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How to Clean & Take Care of Your Glasses

Now that you’re fresh af, let’s keep things clean. The next step after choosing your pair of Quays is all about care and keeping them A1 from Day 1. Scratches, scuffs, broken arms­—thanks, but no. We’ll show you how to up the lifespan of your sunnies and blue light glasses, from proper wiping techniques to protective measures and more. Ultimately, the Quay to preserving your high-quality sunnies just boils down to the proper tools and methods­… and fighting the urge to use your top as a lens wipe, no matter how sheer or petal-soft it may be.

How to Clean Glasses

Cleaning your specs should be easy, right? Most definitely—with the right technique. It doesn’t require a ton of effort, just a bit of mindfulness and a brief snapshot of what not to do in order to avoid knicks or warped lenses.

Let's start by repeating the biggest no-no: using your clothing (or a tissue, for that matter) as a lens cleaner. It’s tempting, yes, and the only available option if you aren’t prepared. But the wrong fabric just swishes oils around, exaggerating smears or—even worse—debris bits that scratch your brand new Quays. We also advise against using household cleaners that aren’t designated for glasses, as they can damage your specs. 

Just keep it short and simple with some rub-a-dub essentials: mild soap and water. You can have immaculately clean lenses in four easy steps: 

  1. Run a stream of warm water down your glasses. The keyword here is warm since scalding water can damage your lenses.
  2. Add a drop of soap to each side of the lenses, then gently rub it all over your frames. This will help you coat the hard-to-reach spots, such as nose pads, which can become a trap for skin oils.
  3. Thoroughly rinse the soap off your specs.
  4. Gently dry your glasses with a microfiber cloth. It’s that easy!

When you’re out and about, the best tools for cleaning your Quays are a microfiber cloth and lens cleaner. Quay's Tri Fold Cleaning Kit contains the basics for easy grab + go maintenance: a microfiber cloth, mini screwdriver, cleaning spray, and hardshell glasses case. From there, keeping your lenses tidy and protect will become second nature. Simply spray your lenses on the front and back with the cleanser, wipe away the dirt and grease with the microfiber cloth, and keep your Quays case-side when they aren’t in use. 

How to Keep Your Quays on the Chains

Glasses chains work double duty. They keep your glasses within arm’s reach, plus they enhance your fit. Quay's trend-setting chains come with detachable custom grips and clasps that easily hold your glasses in place. This way, you’ll avoiding misplacing your Quays or losing them to fierce winds on that staff boat outing. With styles for every face shape and fashion statement, chains will keep your specs on hand (and on deck) at all times. 

Wait, did we say double duty? Make that triple duty. If you’re giving your Quays a break from the chain, put it to use as a mask holder or an accessory by looping it around your neck or wrist. Our chains come in different colours and prints, from metallic to animal print. Here’s an even better idea: keep two chains (or should we say 2 Chainz?) with you at all times.

How to Pick Out the Perfect Case

Chains or not, the right cases + organizers are non-negotiables. They keep your Quay sunnies and blue light specs safe, pristine, and protected. Although Quay shades include free cases, we created a variety of other options to elevate your steez. They’re easy to forget but crucial for lens care, especially if you’re wondering how to prevent scratches on your glasses or avoid crushing your Quays when you’re playing hard (and hardly working). 

A quick tip: place your lenses flush against the case, which feature a luxe velvet lining for scratch-free sunnies. The case also comes in a trifold option, with a collapsible outer shell to keep your precious Quays in mint condition. Got multiple sunnies for every month of summer? No problem. Grab a two-piece or four-piece fold-up case to securely store your Quays and choose a pattern or colour that fits your mood all day, every day. Take the time to shop Quay's cases and chains and keep your sunnies intact and on point—then get out there and do you.

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education is quay scholarship


This is why we partnered with Saweetie this past April when we launched our second Education is Quay Scholarship Program. We received thousands of entries, and due to the unprecedented number of essay applications (and incredible videos submitted), we decided to award money to even more winners.

$120,000 USD to help fuel the dreams of 12 scholars because we believe your vision has the power to change the world.

Our 12 winners wrote an essay on how the money would help fuel (and further) their education. Then semi-finalists were asked to create a video on what self-expression means to them. Meet our scholars and see some of what they had to say:


    The ability to express myself has allowed me to cultivate this experience and transform into the confident warrior that I am today.

        HEIDI T.

        I would use this scholarship towards gaining additional knowledge and experience aimed at advancing healthcare accessibility and quality of care through courses at my university as I complete my biochemistry degree.

            VIENNA S.

            self-expression is key to my well-being. It's the way I tell the story of who I am, how I feel and what I believe.

                LILIANA G


                I aspire to earn my Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Neuroscience and earn my Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Social Psychology before I turn 26. I yearn to investigate how group behavior and human cognition influence public policy.

                    GABRIEL S.

                    Self-expression is like the soul's fingerprint. It is in the way that we speak, the way that we dress, it is even in the way that we move.

                        FEBIE L.

                        Anyone who is willing to dedicate their life to nurturing another life should have every opportunity to do so. I wish to educate myself on assisted reproductive technologies that help couples overcome infertility.

                            KEANU C.

                            Possessing a selfless attitude, good problem-solving skills, good communication skills, and commitment to patient advocacy are all the things that have led me to choose nursing.

                                ENRICO D.

                                One day, I stared at myself in the mirror, told myself I was enough, and burst into tears. I am my own person. I am valid... I’m loving myself, living in the moment, and embracing love and support from people who offer it.

                                    MAE J.

                                    I plan to someday go beyond advocating, learning, and researching; I’m determined to become a clinical psychologist who provides direct support to individuals who struggle with mental health issues.

                                        LAIBA Z.

                                        I believe that people shouldn't have to hide themselves to blend in with the crowd. I finally gained the confidence to not let the opinions of others stop me from expressing myself.

                                            VANESSA S.

                                            My self-expression is constructed by little dots of my cultural experiences that have created the person that I am today.

                                                MYRA J.

                                                I will graduate with my Bachelors at the age of 19 due to my persistence in high school and I have begun my Master’s degree program. I also started a company named “Mexituras” to help bring awareness to Artisans in Mexico who make $1 for every hour worked.


                                                  SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA

                                                  • Must be located in the US, District of Columbia, Australia, New Zealand 
                                                  • Must be at least 16 years old at the time of application  
                                                  • Applicant's educational goals have a clearly defined purpose + mission, plus a specific use for the funds as explained in your application  
                                                  • Applicants must attend or plan to attend a two-year or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school


                                                  • April 14th Scholarship open for applications
                                                  • June 9th Scholarship application period ends 
                                                  • July 1st  Semi-finalists are notified + given their video prompt 
                                                  • July 15th Final due date for video entries 
                                                  • On or around August 2nd Recipients will be notified + announced

                                                  SELECTION PROCESS

                                                  • First-round written submissions are reviewed + semi-finalists will be invited to a second round, where they will create a one-minute video submission. The Quay team will review the group of finalists from the second round to select final winners.  
                                                  • Twelve (12) winners will each receive $10,000 USD for a total of $100,000 USD in scholarships. All fifty (50) semi-finalists will also receive merchandise gift cards, redeemable for one (1) pair of sunnies or blue light glasses ($85 value).

                                                  EVALUATION CRITERIA

                                                  Semi-finalists Answers will be evaluated in the following proportions: use of funds (20%), writing ability (20%), creativity (20%), originality (20%), and overall excellence (20%).

                                                  Finalists Answers will be evaluated in the following proportions: answers video prompt question (25%), creativity (25%), originality (25%), and overall excellence (25%)

                                                  WRITTEN APPLICATION QUESTIONS

                                                  • Full name  
                                                  • Email  
                                                  • Phone number 
                                                  • Physical address, including country 
                                                  • Anticipated high school graduation date 
                                                  • Birth date  
                                                  • Annual household income 
                                                  • Ethnicity  
                                                  • Essay 1 (250 words or less): What are your educational goals, and how would you use this scholarship to support those goals?  
                                                  • Essay 2 (250 words or less): Self-expression is a core value at Quay. What does self-expression mean to you? 

                                                  Submissions are now closed, and the winners have been notified. Thank you to everyone who participated.

                                                  Have more questions? Contact quayscholarship@educationdynamics.com

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                                                  EDUCATION IS QUAY

                                                  We believe that knowledge is power, and we’re putting our money where our mouth is by giving ten members of the Quay Squad the opportunity to win a $10k scholarship to support their educational goals and fuel their dreams. Self-expression is at the core of everything we do, so we want to hear how you express yourself. Self-expression doesn’t always mean being the loudest or most flamboyant, it means embracing every side of yourself—so show us what you’ve got.

                                                  Education is Quay

                                                  Scholarship Criteria 

                                                  • US, Australia, New Zealand 
                                                  • Must be at least 16 years old at time of application 
                                                  • Applicant’s educational goals have a clear and defined purpose and mission and a specific use for the funds as explained in the application 

                                                  Evaluation Criteria

                                                  • Use of funds (20%)
                                                  • Writing ability (20%)
                                                  • Creativity (20%)
                                                  • Originality (20%)
                                                  • Overall excellence (20%)


                                                  • August 15th - Scholarship open for applications, marketing begins 
                                                  • October 4th - Scholarship application period ends 
                                                  • October 16th - Semi-finalists are notified + given their video prompt 
                                                  • October 31st  - Final due date for video entries 
                                                  • November 16th - Recipients are notified + announced  

                                                  Selection Process 

                                                  • First round written submissions will be reviewed and semi-finalists will be invited to a second round, where they will create a one-minute video submission. A group of finalists from round two will be reviewed by the Quay Australia internal leadership to select final winners.  

                                                  ENTER NOW: THE SCHOLARSHIP ENTRY PERIOD HAS CLOSED. 

                                                  *Thank you for your submissions, all recipients of the scholarship have been notified.



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