Watches are hardworking machines that literally work 24/7 to keep us on-track with our schedules. They deserve our care as thanks to their service. Maintenance also prolongs their life and allows them to stay as beautiful as when they were brand new. Below are some tips on how to clean a watch.
Prepare the Cleaning Materials
You’ll need to have a small bowl, some water, soft cloth, dish washing liquid, and a small toothbrush with soft bristles. You may also prepare rubbing alcohol unless you will be working on a gold band. White vinegar is an ideal cleaner for leather straps.
Cleaning the Bands
There is no such thing as 100% waterproof. Err on the side of caution and remove the bands to remove any possibility of water damage to the watch itself. Some are easier to take out than others. If the band won’t budge, then just keep it that way and take extra care so as not to let water touch the watch.
Get the bowl and add water to half the volume. Add a few drops of the dishwashing liquid. For leather watches, add a bit of white vinegar instead. Mix the contents of the bowl. Soak the bands in this solution for a few minutes if the dirt buildup is light and a few hours if it’s heavy. This will ensure that the dirt is going to come off quickly later on.
Take them out of the solution and brush the surfaces gently to remove dirt. Don’t be too hard as you may end up leaving permanent scratches. Rinse off under the faucet and wipe dry with a clean piece of cloth. Leave them to air-dry for a while and don’t place them under direct sunlight. It is important to ensure that moisture is eliminated immediately as it could cause a buildup of mold or mildew.
Once completely dry, reattach the components. Use a damp cloth to wipe off the front and back of the watch. Lastly, wipe them down again this time with a soft dry cloth. Your watch is now ready for use.
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