Your eyeglasses may be as beautiful as the day you bought them, but if your nose pads begin to yellow, or even better, they accumulate green dirt underneath, they become unsightly as people get closer from you. What can you do to solve this problem? Is there anything you can do to clean the yellow nose pads on your glasses?
Why nose pads turn yellow
The nose pads are made of clear plastic. They are constantly in contact with your skin and under the plastic, the skin often sweats. Sweat, over time, causes the nasal pads to yellow. On average, it takes about a year for the nose pads in your glasses to turn yellow and you probably want your glasses to last more than a year, especially if you pay a lot for designer eyeglass frames.
between the acidity of sweat and the metal mounts can lead to a greenish build up on the nasal pads. This buildup also contains dirt and grime on your skin. It is unsightly and also very hygienic if you do not think about it.
Can we clean?
The answer to the question of whether nasal pads can be cleaned is yes and no. You can not do much for yellowed nasal pads. Unfortunately, once the nasal pad has turned yellow, it is permanent. However, green dirt and grime under the nasal pad can be cleaned.
For this, use a swab soaked in alcohol. Push the alcohol pad between the nasal pad and the frame and let some of the alcohol flow over the nasal pads. Then rinse it with water.
If that does not work, use a soft-bristled toothbrush, preferably the size of a child, and rub the nasal pads. You can even remove them if you want to clean them really, but make sure to keep an eye on the screws if you do, because they are tiny.
Some people who wear glasses claim that soaking them for one hour in soap The water then the rinse will remove the dirt accumulated under the nasal pads. Again, this is not going to help with the yellowed plastic, but if you have an accumulation, it is worth it to try.
Consider the alternative
If you have jaundiced nasal pads, you have another alternative. The replacement of nasal pads is actually quite affordable. You can pick up a nose pad repair kit at a pharmacy or at your optometrist, but make sure you have your glasses with you because there are different types and you will need good ones.
To make the replacement, start by arranging your supplies on a light colored towel. This will prevent small pieces from slipping off the table. Then use a jeweler's screwdriver to remove the old pads. Once they are off, use alcohol swabs to clean the frames near where they connect to the nasal pads. You want to eliminate all residues before putting the new buffers.
Once the glasses are clean, install them with the jeweler's screwdriver. Do it gently because it is very easy to damage these delicate pieces. If you feel resistance when trying to screw in the new screw, remove it and try again.
When finished, place clear nail polish or white glue on the screw heads. That way, they will not end up coming out, but you can remove them with your screwdriver if you need them later. Do not use strong glues as this will make it difficult to remove the nasal pads that are also yellowing. When you're done, you'll get glasses as beautiful as the day you bought them, and you'll pay very little for the revamped look.