Sunglasses put up with a fair bit of wear and tear during the summer months, meaning regular maintenance is crucial if you’ve spent a few quid on them and plan on wearing them again next year.
But when your shades happen to have got scratched, bent or squashed for whatever reason, here’s our easy-to-follow guide to help you fix those problems for yourself.
There’s a good chance that once one of those tiny screws has fallen out of your sunglasses that you’ll never find it again. If that’s the case then check with an optician as they will be able to provide spares. But if you need an instant fix then you can try pushing a thin piece of wire or stretched out staple into the screw hole and wrapping it around the inside frame. Finally, use a pair of pliers to twist the two wire ends together to keep it in place. Avoid trying to close the frames until you replace the tiny screw.
This can happen to all sunglasses, regardless of whether they’re premium or budget. It’s often the result of putting the sunglasses on your head when not wearing them, but the effects can be rectified very easily. All you need to do is to heat up the arms in a bowl of boiling hot water for a couple of minutes so that they become soft. Then gently reshape them with your finger tips so that they fit snug again. The key here is to be as gentle as possible when reshaping the arms to avoid snapping them.
If your lenses are made of glass, as opposed to plastic, then you lift minor surface scratches by rubbing them with a pea-size amount of non-abrasive white tooth paste. Work the paste into the scratch with a gentle, circular motion and then remove excess with a dry microfibre cloth.
However, if your lenses are of the plastic variety then, firstly, clean the lenses with a small amount of washing up liquid and water. Remove any excess moisture with a microfibre cloth and inspect. If the scratches are still visible then try rubbing on a small amount of petroleum jelly or furniture polish and buff with a microfibre cloth. Repeat until evidence of scratch has gone.