Did you know that even cheap sunglasses can last a long time with the right care? Here are some tips to keep your glasses in their best condition! Cleaning: Most of us just grab the nearest cloth to us (probably a shirt) to clean off our glasses, but what happens is that even with the softest shirt, the fibers are leaving microscopic scratched on the lenses! Ever use your breath? You're just moving dirt from one side to the other. Look for an eye wear liquid cleaner or a very mild dish soap with no added lotions. First, run your glasses under warm water to rinse off the dirt and dust. Use cleaner or soap and gently work it into the cracks and crevices of your glasses, then rinse it off again. Be sure to dry them immediately with a lint free or microfiber cloth. Lens Repair: Many small issues with sunglasses can be repaired relatively easily, a few tricks are all you need to make your glasses new again! There are quite a few ways that you can polish or fill in scratches to make them less visible... Try toothpaste for example! Take the most simple white toothpaste (no polishing grains, no whitening properties, not minty, and not gel) and use a cotton ball to apply to your scratched lens. Rub in the toothpaste in a circular motion for 10 to 15 seconds and then rinse off with cold water. If it doesn't quite fill it the first time, repeat several more times until the scratch is gone If you can't find plain toothpaste, baking soda can be used as well. Make a paste with one part water and two parts baking soda. Like the toothpaste, use a cotton ball to apply the baking soda paste to the lens in a circular motion. Rinse and repeat if necessary. Frame Repair: Unless your frame broke in half, there is probably a good change it can be fixed. Invest in a small glasses repair kit-they usually come with screwdrivers, extra screws, and pins in multiple sizes. This will come in handy if a screw comes loose or disappears! If you need to adjust the arms, the kind of material matters. If your glasses have metal arms, take some pliers and take a soft cloth to protect while bending. As long as the frames sit level on a table, you're good to go! If your glasses are plastic, it'll take a little more work and some heat- however, doing it yourself could potentially ruin your frames. Take your plastic frames to an eye wear professional to see if they can be fixed. Invest in a good case for you reading glasses or sunglasses, it'll help prolong the life of your glasses. Eyewear displays or boxes are also useful if you have many pairs to store (or show off), these boxes are multipurpose and can be used to store anything! We have both available in our online store www.edgeiwear.com.