How To Properly Clean Your Apple Watch Bands

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Easy Ways to Clean Your Apple Watch Bands So They Always Look and Feel Brand New

Apple watch bands and straps that accentuate your style and individuality are awesome accessories to have around. But making sure that they’re clean and ready to use when you need them can be another story altogether. Learn easy ways to maintain your watch bands and straps based on their specific material.

What Apple Recommends

When it comes to their official watch bands and straps, Apple first recommends that you clean and dry them with non-abrasive lint-free cloth and warm water. As much as possible, avoid using soap or other cleaning chemicals. Seventy percent (70%) isopropyl alcohol wipes or Clorox disinfecting wipes may be gently and lightly applied on sport or metal bands, but never on fabric or leather bands. After cleaning, the band or strap should be air-dried overnight before reattaching it to your Apple Watch.

Apple’s recommendation is more of a traditional cleaning technique, though you’ll want to follow a more tailored approach of removing oil and dirt from your band or strap based on the material.

Leather Bands

Watch bands made of leather may be the trickiest to clean. Any form of moisture can stain the leather, which can cause it to become brittle, lose its shape, change its color, and break down over time. Leather bands are also most susceptible to damage under direct sunlight, humidity, or fluctuating temperatures.

Keeping it away from heat and humidity is a good start. To deal with the inevitable build-up of sweat, dry it immediately with a clean towel. You may also apply a leather cleaner or conditioner before wiping it clean with soft cloth, then let it air dry overnight if possible.

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Metal Bands

Stainless steel watch bands are highly prized for its professional and elegant look. While dirt buildup shouldn’t be a problem, its reflective quality may deteriorate with skin products like hand creams.

Because of its delicateness, metal bands are best cleaned by simply wiping it with a smooth, damp cloth. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to scrub off the grub, because cleaning agents will react with metal and degrade its color and coating. Washing it with water may not be a good idea either, as droplets may gradually alter its look.

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Silicone Bands

This type of band is the most resistant and the easiest to clean since it’s waterproof. Mix a bit of dishwashing detergent and warm water, then dip the band or strap for a few minutes. Afterwards, remove the band and gently scrub the silicon with a soft-bristled brush.

Just make sure not to tamper with the band’s printed details. If the band has embossed or debossed designs, use a cuticle stick and cotton to scour the tiny edges. Lastly, rinse with clean water and pat dry with a microfiber cloth.

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Nylon Bands

Similar to the waterproof silicon, this synthetic material is fairly easy to clean. However, since nylon is often woven, dirt may settle in hard-to-reach crevices and will require extra care and attention. To start, soak the strap in a mixture of warm water and gentle soap for about three minutes. Remove any grime with a soft brush,  then quickly submerge the band for the last time. Pat dry with a soft cloth.

Now that you know how to keep your Apple watch band and strap maintain its optimum quality, you can go out in style worry-free. Whether you are heading to work or going to exercise in your go-to fitness gym, your day is covered and your Apple Watch band remains sleek and clean.

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How To Properly Clean Your Apple Watch Bands

 

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