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How to Care for Your Swim Goggles


No one wants blurred vision racing down the pool. It's important to take a moment to care for your swim goggles regularly. Caring for your goggles doesn't take much effort or time, but can prolong the life and condition of this piece of equipment that's crucial to this sport. Here are some tips on how to prolong the life of your goggles.

In the Pool

A new pair of goggles will usually have an anti-fog coating inside the lens. Swimmers often will rub the inside of their goggles with a finger or towel to prevent fogging on the lens. Be careful! This de-fogging method may cause damage and rub off the coating. If your goggles do become foggy, there are anti-fog sprays and de-fogging solutions that will help keep the lenses clear for your next swim. Simply spray one or two squirts in your goggles before you hop in the pool. Some swimmers even use their tongue (sounds funny, we know!) to clean the lens, which has been known to keep the lenses clearer for longer.

After Your Workout

After swimming make sure to rinse your goggles in cold fresh water. Rinsing off the chlorine and pool chemicals will help prolong the life of your goggles. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight or hot water as this may cause the rubber to melt or screen to crack. Lay them out flat to dry in a cool place. Try to let your goggles dry as much as possible before placing them in your swim bag or towel. The leftover water residue in the goggles might cause bacteria or mold to grow, which can damage the goggles.

For Your Next Swim

Storing your goggles in their protective case prevents scratches and exposure to outside elements. Taking the time to care for your goggles after each swim will help to keep them in pristine condition for many workouts to come.

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Alex
6 months ago.
Why is my goggles not comfortable?
Dave
6 months ago.
I have nearly new goggles where the silicone eyecups have become mis-shapen and they leak. What can be done to correct that?
Ed
10 months ago.
Is it okay to wipe the outside of the goggle lens with the microfiber cloths used for glasses?
SwimOutlet
10 months ago.
Hi Ed!

Avoid rubbing the lenses with a cloth, towel, fingers or anything else, especially if they have an anti-fog coating. Rubbing the lenses can damage the coating. If your goggles are treated with an anti-fog coating, rinse them in water only. Do not allow any soap or detergent to come in contact with the lenses.
Carrie
11 months ago.
My child stuck her fingers on the inside of the goggles and the anti-fog layer was scratched/smudged. So when she looks through them they are a little blurry. Is there a recommended way to clean the inside of the goggles so she can see through them again?
SwimOutlet
11 months ago.
Hi Carrie! The solution would be to buy a new set of goggles.
Cheryl Gillespie
11 months ago.
I have a question about how to store goggles long term. I have noticed that after I have used my goggles for a few months - I then store them in their case for a few more months until I want to use them again. And, when I open the case - the outer of the mask is dried up. Is this supposed to happen when they are stored in the case?
SwimOutlet
11 months ago.
Goggles shelf life depends per usage - where it was used, how it was used, how often it was used, the surrounding temperature including the pool chemicals.

It is most likely that storing your goggles in their protective case prevents scratches and exposure to outside elements.
Peter
1 year ago.
My TYR goggles now have some mold on the silicon edges so how do I clean that off? Clear soap or baby shampoo don't so it. Hydrogen peroxide? Thx!
Swimoutlet.com
1 year ago.
You may also try this product to clean your TYR goggles https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/jaws-scrub-scouring-gel-5139/

Storing it properly will avoid the mold growth. Try to let your goggles dry as much as possible before placing them in your swim bag or towel. The leftover water residue in the goggles might cause bacteria or mold to grow, which can damage the goggles.
Rosa
2 years ago.
Amazing! My 3 years baby like to swim. I need a best goggles to safe baby eyes during swimming time safety and comfort. Thanks to share such a lovely blog. Really helpful to choose best baby swim goggles for kids. Thanks to share with us.
Swimoutlet.com
2 years ago.
Hi Rosa,

Thank you so much for the compliment! Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to let us know. Have a great day!
Mel
3 years ago.
Is there something in sunscreen that destroys the rubber gaskets? I use natural sunscreen with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. I can use the goggles about 8 times and then they leak because the gaskets are shot. Suggestions?
Swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hi Mel!
Sunscreen shouldn't cause any harm to the rubber on your goggles but chemicals in a pool can. It's always best to rinse the goggles in fresh cold water after each use to rid anything that may be on the goggles.
Steve
4 years ago.
know of any goggles that are good enough to be used for lane swimming (constant laps @ 1:40/100m) that do NOT have antifog coating? You can't clean the inside of the lenses on antifog goggles without the coating smearing and once that happens they're ruined.
swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hi Steve,

At this time we do not carry goggles without antifog coating. To prevent smearing the antifog coating we recommend only rubbing the outside of the goggle as rubbing the inside will damage the lenses.
Pierre
4 years ago.
where do i store my goggles that i dont use???cause i always keep them in a droer and i think they're starting to get ruined
swimoutlet.com
4 years ago.
Hi Pierre, After the goggles are rinsed and dry you can store them in a goggle case. We offer these cases: TYR Protective Goggle Case, Speedo Goggle Case, and Arena Goggle Case.
max
4 years ago.
goggles will smell from odor after a while.....how to clean please
swimoutlet.com
4 years ago.
Hi Max,
Many people use the baby shampoo method where you apply the shampoo to the goggles and gently rub with fingers then rinse with cold water. If your googles have the anti fog coating, then you might have to re apply the coating. If you need to purchase the coating, we offer the JAWS Quick Spit Antifog. I hope this helps!
Bas
7 years ago.
What to do when you damaged the coating on the goggle? My daughter rubbed it as you mentioned and they're blurry now. Do we have to remove the complete coating now and use the spray?
Paula
7 years ago.
do you carry protective goggle cases
Rocky
2 years ago.
TYR Protective Goggle Case, Speedo Goggle Case, and Arena Goggle Case.

Read more at: https://www.swimoutlet.com/guides/how-to-care-for-your-goggles
Denise Hurst
7 years ago.
Are there any goggles available for those with allergies or sensitive skin to rubber?
SwimOutlet.com
7 years ago.
Thank you for contacting SwimOutlet.com Customer service!

Unfortunately we do not have any goggles that are 100% rubber free. We do have the Swedish goggles that do not have any rubber gaskets, but the straps are made out of rubber.

One of our popular and highest rated from customers is our Sporti Antifog Swedish Goggle Bungee Strap. You can view that by the link below:
https://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/21093.htm?color=210

I hope this information is helpful.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact customer service by calling 1-800-691-4065 or send us an email via the link below:
https://www.swimoutlet.com/contact-us/

Have a wonderful day!

- SwimOutlet.com
Pat Prince
7 years ago.
I am trying to replace my Aquasphere Eagle goggles and can't locate them on your website. Have you discontinued these?
SwimOutlet.com
7 years ago.
Thank you for contacting SwimOutlet.com Customer service!

I sincerely apologize but we do not have any Aqua Sphere Eagle goggles. However, we do have the Aqua Sphere Eagle Dioper Lens which are prescription lenses only. You can view that by the link below:
https://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/10229.htm

I would also recommend the Sporti Antifog Plus Goggle if you do not need a prescription goggle. The Sporti Antifog Plus Goggle is one of our popular well liked pair of goggles. You can view that by the link below:
https://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/22394.htm?color=30027

I hope this information is helpful. If you have any questions please feel free to contact customer service by calling 1-800-691-4065 or send us an email via the link below:
https://www.swimoutlet.com/contact-us/

Have a wonderful day!

- SwimOutlet.com
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