Goggles protect our eyes as we navigate underwater. More often than not we neglect to protect our goggles from damages and causing it to wear off sooner than it should. Dipping your goggles into the pool does not mean that it is cleaned.
The Damaging Factor: Chlorine and Saltwater
Prolonged exposure to chlorine or salt water from the pool can damage your goggles over a period of time. It can cause a lot of grime to accumulate inside the eye cups and get cloudy on the lenses. This can affect your visibility underwater and lead to headaches or blurry vision due to eye strain.
Chlorine and salt affect silicone such as the strap and gaskets of the goggle. They turn stiff and brittle over time - which can result into the strap snapping, and gaskets losing its ability to mould to your face like they once did. You will start to notice this when you feel that the water is leaking into your goggles. And the most troubling part is that it always happens without warning, at the most inconvenient times.
In addition, oil and sunscreen from your face are also contributing factors for trapped dirt in your goggles if you do not thoroughly wash them.
Here are some guides to cleaning and caring for your goggles to keep your them sustainable and safe for usage.
Use Mild Liquid Soap
Do not use soap or detergent with strong chemicals as they can affect the goggle’s lenses and make it appear cloudy. Use a mild liquid soap such as dishwashing soap or baby shampoo to clean your swimming goggles.
Soak the goggles in this soapy mixture for an hour or so then rinse under tap water. Again, rinse thoroughly until you get rid of all the traces of soap or lather.
Make sure you clean everything, the debris from the crevices of the goggle strap and the eye cups. If you are able to remove the goggle straps, it just makes the whole process easier.
We recommend trying:
- This swimsuit cleaner maintains rich colour and removes everything from chlorine to saltwater to sunscreen. Same effects applies when you use it for your goggles.
- This product is formulated specially to remove chlorine and salt water from hair and skin after swimming. It cleanses and moisturises naturally, repairing and protecting hair and skin from chlorine and saltwater damage.
- With no sulphates or parabens, this formulation is gentle on the eyes and skin, and is suitable for all ages, skin, and hair types.
- It is mild and applicable to goggles as well.
Do not rub with your fingers
Rubbing your fingers on the lenses may leave behind debris and oil from your skin onto the lenses making them foggy and cloudy instead of removing soap or dirt. Never scrub your goggles too as they will damage and remove the membrane coating of the anti-fog, subsequently develop scratches on the lenses. Instead, you could wipe them gently with a microfiber lint-free cloth.
Allow your goggles to drip dry after cleaning. Let your goggles dry in a well-ventilated area and ensure it is thoroughly dry before keeping them. Avoid leaving them outside or near the window as prolonged exposure to UV can damage the silicone.
You may have encountered or heard of cases whereby goggles are damaged whilst in the storage space. There are 2 possible reasons for this:
- They were still damp when you last keep it
- They are kept loosely in the bag and had bumped about when travelling
- Instead, store them either in the box or bag they came in, a cushioned case or within a tight compartment of your bag where it won’t fumble too much
Many of the SWANS goggles come with a premium anti-fog coating on the inside of the lens which gives you a longer anti-fog lifespan than the average goggles. This is a membrane coating on the inside of the lens which can be damaged should you scratch the inside with your fingers or rub them with a towel.
Tricks from days gone by such as spitting in the goggles or rubbing with tooth paste or washing up liquid may work when the anti-fog feature has worn out but there is a better way with an anti-fog spray or gel such as the SWANS Anti-fog solution / spray
Learn how to use the SWANS Anti-Fog Liquid here.