It's an all too familiar story. You wear your sunnies out but forget to bring its pouch. Eventually, when you've grown tired of wearing it for the day, you're left with no choice but to stow it in your bag, along with your keys, coin purse, and other belongings. Sometimes, you might even forget it's inside your bag. And before you know it, you're favorite pair has been scratched and ruined.
But before you give up on your pair and throw it to the trash bin, you may want to consider these options first in an attempt to salvage your sunglasses. Below are four easy DIY ways to help you remove those scratches. Read on!
IMAGE Gab Gutierrez
1. Baking Soda
What to do: Make a paste with two parts baking soda and one part water. Dab a cotton ball onto the paste and rub it on the lens in a circular motion for about 10 seconds. Rinse with cool water and then wipe with a lint-free cloth. Repeat if necessary.
What to do: Squeeze a pea size amount of a non-abrasive, non-minty, non-gel, and non-whitening toothpaste on a cotton ball and apply it on the scratched surface in a circular motion. Rinse, wipe, and repeat if necessary.
3. Petroleum Jelly
What to do: Clean the glasses thoroughly before applying a thin coat of jelly on the lens using a clean microfiber cloth. The idea is to fill in the scratch with an oily substance so rub it in for about 10 seconds in a circular motion. Inspect the lens before doing the whole process again.
4. Silver Polish
What to do: Dab some of the silver polish on a cotton ball and rub it around the scratched surface. Wipe the excess polish using a lint-free cloth and inspect the lens. Repeat the process if necessary.
Finally, a word of caution, ladies: before jumping in, it is also important that you know what kind of material your sunnies are made of. They're usually made with either plastic or glass lenses. The latter is less prone to scratches but, depending on the severity of the scratch, glass lenses mostly need professional help when it needs fixing. However, you must also take into account the coating of the lens. Most lenses are polarized and too light that scratches only affect this layer, not the actual lens surface. This makes the scratch easier to fix using the methods mentioned above.