8 Tips for Looking After Your Sunglasses.
Good quality, premium sunglasses will keep looking fantastic and functioning effectively for years if well cared for and kept clean. Following the below quick tips will help to make the most of your frames for years to come.
- Cleaning - The best way to clean your sunglasses and lenses is with the lens cleaning cloth provided with your frames and a liquid cleaner specifically designed for eyewear lenses. Disposable pre-moistened lens towelettes also work perfectly well and can be picked up at good opticians, optical retailers and bigger super-markets inexpensively.
- Always be sure to keep your sunglasses in the hard-case provided to prevent damage!
- As easy as it is to do, NEVER leave your sunglasses resting on top of your head! This is the widest part of your head and will cause the arms to stretch outwards, leaving your frames loose, misshapen and crooked. Everyone knows how annoying it is to have to keep pushing loose eyewear back onto their nose!
- Common-sense applies here, but don't leave your sunglasses lying directly on the beach, on rocky terrain or anywhere with lots of sand or grit. (i.e. ignore above picture). This is a sure-fire way to get scratches on the frames and lens. Jacket pockets can likewise often contain grit, dust, keys or knuckle-dusters that you ideally want to avoid coming in contact with your sunglass lenses. See 2. & carry your case!
- Wash your frames with fresh water if they come in contact with chlorinated pool water or the sea. Salt and chemicals can remove lens coating if left to soak in over time and this is particularly evident with mirrored lenses. When enjoying your frames on holiday it's good practice to do this at the end of the each day as a precaution.
- Never clean your sunglasses with paper towels, handkerchiefs or random parts of your clothing. This will potentially grind dust, particles and various fibres into your lenses and leave permanent scratches.
- Never use household detergents or products like window and glass chemical cleaners to remove grease from your lenses or frames. The latter are especially corrosive and can permanently damage your lenses by stripping away their essential coating.
- Tip for wiping your frames. When using your cleaning cloth, start by wiping the tips of arms and working towards the eyes and nose pieces. The nose-bridge and nose-pads should be the last area you wipe. This is because your face is in direct contact with the frames here and so much of the natural oils or make-up will build up in these key areas and you want to avoid spreading these further across your frames or lenses.