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How do I stop goggles from fogging up?


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    Many goggles and protective eye wear are equipped with a thin layer of anti-fog protection. Some higher cost products also include dual thermal lenses in addition to anti-fog coating. Anti-fog is made up of components that absorb water and spread them across the surface of the lens. When it's working properly, this layer of anti-fog will prevent condensation from forming into water droplets large enough to see. Even goggles with built-in anti-fog protection can still experience the consequences of condensation. The thin layer of protection on your goggle lens is not permanent. Over time, it will degrade, and you will likely notice your previously fog-free goggles start to get a little misty. Proper care is the first line of defense. First, never use your fingers to wipe off the inside of the lenses. Before storing them, make sure they are completely dry to prevent mildew and mold growth, and avoid using any sort of abrasive material to dry them off. You can also store them in a protective case. Second, is the application of other products, such as anti-fog spray, shampoo, shaving cream, or spit. You can spit onto each lens and shake the goggles to make sure they are evenly coated. The saliva adds a thin layer of moisture to the lenses, which deters condensation. You can also take a very small drop of shampoo and gently rub it across the surface of one lens. Repeat the process with the second lens. Then, lightly rinse the goggles off in clean water. Just don't rinse them too much, or the shampoo will come off completely. With proper care and maintenance, the anti-fog properties of your goggles can last a long time. Please add to the comments below your little tricks or products that have been successful over the years.


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