If your preferred fashion style is boho-chic, swap out your boring plastic-framed sunglasses for rustic-yet-luxurious wood versions instead. These glasses are made out of a variety of woods, including rosewood, maple, walnut, oak, and modenia. Some are constructed of sustainable woods, such as bamboo, so they're not only fashionable, they're good for the environmental as well.
Sunglasses with wooden frames, which will complement a variety of outfit styles, are typically treated with a natural coating, such as beeswax or extra-virgin olive oil, to give them an attractive shine and to protect them from the elements. The coatings not only impart the sunglasses with a semi-gloss finish, they can also lighten up a dark wood grain and make the shades water-resistant.
While the waxes and oils help protect the sunglasses frames, you'll need to take a few precautions to keep the accessories looking and preforming their best. Since they're made from an all-natural material rather than durable plastic, wooden sunglasses may require a little extra TLC.
Here are some tips for caring for your sunglasses:
1. As wooden sunglasses may be more delicate than their plastic counterparts, avoid storing them in your pocket or hooked onto your shirt. Also, always place them in a protective sunglasses holder before putting them in your purse or laptop bag to prevent keys, pens, and other items from scratching them. At home, store the glasses in a protected place, such as a drawer or cabinet.
2. Avoid using any type of lens cleaner when you have wooden sunglasses, as the chemicals can penetrate the wood and discolor it. Instead, gently rub the lenses with a soft, clean microfiber cloth, which will remove fingerprints and dust. If you get food or something sticky on the lenses or frames, you can wipe them down with a soft cloth moistened with a bit of plain water. Although the frames are treated with a waterproof oil, avoid saturating them. Wipe the glasses down with a dry, non-abrasive cloth.
3. Restore the sunglasses' luster by applying more wax or oil to the wood. Over time, the original coating may wear off, so rub the frames down with a little beeswax, cocoa butter, or extra-virgin olive oil.
4. Don't wear your sunglasses on your head, which could stretch the wood frame out and cause them not to fit correctly. Also, the added strain on the glasses' hinges could cause the wood to even crack over time.
For more information, contact companies like Woodroze.