SUNGLASS CARE

HOW TO KEEP YOUR SUNGLASSES FOR A LIFE TIME.

High-quality sunglasses will continue to look fantastic and protect you for decades if well cared for. Follow our top tips to keep your shades pristine: 

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Carry Your Case.

    Always store your sunglasses in a hard-case to prevent damage!

  4. 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.

  5. Common-sense.

    We’ve all done it… 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. Jacket pockets can likewise often contain grit, dust & keys that you want to avoid coming in contact with your sunglass lenses. See point 2!

  6. Rinse.

    Rinse your shades with fresh water if they come in contact with chlorinated pool or seawater. Salt and chemicals can remove 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.

  7. Avoid Chemicals

    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.

ABOUT CELLULOSE-ACETATE

All sunglasses in SOLBOU's collection are created with high-grade cellulose-acetate - a traditional material that is lightweight, durable and long-lasting. The inherent strength and flexibility of cellulose-acetate make it the ideal material for producing eyewear frames, as it is not only resistant to impact but adapts to the wearer's face over time -ensuring comfortability and fit for years. Added benefits are that it is naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to bacteria - therefore less likely to irritate skin - even when worn in the hottest & most humid environments.

ADJUSTING YOUR FRAMES.

Due to its unique molecular structure, cellulose-acetate reacts to high and low temperatures almost like a living organism and can move when subjected to hot or cold shifts — or just generally over time.

If you've been soaking up some sun or have visited a cold location, you may notice that your sunglasses are no longer sitting perfectly straight on your face. Do not sweat! Follow the below steps to get them back in shape:

1. Determine which arm needs to be lowered or raised by resting your frames upside down on a flat surface or by checking in a mirror how they are sitting crooked on your face.

2. Once you've worked out which way you need to adjust your frames, warm up the nose-bridge for about 60 seconds with a hairdryer.

3. Once the acetate or metal is warm and more malleable, gently twist the frames at the bridge until both arms sit flat on the level surface or straight on your face. Be sure not to overdo or force it initially - a little tweak goes a long way! Be sure to twist a little at a time until your frames are once again sitting perfectly for you.