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Shades of Success: Tips on Keeping Your Sunglasses Shiny and Scratch-Free

Clean Sunglasses
Clean Sunglasses

Sunglasses are more than just a fashion statement – they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and keep you looking sharp. But like any other accessory, they need a little TLC to stay in tip-top shape. Here are some easy tips on how to clean and care for your sunglasses:

Cleaning Do's:

  • Wash your hands: This might seem obvious, but starting with clean hands helps prevent dirt and oil transfer from your fingers to the lenses.

  • Lukewarm water is your friend: Run your sunglasses under lukewarm tap water to loosen dirt and debris. Avoid hot water, which can damage some lens coatings.

  • Mild dish soap for the win: A drop of gentle dish soap can help remove stubborn grime. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly afterwards.

  • Microfiber magic: When drying, use a clean, lint-free microfiber cloth. These cloths are specifically designed for cleaning delicate surfaces without scratching.

  • Targeted cleaning: For hard-to-reach areas around the frame, you can use a soft toothbrush with a little dish soap.

Cleaning Don'ts:

  • Paper products are a no-no: Paper towels, tissues, and even your shirt can leave scratches on the lenses.

  • Harsh chemicals are out: Avoid using window cleaners, ammonia, alcohol, or other harsh chemicals, as they can damage the lenses and frames.

  • Don't forget the hard water: If you have hard water at home, consider using distilled water for rinsing your sunglasses to avoid mineral residue buildup.

  • Heat is the enemy: Never leave your sunglasses in a hot car or on the beach towel. Heat can warp the frames and damage the lenses.

Caring for Your Sunglasses:

  • Storage matters: Invest in a sturdy sunglasses case to protect your shades from scratches and crushing.

  • Don't perch them on your head: This can stretch out the temples over time and cause the sunglasses to lose their shape.

  • Be gentle: Avoid putting unnecessary pressure on the frames when putting on or taking off your sunglasses.

By following these simple tips, you can keep your sunglasses clean, clear, and looking their best for years to come.

Bonus Tip:  For an extra layer of protection, consider getting a professional cleaning at Tahlequah Family Vision Clinic. They often have specialized cleaning solutions and equipment to ensure your sunglasses are sparkling clean.

So go forth, shine bright, and keep those shades looking sharp!

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