Binoculars are one of the most incredible inventions ever. They allow you to see things you wouldn’t usually be able to see—far away, blurry, or just plain tiny.
But sometimes, the view isn’t always clear. And sometimes, it’s not even what you expected.
Sand is one of those little things that can ruin your binocular experience. It gets in there and messes with your ability to see what’s going on out there—whether you’re trying to get a better view of the beach or keep eye on what’s happening on the other side of your fence line.
So how do you get sand out of binoculars? We’ve got all the tips and tricks here!
Cleaning your binoculars is a lot easier than you might think! You don’t need any fancy tools or equipment, just a good few items from around the house or available at your local Stores. Here’s what you’ll need:
- A lint-free cloth/ Cotton swabs (Q-tips)
- (microfiber cloths are best)
- Lens cleaning solution
- Lens pen or canned air
You’re not going to believe this, but there are a few things you should never put inside your binoculars.
First and foremost, never use any household cleaner. Some people mistakenly think that because their binoculars are made of glass, they can use the same cleaning methods they would for other glass surfaces.
But the truth is that household cleaners can leave residue on the lenses or coatings, and you’ll have no idea what’s causing your vision problems; i.e. distortion, double vision or coma e.t.c. Plus, if you use too much pressure when cleaning, you risk cracking your lenses.
Paper towels and tissues are also off-limits. These items can easily scratch or smudge the surface of your binoculars if they’re not handled with care.
Cleaning your binoculars is essential not only for their performance but also for your safety. Dust and dirt that builds up on the lenses can affect their optical performance. It can also cause you to miss important details in your worldview.
Every pair of binoculars has a different cleaning process; read the manual before you start, so you know how to get started; if you don’t have it, search for it online.
If your binoculars come with cleaning solutions, use those before moving on to other cleaning methods. The best way to apply these solutions is by using a microfiber cloth, or cotton swab dipped in a small amount of cleaning solution on each lens surface until they’re free of debris and smudges from fingerprints or other contaminants that can affect image quality.
After applying the cleaning agent to your binoculars, wipe them down with a microfiber cloth until all the liquid has been absorbed. This will leave behind no moisture residue, which could cause damage to your lenses over time.
Sand can get through the lens and scratch the glass, which causes the image to look blurry. Even if you don’t see any sand on the outside of your binoculars, it’s best to clean them after every trip so that you don’t have to deal with annoying scratches later.
To keep sand out of your binoculars:
1. Always keep them in a protective case when not in use. This keeps out dust and dirt as well as sand, which can get in through cracks or gaps in an unprotected case.
2. Never set your binoculars on the ground while they’re open. Sand will inevitably get into them this way! Instead, close them up before setting them down on a surface so that nothing gets inside. Or find a soft surface like a blanket or towel where you can set them down without worrying about anything getting into them.
Care of your binoculars is critical, and an eye is our most precious thing. So if you have sand in your binoculars, you need to get it out—and fast.
We hope this guide has been helpful. We’ll see you next time!