A safety shield is an essential piece of equipment in many industries. In contrast to safety glasses, face shields protect the whole face from flying objects or liquids.

For shield safety, it’s important to keep the visor in good condition. If there are scratches on your safety face shield, it can make it hard to see out. If you work in an industrial setting, this could have serious consequences.

Fortunately, we’re here to explain how to get scratches out of face shields the right way.

Prepare the Safety Shield

If you own a safety helmet with a face shield, you need to remove the visor. If you have a full face safety shield, it’s ok to leave it attached to the straps as the cleaning process won’t cause them any harm.

To prepare the shield, you first need to remove any dust or debris from the surface. If these particles are on the shield, they could cause further damage and add more scratches to the surface.

We recommend submerging the shield in warm water for a couple of minutes and adding a dish detergent to help loosen any stubborn dirt. Use a soft material such as a microfibre cloth or a sponge to lightly remove any particles.

If you feel the cloth sticking to the shield, check to make sure there aren’t any larger pieces of dirt catching on the surface.

When you’re happy the face shield is clean, turn on a tap and let the water clean off the detergent and any remaining debris. To dry the safety shield, it’s best to use another microfibre cloth or soft towel.

Removing Scratches

You don’t need any special materials to remove scratches from safety shields. In fact, you probably already have all you need in your home already.

We find the best solution is to use toothpaste. Add enough to cover the surface or your face shield, and gently use small circular motions to rub it in. Avoid the temptation to use longer strokes as you could miss areas of the shield.

Let the toothpaste work for about ten minutes, and then wash it off using warm water from a tap. If any toothpaste remains on the surface, it’s ok to use a cloth to clean the shield completely.

It’s important to remember to clean both sides of your safety face shield. Although less common, scratches can appear on the inside of the surface.

It’s not always easy to tell which side the scratch is on, so it’s best to treat both the front and the back of the shield to be sure you get the best results.

Polish to a Shine

To finish the process, you can polish your face shield for better visibility. We recommend you don’t use any solution that contains bleach or ammonia as they can leave a cloudy residue on the surface.

Instead of an abrasive wiping material, another soft cloth is ideal for polishing.

Contact Us

Safety shields are a crucial part of workplace safety. For more information on how to purchase a safety shield and how to keep it in the best condition, contact Shannon Global Energy today.