If cleanliness is next to Godliness we should all aspire to reach the heady heights of a deity and know how to clean your watch strap. Regardless of how clean you are, showering and changing your clothes daily there’s often an area that’s over looked until too bad to ignore anymore.
Your watch strap and your watch case is in contact with your skin throughout the day and possibly the night, and regardless of the material, steel, leather, rubber, or canvas, sweat, grease, sun lotion, skin cells and airborne dust particles are infusing with your watch strap to build up a layer of filth that you only ever notice when it starts to smell.
Rather than waiting for the inevitable, it’s best just to set aside some time and make the effort to clean your timepiece on a regular basis to avoid build up a big cleaning job.
As a preventative measure Julie Stewart, supervisor of product repair for Victorinox Swiss Army suggests a daily routine, saying. “At the end of the day, we recommend taking a couple of minutes to clean your watch before retiring it for the night, With a soft, clean cloth, wipe the inside of the band and wipe gently around the case back—this will remove excess moisture and any lotion build-up that occurred during general wear throughout the day.” Even Citizen watches point out that—thanks to the fatty acids in perspiration—sweat can rust a “stainless” band. Who knew, right?
Metal Watch Strap
So how to clean metal watch bands? If you are thinking of jewelry cleaning and watch cleaning are the same you could be surprised to learn the best option for men’s jewelry comes in the form of common dish washing soap. Its basic function is to disperse grease, while it’s low in alcohol, making it suitable for synthetic rubbers like fluoroelastomer.
*Take a bowl or anything that can hold warm soapy water and dip the strap or bracelet into the water for 15-20 seconds.
*Remove from the water and scrub between with a toothbrush managing to get in all the difficult areas between links, buckles, and eye holes.
*Dry off with a soft cloth, and repeat until you are sure the areas are clean.
Canvas Watch Strap
The process for washing the canvas watch strap is the same, but remember to leave the strap to dry before you wear it again.
Rubber Watch Strap
The rubber watch strap will also benefit from the toothbrush and soap treatment, with particular attention to the buckle and the eye holes.
Leather Watch Strap
The leather strap is a little different so how to clean leather watch bands? Special attention should be given to leather straps as the process of cleaning and drying causes leather to dry, break down, and crack, so we need to make sure the leather is cleaned and conditioned.
For this, there are professional products such as Cadillac Select Leather Lotion formulated to clean and protect. Using these products does mean you need to be careful and read the directions because you need to know the product is allergy tested to prevent any risk of a rash. It’s also important to know how the product may affect your leather strap, as you don’t want the product to change the coloring of shading, and lastly if your leather strap is unfinished leather make sure the product is designed for unfinished hides.
If on the other hand, you feel too lazy, too busy, don’t trust yourself or just don’t want to do it, you can always take it to a professional jewelry cleaner. These guys will probably use a high-tech ultrasonic cleaner to give the best result. Unless you bejeweled like Mr. T or Johnny Depp’s full pirate then you’re probably not going to invest in your own ultrasonic cleaner.
If you’re looking for the perfect Watch at the perfect price, from a trusted source, you know it can be a stressful experience, with the right help and advice, you too can find your dream timepiece. As I’m considered an expert in my field and I write for other publications like Wrist Review I know you’ll benefit from my experience and avoid the pitfalls.
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