How to Clean Lenses on VR Headsets

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The world of virtual reality is taking digital gaming to the next level, and it will only continue to grow in popularity through the years. Whether you are a new owner of a VR headset or have had a headset for years, you might run into obstacles when it comes to regular lens cleanings.

If you want your VR headset to stay in great shape for years, it’s important to keep up with regular maintenance and cleaning. VR headsets can accumulate dirt, debris, dust and oils from our skin. The more you use your headset, you’ll notice the need to clean your internal lenses regularly for a premium user experience.

Additionally, if you ever want to resell your VR headset, you will need to keep it in excellent shape to maintain premium resale value. There are various benefits of cleaning your lenses and headsets, however, many people use improper materials that put your equipment at risk.

In this article, we will break down how to clean lenses on VR headsets to ensure you keep your equipment safe, clean and functional. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know to clean your lenses the proper way.

How Often to Clean Your VR Lenses?

There are so many ways your VR lenses can end up dirty, so the second you notice a build-up of oil smudges or grime, it’s recommended to clean your lenses immediately. The longer you delay the process, the higher risk you have of scratching the lenses or allowing the debris to settle.

Clean your lenses before you play to remove any debris that may have accumulated from storage or previous wear. If multiple users are playing with the same headset, make sure to clean it between each user. Even if you rarely use your VR headset, cleaning the lenses every week is a good rule of thumb to protect the fragile fiberglass.

What You Need to Clean Your VR Lenses

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Compressed Air Canister
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Cleaning Oculus Quest 2 with a microfiber cloth

How to Clean Your VR Headset

When you are cleaning your VR headset, never use any liquid cleaner or alcohol. These cleaning solutions can lead to permanent damage, scratching, and even malfunctions. Instead, pick up your VR headset and use the compressed air canister to remove any dust and loosen debris.

Aim the canister towards the small nooks and crannies of the VR headset lens area, spraying in short bursts. Make sure you don’t point the canister directly at the lenses, and always keep the nozzle 2 to 3 inches away from the headset. Use compressed air to clean the internal and external portions of the headset.

Once you’re finished, take a microfiber cloth that is free of cleaning solution and gently wipe down the lenses. Wipe in a circular motion to avoid streaking, start in the center of the lenses and move outwards. Repeat this process until your lenses are spotless and free of dust and fingerprints.

VR headsets are a delicate piece of technology, so make sure to take care of them and pick up the proper products to clean them safely. Hopefully, this article helped clarify the best way to clean your lenses for optimal clarity and gaming!

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