Welders need to put deep concentration. That’s the prerequisite, after all. But what if frequent blurred vision while working divert your attention? Not a favorable moment at all.
So, the solution is- cleaning the lens. More specifically, it’s regular cleaning of the welding helmets’ lens. It doesn’t matter which brand’s product you are using. To ensure having clear vision through the lens, there’s no alternative to cleaning.
If you are not likely to clean the welding helmet daily, I’ve tips for you. And I am also sharing some tips and tricks for regular cleaning.
Before diving into the details of how to clean welding helmet lens, look at the products or materials you need to clean a welding helmet.
Cleansing Products You need
The best part of the cleaning is, you don’t need to make a dent in your pocket to buy materials. Easy and household materials are enough for the cleansing process. Let’s see what products do you need:
- It would be best if you had a lens cleaner to clean the lens. Of course, the essential part is to clean lenses. Avoid harmful chemical-made cleaner. I’d suggest using the regular glass cleaner that is easy to find and safe.
- So, with a glass cleaner, you need something to rub with. Use pure soft cotton made cloth. Another option you can try is tissue paper. I like to use tissue paper as I feel it helps to clean more clearly.
- Have some room-temperature water. It’s for regular cleaning. It will not be good enough when you didn’t take care of the helmet for long.
- And lastly, have a brush, with a soft bristle. You are going to clean glass; something hard can make a scratch on it.
- You may also need a screwdriver or a new battery if there’s any technical defect. If not, they are not essential.
So, now let’s get started on the tips and tricks with the detailed process.
Initiate With Lens Cleaning
You may have noticed; the lens gets dirty too quickly! So we have to start cleaning from here, and most of the dust is on the lens. Don’t panic, it is easy to clean. Just take the brush with a soft bristle, rub it in the lens. How’s it looking? Too Dirty or less dirty?
If too dirty, take the glass cleaner. Put more liquid and rub again with the brush. It works like magic.
Suppose it’s less dirty, then there’s no need to use a chemical cleaner. Just take some water, wash it while rubbing with a brush gently.
And, of course, use the tissue (or soft cloth, as well) to wipe away the liquid. It’s done. Now comes the second step.
Don’t Forget To Remove Dust
Cleaning the dust off the lens is the second step. Usually, we find no dust. But if you look closer, it’s not that hard to find. As it’s not a heavy thing, don’t use special techniques. Just take the soft cloth and gently clean the outer part. Avoid chemical cleaner as well.
However, if you think it’s too dirty, then use the brush to rub, and wash it with water nicely. It’ll be okay. Are you most likely to clean every day? Then you can skip the part most of the time.
Check Out the Technical Defects
Technical defects are not part of cleansing but a significant part of taking care. Then why shouldn’t I include it? Check the technical things, like if the screws are tight enough, or if there are any broken parts.
If you find such a problem, you can service it from any shop, or on your own. For small defects, avoid shops. Use a screwdriver, glue, etc., to make sure your helmet will last long.
Take Care Of Scratch
Is it possible to remove the marks of the scratches from the lens? Unfortunately, no. So, what can you do? Well, you can be careful not to have scratch anymore. So here are some of my tips you can follow to avoid having scratches.
Don’t keep it with sharp accessories: sharp accessories create scratches. Once I placed my helmet with my keys full stop and guessed the result? The helmet was full of lousy scratch, and I had nothing to do anymore.
Don’t rub with a stiff bristle: I have already mentioned using soft-bristled brushes while cleaning the helmet to stop because the stiff bristles create scratches.
Store It Carefully
Finally, you have to store your welding helmet in the right place. After a long day of work, you may get too tired to care for the helmet. Don’t go hard on yourself. Just keep it in a box with a good cover (use soft cloth inside the box). You can control it at the place of your work or home. I prefer keeping it in the workplace. So, the full caring process has been done!
All the helmets are not the same. The process of cleansing the lens is easy, but there’s no alternative to being careful. Don’t rush; do the cleaning process gently.
And as different companies’ helmets act differently, don’t forget to check the company’s user manual before cleaning. You might use a Battery-powered helmet. In case of this, don’t forget to keep it away while cleaning the helmet. And after cleaning, you should replace the battery.
Using the same battery may create inconvenience. And if it is solar-powered, you can’t remove the battery. So, then be careful when cleaning around the battery area. This is all you have to maintain.
All products we use need to take care of. Welding helmets lenses are no exception. Even a lower quality product can last longer! Regular cleansing is the key. Now that you know how to clean welding helmet lens, it should get easier for you.
If you clean regularly, you can fix it in a short time. And after having any scratch, you can be alert quickly. Sadly, cleaning with a long break won’t bring you satisfying results.
My advice is to clean at least two days a week. As a result, you won’t find your helmet too dirty ever. You will be able to use it for a long time as well. Happy welding!