Do you know how to care for your sunglasses in a way that will keep them looking sharp, new, and as fashionable as the day you bought them?
Once you've checked out the most popular sunglasses styles and feel like you've nailed your style, the last thing you want to do is carelessly damage your sunglasses or subject them to rough treatment. A good pair of men's sunglasses or women's sunglasses can protect your eyes and keep you looking good for many seasons.
With this in mind, we’ve put together some tips that will help you know how to take care of your sunglasses and enjoy them for years to come. Be sure to come by and check out our pop up shops to look at the top sunglasses trends for fall 2017.
Have Them Adjusted
It’s not at all uncommon for people to have their eyeglasses adjusted to perfectly fit their faces, but for some reason, many of these same people never even think to have their sunglasses adjusted.
Everyone’s face is slightly asymmetrical, even though we don’t usually notice the differences, and small tweaks of the hinges can make a big difference in comfort. Adjusting your sunglasses to fit your unique face shape will not only make them uniquely yours, but they’ll be less likely to slip or fall off.
Use a Protective Case
In our experience, the number one cause of damage to sunglasses is failure to use a protective case. It’s so easy to just drop your sunglasses in your bag, but there are other hard objects in there (like keys and loose change) that can scratch and dent your shades.
Yes, it takes a little extra time to slip your sunglasses into their protective case before you drop them in your bag, but you’ll be rewarded in the long run for taking the time to do so. If you just don’t have room in your bag for a protective case, at least wrap your sunglasses in a microfiber cleaning cloth before stashing them.
Don’t Wear Them On Your Head
It’s natural to just push your sunglasses up on top of your head when you step out of the sun and into a building, but there are several reasons why you shouldn’t do this.
First, certain styles of sunglasses are especially prone to getting caught on hair. Vili with the Bar, in particular, due to their wire nosepieces, can end up yanking your hair when you pull your sunglasses back down, and this motion has bent or broken the bridges of too many pairs of glasses.
Second, depending on the shape of your head, wearing your sunglasses up on your head can stretch out the earpieces. Over time, this stretching gradually loosens them, and they'll be more likely to slip off when you bend over or look down.
Wash Them Often
Dirt, dust, and smudges are hard on sunglasses. They can damage your lenses if you don't take care to remove these blemishes frequently. That’s why it’s important to wash your glasses often. If you wear them every day, consider rinsing your glasses in water at the end of the day and allowing them to air dry. If you don’t have time to allow them to air dry, use a soft, clean, lint-free cloth to dry them. Most important, never use paper towels, napkins, or tissues on your lenses. These paper-based materials have textured surfaces, and they can scratch your lenses. Instead, make sure you use a cleaning cloth for your sunglasses.
Use the Right Cleaners
If your sunglasses are dirty enough that they require a cleaner, make sure you use the right kinds of cleaners. Windex and other household glass cleaners can damage your sunglasses because they contain ammonia, which actually tears off the lenses’ coatings.
Instead, use a spray or cleanser designed specifically for cleaning eyeglass lenses. This will help you clean your sunglasses without damaging any of the coatings or finishes.
For more information about how to take care of your Tabulae sunglasses, contact us or check out our store if you want to buy sunglasses online. We’re happy to answer your questions, help you with adjustments, and make sure you’re wearing the best sunglasses NYC has to offer.