Fashion trends might come and go, but sunglasses always remain among them in some form or another. Today, there are so many to choose from, in different shapes, styles and variable price ranges. The wide selection allows for a more personalised choice to be made by the shopper. Some people even spend days and months looking for the right accessory.
When you manage to find that one pair that suits you most, it is of great importance to keep it in good shape. Taking proper care of your sunglasses is an easily achievable task if you know what you are doing. This article gives advice on how to avoid making the most common mistakes, and guides you through the basics of proper care of sunglasses. The topics of protecting and cleaning your glasses are discussed in great length. You may even find some of this information familiar, but there is still lot to learn.
How to Protect Your Lenses
There are a few various methods of going about protecting your lenses. Some of these methods include protective cases to keep your sunglasses safe when they are not in use, and methods of cleaning to prevent any damage from occurring.
The truth is that no sunglasses are damage proof, and that is why proper preventative care is needed. Protective cases are the perfect solution for keeping your sunglasses safe when you are not wearing them. There are two different types of protective cases, hard cases, and soft cases.
If you do not have a protective case for your glasses, and you desire ultimate protection, selecting a hard case would be most beneficial. The hard case protects from virtually anything. Your glasses are not only be protected from water, sand, and dust, but they’ll also be safe from suffering damage by accidental sit ons and falls. Note that they work only when fully closed. If the case is not closed all the way, no amount of protection is guarantied. The only drawback of this type of case is that it is size is pretty large, which makes it impractical for carrying around. This might be less of a problem for women since they carry a purse with them most of the time, but the case is not something you can stuff in your pockets.
Soft cases take up less room but offer less protection too. This sort of case protects your glasses well from water, sand and dust, but only offers limited to no protection from mechanical damage. The soft cases prevent the lenses from being scratched, so if you are cautious enough to always leave your glasses on a safe spot, one of these models might work well. They are quite practical as they take up less space. When you are using your sunglasses they can easily be folded and carried in your pockets.
Both types of cases have designs that come with belt rings which allow you to carry your sunglasses around your waist. It might not be the most fashionable solution, but it surely works.
Taking Proper Care Of The Lense
The lenses are the most fragile parts of the sunglasses. No matter how good you protect your sunglasses, the lenses unavoidably become dirty and oily. That is why it is of great importance to know how to do proper cleaning of your sunglasses.
What to Avoid
The greatest mistake that most people make is to rub the lenses with a piece of their clothing in an attempt to clean them. This method is both ineffective and possibly damaging. Even the most soft materials like a cotton cannot do a good job. Some materials might feel soft to the touch, and still be pretty harmful to the lenses. Wool for example, does not have a particular rough feel but is a very unwise choice to use for wiping your sunglasses. Clothing might even contain a small portion of synthetic fibre that are generally the worst material you can use in lense cleaning.
Cleaning Methods To Try
There are a few different cleaning methods that one can use to clean the lenses of sunglasses. With trial and error, the right cleaning method can be discovered.
The best way to clean your sunglasses is with a microfibre cloth specially designed for that use. Sometimes they come in a package deal with your glasses and a protective case. They are also easily found in any store that deals with sunglasses or regular eyeglasses. The cloth is very smooth and it is perfect for wiping off dust from your glasses. Have in mind that the cloth needs to be clean in order to be effective. A dirty cloth only rubs on more dust and leave spots on your lenses. To take proper care of the cloth, make sure it is not exposed to dust by keeping it in a sealed container when it is not used. The protective casing is the best place to store it since it goes everywhere along with your sunglasses. When the cloth starts to feel oily and dirty, hand wash it with soap. After being washed a few times the microfibre cloth might become a bit rough, so consider replacing it with a new one.
Soap and Water
If gently rubbing the lenses with a microfibre cloth does not remove all the dirt, it does not mean that a more aggressive approach should be taken. A little water and some dish soap can do wonders. There is no need to buy special cleaning liquids when the conventional ones give great results.
Apply some water and dish soap on your sunglasses and leave them on for a minute or two. Do not use too much dish soap, because it takes more time to wash it off, and it does not affect the results. Carefully rub the glasses with the microfibre cloth and then rinse them in water. This technique removes all those more stubborn stains and wash all oils and grease off them. Never use any detergents other than dish soap. Some cleaning supplies contain acid and abrasive substances that can damage your glaces. Also, some of them are more toxic and should not be used to clean anything that comes in direct contact with the skin, especially in sensitive areas such as the face.
Old Fashioned Water
If this technique does not help or you are not sure if you wish to use dish soap on your glasses, you can just submerge them in a glass of water and leave them for half an hour. Longer exposure to water dissolves all dirt and oils, but this should not be done with laminated glasses because the water can enter the area between the layers of the lenses and separate them. The non-laminated injection polarised lenses are more durable and this method can be used without any worries.
Commercial Cleaning Supplies
There are commercial cleaning products offered on the market designed especially for cleaning glasses in general. They come in small vials or as pre moistened cloths. Both types give good results but they are a bit pricy for accessories you can do without. The pre moistened cloths are very practical because they commonly come in individually wrapped packages. That way you can keep one in your wallet and forget about the microfibre cloth altogether. Their only drawback is that they can dry out if kept for a long time.
Taking Proper Care Of The Frame
The frame used on the more expensive sunglasses is built to last so it can withstand many years of misuse, that there are not even that many issues with taking care of the frame. They are less sensitive than the lenses and can be easily cleaned without any fear of damaging them.
Their only weakness are the contact screws. These are the tiny screws you see on the edges of the sunglasses that can come loose with time. This can become a greater problem if one gets too loose, and falls out, which causes the sunglasses to disassemble.
Avoid exposing your sunglasses to excessive heat or saltwater. They can both be very harmful. All frames are made of plastic, metal or the combination of the two. Plastic is more sensitive to heat and most metals do not agree well with salt water. Limited exposure might not do any harm, but prolonged exposure is not recommended.
Find Related Products On eBay
All the protective equipment and accessories mentioned in this article can be found on eBay. There is no specific category that unites them all so some clever navigation within the search bar is required. Using the search you’ll find a great number of protective cases for sunglasses. There are many different designs and colours to choose from. Searching for a protective case might return even some package deals. The tiny screwdriver can also be found on eBay. It may come as an item in a glasses repair kit. A tiny screwdriver is perfect to help with repairs on your sunglasses. You can also find it as a keychain and carry it always with your keys. There are also a great deal of commercial cleaning supplies and microfibre cloths that can both be found via eBay. You can easily find a microfibre cloth with the logo of your favourite football team or a designer brand, if that suits your fancy.
When it comes to taking care of sunglasses, there is not much to it at all. The main focus is always on proper care of the lenses by keeping them clean and scratch free. It is important to remember that clothing should not be used to wipe the lenses as it might scratch the surface. The microfiber cloth is ideal for that job, but it needs to be kept clean to achieve good results. For the more challenging stains, water and dish soap can be applied to remove them.
There are commercial products sold on the market that do the same job, but the results by both methods is the same. The frames also require attention and care to properly be maintained. If the screws on the sunglasses start to get loose, use a small screwdriver to tighten them. Also salt water and excessive heat can have a damaging effect on the frame. With the proper care you can greatly prolong the life of your sunglasses.