There is nothing worse than leaky or foggy goggles when you’re training in the pool or racing in that all important heat. Modern goggles are marvels in terms of materials and engineering. They require just as much care as your high performance race suits. Fortunately it only takes a moment and very little effort to care for your goggles. Your reward for this is to prolong the life and condition of your goggles. More importantly to let this essential piece of equipment do the job it was designed to do so that you can get the most out of your goggles and your swimming experience.
Get the Right Goggles
Seems basic, but you need goggles that fit you. We all have different faces so while a particular brand grabs you it might not fit you. Ours ladies at The SwimShop have the experience to correctly fit and adjust your new goggles for optimum comfort. Our range of goggles includes top recognized brands from Learn to Swim through to Elite Racers.
Don’t rub the inside of the lens
If you a finger, a paper towel or even to spit inside of the goggle lens to remove fog it has the potential to cause damage to the goggle lens with scratches and could even remove the anti-fog coating. If your goggles are fogged simply dip them into the pool water and tip the water out. This should clear the fog. If not you could use an Antifog spray product.
After use rinse your goggles in cold fresh water and lay out flat to dry. Do not use warm or hot water to rinse them as this could cause damage the goggles. Don’t use detergents or other chemical products to wash your goggles as these could also cause damage. Cold fresh water is always the best option.
Dry after rinsing
After you have rinsed your goggles lay them flat to dry. If you put them into your wet bag or wrap them in your towel while still wet this could encourage bacteria which can damage the goggles. Never leave your goggles out in the sun as key components could dry out.
Store Once Dry
Once you have washed and dried your goggles it’s time to protect them. Use a storage option such as our Goggle Boxes or our latest Neoprene cases from Australia. They will prevent any contact with objects that could damage your swimming goggles in your bag and protect them from dirt, scratches and most importantly protect the your anti-fog coating on your goggles.
Wear and Tear
Even when carefully used, maintained and stored, swimming goggles do wear out and lose their effectiveness. So do not hesitate to replace such an essential piece of equipment when you need to, so that you can continue your enjoyment of a full swimming experience.