Watches are often used daily and quickly lose their shine to dirt and oils from skin, lotions, and other products. Knowing how to clean your watch will keep the dirt to a minimum and prevent any unwanted odors.
Even if your watch is water resistant, you will want to remove the band to ensure no damage is done to the watch itself. This cleaning method is safe for most types of watchbands.
Here is what you’ll need to get the job done:
- Mild dish detergent
- Small bowl
- Jewelry brush or baby toothbrush (make sure it has soft bristles)
- Soft lint-free cloths
- White vinegar (for leather watches)
- Rubbing alcohol (optional, do not use on gold watch bands)
Begin by removing the band/bracelet from the watch. If you are unable to remove it, be very careful not to get the watch wet as it can damage it permanently.
Next, fill the small bowl about half full with water and add a small amount of mild dish detergent. If your bands are leather, instead of dish detergent, add a small amount of white vinegar to the water.
Then, place the watchbands in the solution and allow it to soak. For light build-up a few minutes should be sufficient. For heavier build-up you may want to leave it soak for a few hours.
Next, use the soft cloth or soft brush to gently wash away dirt. Be careful not to scratch the surface when you are removing the dirt. Rinse by running under clean water or wipe with a clean, damp cloth.
Dry thoroughly with a lint-free cloth and let air-dry if necessary. You do not want any moisture to remain in the bands or mildew could develop leaving you with a new problem.
Reattach the watch component and gently wipe off the front and back of the watch with a slightly damp cloth. Then, dry with a soft cloth and it’s ready for use.
- If you don’t have a jewelry brush, an eyebrow brush will work as long as the bristles are soft. Using any brush with stiff bristles can scratch the surface.
- Cleaning the bands of your watch each night after taking it off will lessen the frequency of deep cleanings.
- Avoid using any abrasive cleaners on your watch as they cause scratches.
- If your piece is a family heirloom or a valuable, delicate piece, you may want to have a professional jeweler clean it.
Should you have any additional questions about this or any other jewellery related topics, you can always: “Ask the Jeweller”