Besides being the most practical way to tell the time, it’s also a fashion accessory that can be worn in every situation and combined with any outfit.
When buying a high-quality watch, you’re also acquiring a something that, if well taken care of, will last a lifetime. Therefore, if you’re able to keep your watches in a good condition, you will end up having a nice collection of timeless, reliable, and extremely accurate watches.
The first step to keep your watch in an excellent condition is keeping it as clean as possible. Not only as a matter of hygiene or looking good but also to prevent dirt and dust from entering the case into the internal part of the dial or the internal mechanism.
General cleaning tips
- If your watch is not resistant to water, take a soft, dry cloth and wipe out the case and bracelet as best as you can.
- If the watch is waterproof, once a month (or depending on how often you use the watch) soak it in water with a bit of soap. The soaking should loosen some of the dirt, so after you can just dry it well with a cloth and wipe it clean.
- If the watch is water resistant, use a soft, slightly damp cloth to clean the case and bracelet, then wipe it well using a dry cloth.
Cleaning the bracelets or straps
· Metal or stainless-steel bracelets
If your watch has a metal or stainless-steel bracelet/strap, you can use a small, damp, soft sponge or toothbrush and some warm soapy water to clean it.
For more thorough cleaning, and if your watch is not water resistant, you can remove the bracelet, soak it into warm water with a little of soap for a few minutes, then wipe it with a toothbrush. Next, dry it well with a cloth.
· Leather bracelets
Leather is a type of material that requires special care. You can’t just soak it into water, or it will suffer heavy damage, but you can’t also not clean it. Although it may seem a bit difficult, cleaning a leather bracelet is not that hard and can easily be done at home.
You can use a dry or very slightly damp cloth to gently wipe the bracelet by patting it.
If the bracelet is very dirty, you can put a small amount of mild soap into the cloth and gently pat the bracelet. Next, rinse the cloth with clean water, pat the bracelet and repeat the process. If you use a damp cloth, make sure you let the bracelet air-dry before using it.
Occasionally, you can use a small amount of leather conditioner and apply it to the bracelet.
· Fabric bracelets
If your watch has a fabric bracelet, you can just remove it and place it on the washing machine with your clothes. Just make sure the water temperature isn’t too high, to avoid damaging the fabric. Alternatively, you can also soak it into water with soap, use a toothbrush to clean it, and finally rinse it with clean water.
Whatever method you use, let it air-dry before using the bracelet again.