How to Clean a Face Shield Properly

In this article, I will be discussing how to clean a face shield properly. Face shields are an important piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) and it is important to know how to clean them properly. I will be providing step-by-step instructions on how to clean a face shield, as well as some tips on how to keep your face shield clean.

The Importance of Cleaning Your Face Shield

Face shields are an important piece of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). They help protect the wearer’s face from splashes, droplets, and airborne particles. Face shields are also used in conjunction with other PPE, such as masks and eye protection. It is important to clean and disinfect face shields after each use. This will help prevent the spread of infection or injury from dangerous chemicals.

The Right Way to Clean Your Face Shield

Cleaning your face shield is critical to maintaining its clear view and preventing the growth of bacteria and other germs. Here’s how to do it the right way:

What you will need:

  • Mild dish soap
  • Warm water
  • Clean, lint-free cloths
  • Vinegar (optional)

Here are some tips on how to clean a face shield:

  1. Start by removing any dirt or debris from the surface of the shield with a soft, clean cloth;
  2. Next, disinfect the shield with a mild soap solution or disinfectant wipes;
  3. Be sure to rinse the shield thoroughly with clean water to remove any residual cleaner;
  4. Finally, dry the shield completely with a soft, clean cloth.

The Wrong Way to Clean Your Face Shield

Cleaning your face shield is important, but you need to do it the right way. If you don’t, you could end up causing more harm than good.

Here’s what you should avoid doing when cleaning your face shield:

  • Don’t use alcohol-based cleaners: Cleaners that contain alcohol can damage the plastic and degrade the quality of the face shield.
  • Don’t use bleach: Bleach is a harsh chemical that can damage plastic and cause it to become brittle over time.
  • Don’t use household cleaners: Many household cleaners contain chemicals that can damage the face shield.

How to Store Your Face Shield

When not in use, face shields should be stored in a clean, dry location away from direct sunlight. Store them in a durable container or bag to keep them clean and protected from damage. If you have more than one face shield, store them so that the straps and headbands do not become tangled.

FAQs about cleaning face shields

Q: How often should I clean my face shield?
A: You should clean your face shield after each use.

Q: What is the best way to clean my face shield?
A: You can clean your face shield with soap and water or alcohol-based disinfectant wipes.

Q: How can I disinfect my face shield?
A: You can disinfect your face shield by wiping it down with alcohol-based disinfectant wipes.


It is important to clean your face shield regularly to ensure that it is effective at protecting you from exposure to harmful contaminants. There are a few different ways to clean your face shield, but the most important thing is to use gentle dish soap and warm water. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, as these can damage the protective coating on your face shield.

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James Sylvester
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James S. Sylvester is an experienced OSHA Safety Supervisor with years of experience in the construction and oil & gas industries. He focuses on workplace safety, occupational health and safety systems. Learn more about James' here or connect with him on Twitter