How Do You Clean the Valve Index on a VR Lens?

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By Ralph Torres

If you’re an avid VR user, you know how important it is to keep your VR headset clean. The Valve Index is no exception. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of cleaning the Valve Index on a VR lens.

What You’ll Need

  • Microfiber cloth or Lens cleaning wipes
  • Isopropyl alcohol or lens cleaning solution (optional)

Step 1: Remove the Face Gasket

The first step in cleaning your Valve Index is to remove the face gasket. This is the foam piece that rests against your face when wearing the headset. To remove it, gently pull it away from the headset starting from one corner and working your way around until it comes off completely.

Step 2: Clean the Lens

Once you’ve removed the face gasket, use a microfiber cloth or lens cleaning wipe to gently clean any smudges or fingerprints off of both lenses. Avoid using any harsh chemicals or rough materials as they may damage the lenses.

If there are stubborn marks that won’t come off with just a dry cloth, you can use a small amount of isopropyl alcohol or lens cleaning solution on a microfiber cloth to gently remove them.

Step 3: Clean the Face Gasket

While you have it removed, take some time to clean the face gasket. Use a damp cloth and mild soap to gently clean any dirt and oil buildup on it. Make sure to rinse thoroughly and let it air dry completely before reattaching it to your headset.

Step 4: Reattach the Face Gasket

Once both lenses are clean and dry, carefully reattach the face gasket by lining up each corner and pressing firmly until it clicks into place.

Step 5: Store Your Valve Index Properly

To prevent future buildup and keep your Valve Index clean, it’s important to store it properly. When not in use, store it in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight. You can also use a lens cover to protect the lenses from dust and scratches.


Cleaning your Valve Index on a VR lens is an important step in maintaining the quality of your VR experience. With regular cleaning and proper storage, you can ensure that your headset stays in top condition for years to come.