It’s a fact of life, binoculars get dirty. You’re going to take them outside, you’re going to have them in the sun and rain, and dust is going to settle on the lenses. But a good pair of binos can be a big investment. And keeping them properly clean will extend their life and performance.
A layer of dust contains hard particulates that can gouge the fine coating on your binocular lenses. If you try to wipe them clean with the corner of your shirt, you’re going to grind those particulates against the glass and ruin that irreplaceable coating. This will destroy your image quality over time. Before engaging in any cleaning, be sure to read the owner’s manual for your device. This will ensure you have all the proper information you need to clean your specific model. Then remember not to clean them too often, as the less you rub the lenses, the longer they’ll last. Finally, when they’re not in use, keep your lenses capped, your eyecups and focus knobs retracted, and your binos safely tucked away in their carrying case. If you follow these simple tips, your binoculars will thank you.
So, what’s the right way to clean binoculars to avoid damaging them? Follow these simple steps to ensure you are protecting your binoculars while you clean them.
Whatever you do, do not attempt to disassemble your binoculars to clean them inside. You can ruin their waterproofing and fog proofing, but you’ll also will nullify any warranty. If you think something inside needs attention, contact the manufacturer. Chances are, they’ll be able to help you with your problem without major surgery. The most important thing to remember is, if you treat your binoculars with care, they can last you a lifetime.
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