How to Clean Your Watch

Posted on September 24 2019

How to Clean Your Watch

So, you care enough about your watch to actually look up the proper way to clean it. Good for you!

There's plenty of people out there that will wear their watch day in, day out  without contemplating a quick clean (facepalm).

That luxury accessory you cared enough to scrimp and save to buy continues to amass bacteria on a daily basis no matter if your a clean freak that carries a mini tub of hand sanitiser around to keep your hands clean after every human interaction throughout the day.

For those of you in denial about the need to clean your timepiece have a quick read of this article. It may make you think twice about continuing to read on.

Not pretty is it? Luckily for you we've broken down the way to clean your watch in an easy 6 step process.

However, reader beware! There are two important considerations before you skip to Step 1. They are;

  • Water Resistance - If your watch isn't water-resistant at all, do not skip forward to step 1. (I hope you didn't skip this part and go straight to Step 1.) In the case of no water resistance, simply wipe the watch with a soft, dry cloth. Luckily all Able & Co watches are 30 metres water resistant so if your cleaning one of our timepieces and already skipped to step 1, no harm done!
  • Band Material - If your watch band is interchangeable, remove the watch case from the band and wash each part separately. Each Able & Co watch has interchangeable straps so we recommend cleaning the watch in two seperate pieces (the dial and the straps). Make sure you choose the right cleaning method for your band type. You will want to treat a mesh band different to a leather band to ensure product integrity and longevity.

Able & Co's 6 step process to cleaning your watch:

Step 1.  Wipe it down

(No brainer Karen) Start by wiping down the watch strap and dial with a soft cloth to remove initial layers of dirt, dust or grime. This could be a dry cleaning cloth used to wipe down kitchen benches but it's important that the material is lint free to keep the dial clear of any small pieces of material. 

Step 2. Prepare a warm dish of water

Get out  a small dish and add some luke warm water and some mild dish soap. Ensure you are only adding a couple of drops of dish soap to the bowl. This will help with removing any grease or dirt from the dial.

Step 3. Wipe down your watch case

Wipe down the watch case. Use a damp cloth to remove any grime or grease present on your watch face. A clean toothbrush can also help but be mindful of how much pressure you apply, as a heavy hand can cause unwanted scratches.

Step 4. Rinsing

Rinse off any residue. Use the same tool chosen for Step 3 to ensure you're not exposing your watch to more water than it can handle.

Step 5. Drying

Dry with a microfiber cloth. Microfiber won't scratch and will give your watch a nice shine, too.

Step 6. Cleaning the band

If your band is made with metal or mesh, you can use the same mild dish soap and warm water you used for the face.

Leather bands cannot be exposed to moisture. Just wipe those down with a soft, dry cloth.

For specialty materials, consult your manufacturer's instructions or your jeweler.

Fine watches are built to last a lifetime - if not multiple generations' worth. But the key to a watch's longevity is how well it's cared for. Clean yours regularly and take it to your jeweler for a check-up every so often, too.

One last tip, spray glass cleaner on a soft cloth, and wipe down the watch face, case and bracelet to refresh the shine.

Any other tips on cleaning your watches? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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