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Microfiber towels/lens cleaners

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by .264 magnum, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

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    I wear glasses, own a bunch of camera lenses and own a good number of viewing screens - TVs, iPhones, iPads etc. Being weird about optical stuff I like to keep these surfaces hyper clean.

    A. Lots of lens rags - even the pre-packaged "lens cleaning microfiber towels" have some degree of oil or other crap on the towel when new.

    2. I tend to find one or two I like and use them until the are lost or really dirty.

    D. Does anyone has a source for high quality and very clean microfibers towels?

    XI. Also has anyone come up with a washing and drying regimen for microfiber towels? My wife insists on using Shout and Bounce - that crap leaves film/oil on everything.

    Thx.


    ETA - My favs. are the towels included in the "AudioQuest" screen cleaning kit. But the kit is too much in order to buy a towel.
     
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  2. Glock30Eric

    Glock30Eric .45 ACP

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    tagged. I am very picky with the cleaniness on those glasses.
     

  3. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    I'm interested as well and have searched Amazon in the past. No real good hits. I wonder if you could just go to a fabric store and find a bolt of the correct material and hack a chunk off? I think micro suede would be good for wiping off prints on knives and firearms.

    Ah what the hell there is store right around the corner. I'll report back.

    ETA The clothing store I went to had plenty of material similar to the cloths for cleaning eyeglasses. They also had micro sued type material which would be nice for cleaning prints off knives and guns but it was a one sided material. Struck out again.
     
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  4. G36's Rule

    G36's Rule Senior Member

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    I use these.

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/200-Zeiss-Lens-Cleaning-Cloths/dp/B000CPR236"]Amazon.com: 200 Zeiss Lens Cleaning Cloths: Camera & Photo@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31Vmh-Wju3L.@@AMEPARAM@@31Vmh-Wju3L[/ame]
     
  5. BuzznRose

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    I have used these for several years.

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004PHVQN4/ref=s9_simh_awgw_d0_g201_i0/186-2540114-8329409?aid=aw_gw&apid=1353730462&arc=1201&arid=10H9ASMWMWCX7741QTEX&asn=center-6&pf_rd_i=GatewayAW&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=1353730462&pf_rd_r=10H9ASMWMWCX7741QTEX&pf_rd_s=center-6&pf_rd_t=7201"]3M Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth - Pack of 5:Amazon:Home & Kitchen@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Akrq1nlYL.@@AMEPARAM@@41Akrq1nlYL[/ame]

    If the link doesn't work, google "3M Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth"

    These are great! I keep one in every vehicle, anywhere I have reading glasses or use my iPad, etc. they are machine washable many times. They work when wet, they are simply the best thing I've used to clean any glass surface, period! No cleaners or chemicals needed, period. They even work if semi-dirty, but if soiled with any abrasives, wash well before rubbing glass surfaces.

    About $15 for five at amazon.com

    "Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway."
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    I use these too, great product. Keep one in all my vehicles, desk drawer, range bag, etc... 7X6 inch.
     
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    I've been told to keep fabric softener far away from these clothes when cleaning/drying them. Good luck!
     
  9. .264 magnum

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    I grabbed two a bit ago - two's all they had. Anyway they are dry, dry, dry and they were very cheap. Greatness thanks.

    I ordered some of the yellow 3M cloths mentioned above. Thx to you guys too.
     
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    sweet!
     
  12. Kuroineko

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    I can only add that when washing a microfiber towel, wash them separately from other articles. If you drop a microfiber towel, and it picks up foreign debris you may as well use it as a gun rag. It becomes very difficult to remove debris from the cloth and you can't risk scratching or damaging optics or paint (car washing) with a cloth that's been compromised.

    Do not add any sort of fabric softener, as you've discovered it does add a film and will transfer to your lenses.

    I have purchased cheap microfiber towels for my eyeglasses at dollar stores. They are initially okay, but I also noticed fine lint particles being left behind.

    I really like the Zeiss brand towels and moistened towelettes.
     
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    Where do you buy your Ziess towels and towelettes?
     
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    I use a micro-fiber rag/towel and a bit of distilled water. Seems to work fine.
     
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    I'm OCD about the paint on my cars, and I've tried many different brands of micro's, both expensive, and cheap, I finally settled on Meguiars. I use them on the cars, as well as the TV's, camera's, and glasses. I got tired of streaking(oils in the towel), and the small linty fibers left by most brands, Meguiars does not seem to leave much, if at all. As far as washing them, I wash them with a very small amount of laundry soap, then re-wash them again, with only water. Using fabric softener is a huge mistake, it will leave a film on whatever you wipe down, black paint will really show the film.
     
  16. Kuroineko

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    The towels at Walmart, and the towelettes at Sams Club. I have not seen the towels at Sams.
     
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    Walmart and Sam's in bulk packs. They are all I use for fine optics (scopes/binos/DSLR lenses)
     
  18. .264 magnum

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    I'm a Wal Mart hater. But I may break my no shop rule this time.

    Thx.
     
  19. Texas357

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    I keep my lens cloth in a hard case. First speck of grit and it is gone, I don't like scratched glasses. Lots of sand around here, and humidity makes it stick. Last time I got my glasses adjusted, the guy was impressed that my lenses looked so new even though he knew they were at least a year old.

    Any grit on my glasses, I rinse or blow it clean first. Blow off most drops of water, wait a few seconds for glasses to dry a little, then wipe them clean. The lens cloths last a long time if you don't leave them in a pocket, cupholder, shooting bag, or your wife's purse. Protect them, preferably in a sealed container.

    The lens cloth my optometrist includes with every set of glasses feels like it has a slight oil or wax on the cloth. Doesn't seem to harm cleaning ability, and may even keep abrasive grit from sticking to the cloth. Eventually atter enough washings the cloth feels less smooth (less "slick" feeling), softer, but seems to work about the same.

    If you have to, hand wash them, mild soap or none at all (no scented soaps etc), hand wash them in the sink, let them air dry on dish rack. I'd avoid fabric softeners or even scented detergents, and don't put them in the laundry with really dirty stuff - the microfiber cloth will collect all the abrasive materials that washed off your other clothes. The dryer will carry fabric softener residue over from the previous load - a lot. If I was drying a bunch of fine cleaning cloths, I'd at least make sure the load ahead of it didn't use any fabric softener either.

    The disposable papers don't seem to be as good at removing smudges without extra rubbing, but they eliminate the risk of one big sand grain or metal shard scratching your plastic lenses.

    Those lens pens are widely available, often on sale very cheap- stock up when you see a big deal. I use those more for binoculars and camera stuff, too big for everyday use. Protect them, they will pick up grit in the bottom of your camera bag. Don't expect them to stay clean forever.

    Don't overpay for a lens cleaning tool, be ready to pitch it the first time somebody drops it on a dirty floor or you get caught in a sandstorm.
     
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    This is the best glass rag, I have found..Available at WalMart in the auto section..Very soft and thin..$4.77 for a pack of 3...Also are great for the car..
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