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Sunglasses care 101: Tips for cleaning and upkeep

Sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory – they're essential for protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays and reducing glare. However, to keep your sunnies looking good and performing at their best, proper care and maintenance are crucial. In this blog, we'll dive into sunglasses care 101, offering tips for cleaning and maintaining your favourite pair of sunglasses (..errr Sunbrays).

Understanding the importance of sunglasses care

Before we delve into cleaning and maintenance tips, let's take a moment to understand why caring for your sunglasses is so important. 

Proper maintenance not only helps preserve the integrity of your sunglasses but also ensures optimal vision and protection for your eyes. By following these simple care guidelines, you can prolong the lifespan of your sunglasses and keep them looking as good as new for years to come.

Cleaning your sunglasses

1. Use a gentle cleaning solution

Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that can damage your lenses. Instead, opt for a mild soap or specialised eyewear cleaning solution.

2. Use a microfibre cloth

When cleaning your lenses, always use a soft, lint-free microfibre cloth to prevent scratching. Gently wipe the lenses in a circular motion, starting from the centre and moving outward.

3. Avoid paper towels or tissues

Paper towels and tissues may contain rough fibres that can scratch your lenses. Stick to microfibre cloths for safe and effective cleaning. This will aid your sunglasses care.

3. Rinse with water 

Before cleaning your lenses, rinse them under lukewarm water to remove any debris or dust. This will help prevent scratching during the cleaning process.

4. Dry thoroughly

After cleaning your lenses, be sure to dry them thoroughly with a clean microfibre cloth to prevent water spots or streaks.

Maintaining your sunglasses

1. Store properly 

When not in use, always store your sunglasses in a protective case to prevent scratches, damage, or loss. Avoid leaving them exposed to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures (which I know sounds crazy considering they are 'sun' glasses). Please, please don't just put your sunglasses straight into a bag or handbag without a case, protective pouch or sleeve! This is the reason why Sunbray was born in the first place, as my wife used to do this ALL the time!

2. Handle with care

Handle your sunglasses with care, avoiding excessive bending or twisting that can damage the frames or lenses. When not wearing them, fold the arms gently to prevent misalignment.

3. Regular inspections 

Periodically inspect your sunglasses for signs of damage, such as loose screws, warped frames, or scratched lenses. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.

4. Avoid exposure to harsh conditions

Avoid exposing your sunglasses to harsh conditions such as extreme heat, humidity, or saltwater, as these can damage the frames or degrade the lens coatings.

5. Replace as needed 

Over time, sunglasses may experience wear and tear, necessitating replacement. If your sunglasses are showing signs of damage or deterioration, it may be time to invest in a new pair for optimal vision and protection. However, if you do all the above and take care of them, they should last you a very long time.

Additional tips for your sunglasses care

1. Avoid placing on top of your head

Did you know that placing your sunglasses on top of your head can stretch out the frames and compromise the fit. Just be mindful of this and limit the amount of times you do this as much as possible to help maintain the integrity of your sunnies.

2. Clean regularly

Make a habit of cleaning your sunglasses regularly to remove dirt, oil, and debris that can accumulate over time. This will not only keep them looking their best but also ensure clear vision and optimal performance, helping you with your sunglasses care.

3. Use a protective coating

Consider investing in a protective coating for your lenses to minimise scratching and smudging. This additional layer of protection can prolong the lifespan of your sunglasses and enhance their durability.

Make them last as long as possible

In conclusion, proper care and maintenance are essential for preserving the integrity and performance and longevity of your sunglasses.

By following these simple tips for cleaning and maintenance, you can keep your sunnies looking good and performing at their best for years to come. 

Remember to handle your sunglasses with care, store them properly, and address any issues promptly to ensure optimal vision and protection for your eyes. With sunglasses care 101, you'll be well-equipped to keep your favourite pair of sunnies in the best possible condition, ready to take on whatever adventures come your way.

For our full range of polarised sunglasses check them all out on our store.

The Author: Robin

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