Posted on: 6 July 2015Share
Designer eyeglasses look awesome, but the latest in name brand frames can cost a pretty penny. So it's no wonder that you want to keep your new glasses safe and sound from the slings and arrows of daily eyeglass wear. Knowing how to care for your designer eyeglasses can give them a long and largely trouble-free life. Following these fantastic tips can help keep your fashionable eyewear in great shape.
Keep Those Frames on Your Face, Not Your Head
Some people claim they have eyes in the back of their head, but no one's ever claimed to have them up top. Nevertheless, people make the mistake of stowing their eyeglasses on their heads temporarily. Even if it's just for a few moments, you'd be amazed at how much damage you could be doing to your eyewear.
Face it – the top of your head is wider than your face. Moving your glasses up there could cause the frame to stretch and deform to accommodate the suddenly odd width. It's a habit that could easily stretch your designer frame to the breaking point over time.
Keep Your Glasses Under Cover When They're Not In Use
Sunlight might be a great disinfectant, but the UV rays that accompany it can do a number on your designer frames if they're left under direct heat and sunlight. For example, leaving your glasses on your car's dashboard on a particularly hot day is a great way of condemning them to a rather short life.
A combination of UV radiation and sustained heat can easily warp and wear out the materials used to create your designer eyeglasses. To prevent this form of premature wear and tear, it's always a good idea to keep your glasses safely tucked away in a high-quality case. You should also keep your glasses away from direct heat sources, even if that means taking your glasses with you.
It's Not Just Your Lenses That Need Cleaning
With so much focus placed on keeping your lenses scratch-free, it's easy to neglect the frame itself. It's easy for gunk and other debris to find their way into the various nooks and crannies of your designer frame. In addition, your skin's own natural oils can slowly but surely break down the frame's finish. To keep this from happening, you'll want to give your designer frame a good cleaning along with your lenses.
In most cases, all you'll need is some mild dishwashing soap, warm water and a soft cloth. Carefully wash the frame and ear pieces and then use the soft cloth to dry everything off. If you see large amounts of gunk in and around the nose pad area, you can use a soft toothbrush to brush away the excess gunk or carefully pick it out with a toothpick.
The last thing you'll want to do is expose the frames to harsh cleaning chemicals such as bleach. Doing so could not only turn your frame a different color, but it can also cause long-term damage to the frame itself.
Tackle Potential Problems Early and Often
Proactive maintenance is a must when it comes to keeping your designer eye wear in excellent condition. After all, you expect your considerable investment to last for quite some time. When minor problems appear, such as a loose hinge screw or a minor misalignment issue, you'll want to have these problems tackled as soon as possible to prevent major problems from taking hold.
There's no word on exactly how often you should check your glasses, so it's up to you to decide. Whether you check your glasses on a weekly basis or prefer to check them at least once a month, inspecting your eyewear on a regular basis is especially important for longevity's sake.