Steps for cleaning your sunglasses
Follow these suggestions to clean your sunglasses' lenses and frames without scratching the lenses or causing other damage.
- Wash and dry your hands properly. Prior to cleaning your sunglasses, ensure that your hands are free from dirt, moisture and anything that could be transferred to your lenses. Use lotion-free soap or dishwashing liquid and a clean, lint-free towel to wipe your hands.
- Wet your sunglasses under a mild stream of lukewarm water to remove dust; this can help prevent scratching your lenses when you are cleaning them. Avoid the use of hot water as it can damage the lens coatings in some cases.
- As dishwashing liquids are usually concentrated, apply a tiny drop of it to each lens. Or, apply a drop or two, rather to your fingertip. The dishwashing liquid should be lotion-free.
- Gently wipe both sides of the lenses and all parts of the frame for a few seconds. Ensure that you clean every part, including the nose pads and the ends of the temples that rest behind your ears. Also, do not ignore cleaning the area where the edge of the lenses meet the frame, where dust and skin oils can build up.
- Wash both sides of the lenses and the frame completely. Failing to wipe out all traces of soap will cause the lenses to be stained when you dry them.
- Gently shake the sunglasses to remove most of the water from the lenses. Check the lenses carefully to make sure they are clean.
- Wipe the lenses and frame with a clean, lint-free towel. Use a dishtowel that has not been washed using a fabric softener or dryer sheet as these things can stain the lenses. A cotton towel used to clean delicate glassware is a good option. Make certain that the towel is clean. Dirt or debris trapped in the fibres of a towel can scrape your lenses, and any traces of oils or lotion in the towel will stain them.
- Inspect the lenses one more time. If any specks or smears are still there, remove them with a clean microfiber cloth; they are available at most optical shops or photography supplies stores.
- For a quick cleaning of your sunglasses when you are not carrying the above supplies, try pre-moistened disposable lens cleaning wipes, formulated particularly for use on eyeglass lenses. Don't use any alternatives.
This takes us to a significant topic: what NOT to use to clean your sunglasses?
- DO NOT use your shirttail or other similar cloth to clean your glasses, particularly when the lenses are dry. This can scratch your lenses.
- DO NOT use saliva to moisten your lenses.
- DO NOT use household glass or surface cleaners to clean your sunglasses. These products have ingredients that can harm lenses and coatings, such as anti-reflective coating.
- DO NOT use napkins, tissues or toilet paper to clean your lenses as they can scratch or stain your lenses or leave them full of lint.
- DO NOT neglect using an eyeglass cleaner approved for use on anti-reflective lenses if your lenses have an anti-reflective coating.
Once your sunglasses are scratched, they are scratched. However, some products are formulated to make the scratches look slightly less visible; although these basically waxy substances wear off easily and give mixed results, as per the location and depth of the scratches. Moreover, these products often will stain lenses that have AR coating.
Getting your sunglasses cleaned professionally
In case your lenses are in good condition, but the nose pads or other components of the frame have become difficult to keep clean, see your optician. Sometimes eyeglasses can be cleaned more properly using an ultrasonic cleaning device, while yellowing nose pads can be replaced with new ones.
Storing your sunglasses
- Use a protective storage case. The lenses can easily get scratched if you neglect to store them somewhere safe. This comprises when you take them off at bedtime.
- Always store your sunglasses in a clean eyeglasses case, and NEVER put them on a table or counter with the lenses facing down.
- In conditions where you don't have a sunglasses case handy, put your glasses upside down with the temples open, at a safe place, where they won't get knocked off a table or countertop.
- Moreover, when purchasing glasses, opt for scratch-resistant lenses and durable frames to reduce the risk of their breakage. Among such sunglasses is Droid sunglasses from Stradale, which has shock-resistant lenses fitted in a durable frame. Available in two colour combinations, these sunglasses also protect from UV rays.
Following the above suggestions is the best way to care for your sunglasses by keeping them clean and scratch-free for as long as possible.
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