The microfibre bag supplied with your Fuglies is best for quick cleans - fingerprints, skin oil and small smudges - but to keep your Fuglies looking like new, we recommended the following steps for regular cleaning:
- Rinse your sunglasses under clean running water to remove dust.
- If more persistent cleaning is required to remove smears, dirt or grime, then gently rub a small drop of mild dishwashing liquid on both sides of the lens.
- Gentle rubbing with a soft toothbrush will clean up the foam gasket, nose pads and temple tips.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Gently shake to remove most of the water.
- Dry with a lint free towel.
There are also a few don'ts when it comes to cleaning:
- Don't use the corner of your shirt or a dusty cloth - this will scratch your lenses.
- Don't use any cleaning sprays or liquids designed for use on glass or glass lenses - they contain solvents that will damage plastic lenses amd lens coatings.
- Don't use wet wipes, household cleaners, degreasers, methylated spirits or soap that contains creams or moisturisers - they will damage plastic lenses amd lens coatings.
- Don't use paper towels or tissues - these will scratch or smear your lenses, and leave them covered in lint.
- Don't leave sunblock or insect repellent on the frames or lenses for extended periods of time - these will damage the frames and lenses and should be washed off promptly after work.
How To Avoid Scratching
Yes, the majority of our glasses do come with a scratch-resistant coating on the outer lens surface, but that doesn't make the lenses scratch-proof. While they are made from toughened polycarbonate there are many things in the day-to-day environment that are harder than the lens material used - if you rub them against a brick wall they will scratch - so a certain degree of care is required and scratching will occur if that care is not exercised.
Most scratching will occur by cleaning them the wrong way - rubbing them with a dry cloth when dust is on the lens surface, or using a dusty cloth (or your shirt), will cause scratching. It's the equivalent of rubbing sandpaper across the lens surface.
Another thing that may cause scratching is putting them unprotected in your pocket, your bag, or the glovebox of the car, so use the microfibre bag that they come with whenever they are being temporarily stored.
Google will tell you that scratches can be removed from plastic lenses with car polish, toothpaste, silver cleaner, and a host of other things, but trying to remove the scratches yourself should not be attempted as it will usually just make things worse, and will also damage any coatings that we've put on the outer and inner surfaces of the lens.
Damage to lenses and/or frames can be caused by exposure to:
- Chemical substances including acetone, acids, benzene and benzoids, and solvents
- Prolonged exposure to oxybenzone or zinc-based sunscreens
- The use of solvent-based lens cleaners intended for use on glass lenses
We recommend that, to avoid damage, you promptly wash your Fuglies under clean running water, or with a mild dishwashing liquid, if they do come into contact with these substances.
While we do have a hydrophobic coating on the inside surface of our safety lenses, condensation may still become trapped behind your glasses (through rapid temperature change, high temperature/humidity, or excessive perspiration) which may result in some fogging. In this case we recommend the use of additional measures such as a few drops of baby shampoo on a soft cloth wiped on the inside of the lens, anti-fog sprays formulated for use on plastics (NOT ones for glass lenses as they contain acetone which will damage polycarbonate and acrylic lenses), or an excellent motorcycle visor anti-fog treatment called Cat Crap.
Ensuring that the lens is clean and free of any material that could scratch the lens before applying any of these is also important.
Please contact us for more information.