How to… De-Mist your Mask.
There is absolutely nothing worse than getting into the water only to have your mask fog up on you all the time, here are a few tips and tricks to help you prevent this horrible thing from happening to you
Find yourself a clean, or preferably new sponge. Used ones have all sorts of grime and grease from washing dishes etc. Using ordinary dishwashing liquid and hot water, wash the mask. Be very thorough, wash the strap, the skirt inside and out, and both sides of the lens. Do this for a few minutes. When you think that you have done it enough, rinse the sponge and the mask thoroughly and then repeat the process another 2 times!
You might think this is excessive, but, have you ever noticed how grease spreads and gets everywhere? Well if there is any grease, oils or release agents still on your mask, it will find its way into the lens.
This step is an odd one…but it works. It’s good old toothpaste. Now that your mask is super clean, rub some toothpaste on the inside lenses. Use toothpaste without granules in it, otherwise you might land up scratching the inside of the lenses.
Be sure to clean your mask well after rinsing the toothpaste off as spearmint and your eyes are not friends.
All you need to do now, is the tried and tested spit in the mask with a light rinse just before you jump in the water and you shouldn’t have a problem.
Now that your mask is clean and not misting up, it does not mean that it will stay this way. Any oils, greases etc will cause your mask to mist up all over again. Here are some tips that will help keep your vision clear in the long run.
- After handling fish, especially oily ones, don’t touch the inside of your mask with your gloves. Take your gloves off and using a clean hand rub spit into your mask.
- Watch out for sunblocks that wash off in water, not only will they mess up the inside of your mask, they will burn your eyes too.
- Wash off your mask after every dive with the mild soap, or wetsuit wash. Your skin has natural oils which can cause problems