Cleaning your microfiber lens cloth is pretty easy, as long as it’s not too dirty or stained. However, if the cleaning isn’t done correctly, you can end up damaging the fabric. So, what’s the best way to clean your microfiber lens cloth?
Vinegar or other safe cleaning agents are best for washing tough stains from a microfiber lens cloth. You can wash your microfiber cloth in a washing machine if you’re in a hurry, and if your cloth isn’t too dirty, you can just use compressed air or a blow dryer to dislodge dust and dirt particles.
Let’s take a closer look at the options for cleaning your microfiber eyeglass lens cloth as well as some tips to prevent it from getting damaged in the process.
How to Clean Your Microfiber Lens Cloth
The most effective way to clean your microfiber lens cleaning cloth is to wash it by hand using vinegar or other microfiber cleaning agents. You can also wash it in a washing machine if you’re looking for the fastest, easiest option.
If your lens cleaning cloth is only mildly dirty, you can often clean it with a good shake or by using a can of compressed air (on Amazon) to blow off the dirt.
When it comes to cleaning your microfiber cloth, you should take note of the following:
- Avoid using bleach, which can damage the sensitive fabric of your lens cloth
- Avoid using fabric softener on the cloth because it’ll destroy its ability to take away moisture from your lens.
- Avoid high-level temperatures when using a dryer, as they can also damage the cloth fabric.
Always read the manufacturer’s guide to check for the washing methods that suit a particular cloth.
How to Wash the Cloth By Hand
Washing your microfiber lens cloth by hand is a good option if you’ve got some time to spare. Here are the steps you should follow to wash it correctly:
- Fill an empty bowl with cold water. Most people rush to use hot water to clean their fiberglass cloth, but this isn’t ideal. You can use warm water, but don’t use water that’s too hot.
- Add vinegar or another cleaning agent that doesn’t contain bleach or fabric softener. You can use liquid hand soap or dish soap. How much of the liquid you should add depends on the type of stains and fabric.
- Stir the mixture well, until the liquid is properly dissolved.
- Soak the cloth in the mixture and leave it submerged for 5-10 minutes so that the cleaning agent reacts with the stains.
- Take the cloth out and gently rub it. Squeeze and wash it with cold or warm water to rinse out the cleaning agent, and it’s ready to clean your lens.
How to Wash the Cloth in a Machine
You can also wash your microfiber lens cloth in a washing machine to remove hard stains and deep dirt from your cloth. Ideally, you should clean your microfiber lens cloth separately from other clothes when using a washing machine.
To wash it in a machine, you need to fill the washing machine with cold or warm water. Next, add a tiny amount of a cleaning agent that doesn’t contain bleach or fabric softener. Now, run your machine on a low setting to prevent damaging the cloth.
Once the cycle is complete, take the cloth out and squeeze it gently. Rub it gently and wash it in cold water to remove the cleaning detergent from the cloth.
Finally, check if there’s any dirt left on the cloth. If the cloth is clean, hang it outdoors or use a dryer to dry it thoroughly.
Non-Washing Cleaning Methods
Not all microfiber lens cleaning cloths need washing to keep them clean. As we mentioned above, in many cases, you can simply shake the cloth rigorously if it has light dirt on it. You can also use a can of compressed air or a blow dryer to blow out the dirt and debris.
Here’s a closer look at these options:
- Shaking the Cloth: Hold the cloth with two corners and shake it rigorously. This will loosen up the dirt and the debris collected in your microfiber cloth. You should do this every time you use the microfiber lens cleaning cloth, to prevent a dirt build-up.
- Using Compressed Air: If the dust is too compact and can’t be shaken off, using a can of compressed air is a good option for you. The can will blow air on the cloth with pressure, allowing the dust to loosen its grip and come out of the cloth fabric.
- Using a Blow Dryer: Another good alternative is to use a blow dryer to remove the dust, dirt, and debris from your fiberglass lens cleaning cloth. Keep the dryer setting low and keep it at a proper distance from the cloth to avoid damaging the cloth fibers.