works with plenty of other of substances too. A solution of baby wash and warm water, for instance, will yield the same results, as will one of white vinegar and baking soda – in which instance you’d need to mix the substances until the foam has gone away.
If you don’t feel like mixing up any solutions, then you could use a vehicle cleaner wax instead. In all cases, however, no matter what you use, you should always remember to rinse off your safety glasses afterwards. Whether they be prescription safety glasses, or your regular run-of-the-mill safety goggles, this is an important thing to remember.
You could also use a verified lens cleaner which would always be our recommendation as it is specially formulated to use on lenses. There are some fantastic products on the market to clean your lenses. You will find some of them below.
Cat Crap Anti Fog Spray On Lens Cleaner£6.49 Exc. VAT
Cat Crap Care Kit£11.99 Exc. VAT
Cat Crap Anti-Fog Paste£6.99 Exc. VAT
It should be noted however that using household items to clean or remove your scratches can lead to issues with your lenses especially if you have additional coatings for anti fog, anti glare or indeed any tints on your lenses to make them different colours. The tints and coatings can react with the household items and leave you in a worse condition than before so be sure you know what material, coatings and tints have been applied to your glasses before you start. If you are not sure check with your safety glasses provider.
How Scratched Is Too Scratched For Safety Glasses?
Often, a method to judge this involves assessing whether or not you can actually see what you are doing through your lenses, which can give you a better feel over how much time your safety glasses have left before they’ll become totally unusable – ignoring some of the more obvious signs of course, such as discomfort while wearing them, or proper cracks through the lenses.
If you notice some of the lighter scratches are present you might be able to easily rub these off with a microfibre cloth. Any that can’t be washed off at this point are likely not going to come out any time soon. You may need to start thinking about purchasing a new pair.
Remember Proper Storage Of Your Safety Eyewear
All this will have been a pointless effort if, at the end of the day, you leave your glasses somewhere where they could get scratched all over again. Remember to store them somewhere safe, and solid, where they can’t fall off onto the ground.
These are some of the best and most common methods for getting those pesky scratches off of your safety glasses. It’s important to remember to do your best to avoid such things happening in the first place, but in some environments, it’s always going to be inevitable.
As long as you know what to do when those scratches start impeding your vision, you’ll always be good to go! And if that still doesn’t help – at least you’ll know when the time has come to switch out for a new pair.