How to Keep Your Sunglasses for a Lifetime
Do not do this!
7 Easy Tips for Looking After Your Sunglasses
High-quality sunglasses will continue to look fantastic and protect you for decades if well cared for. Follow our 7 easy tips to keep your shades pristine…
Get the Right Cleaning Products.
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 all good opticians and bigger super-markets inexpensively. Never wipe your sunglasses with paper towels, handkerchiefs or random parts of your clothing! Doing this can grind dust, particles and fibres into your lenses and leave permanent scratches.
Get Your Technique Down.
Start with wiping the tips of the arms, working your way towards the eyes and nose pieces. The nose-bridge and nose-pads should be the last area you clean. This is because much of the natural oils or make-up tend to build up in these areas and you want to avoid spreading these further across the frames & lenses.
Carry Your Case.
Always store your sunglasses in a hard-case when on the move to prevent damage & scratches.
Use Your Head…
… Or don’t, actually…Never leave your sunglasses resting on top of your head! It is the widest part and will cause the arms or your sunglasses to stretch outwards — leaving your frames loose, misshapen & prone to slipping off your face.
We’ve all done it (us more than most in search of Insta fame)… but don't leave your sunglasses lying directly on the beach or anywhere with lots of sand & grit — this is a sure-fire way to get scratches onto the frames or lens. Likewise — jacket pockets can often contain grit, dust & keys desperate for the chance to scratch up an unsuspecting lens or two. Get a soft case to keep in your pocket or if you’re travelling light.
Rinse your shades with fresh water if they come in contact with chlorinated pool water or seawater. Salt and chemicals can remove a lens' coating if left to sink in (mirrored lenses are particularly susceptible to this). When on holiday it's a good idea to do this at the end of each day to help wash away the days' sins.
Never use household detergents or products like window and glass chemical cleaners to remove grease from your lenses or frames. They can be corrosive and can permanently damage your lenses and acetate frames by stripping away their essential coatings & colours.