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How to Clean a Leather Watch Strap

How to Clean a Leather Watch Strap

How to Clean a Leather Watch Strap
Watches complete your wardrobe and keep you prompt. The right watch can completely transform an outfit by adding class, elegance, and style. Leather watches go well with practically every outfit selection and can be dressy or casual. Keeping your watchband clean will not only help your timepiece look its best, it can also ensure that the watch and watch straps maintain their value.

You should clean your leather watch strap regularly. Clean watchbands promptly after a hike, a day at the races, or a vacation. Dust, dirt, and sweat can collect on leather watch straps easily and cause stains, odors, and wear and tear. These tips will help you keep your leather watchband clean and looking great.
How to Clean a Leather Watch Strap
Cleaning Leather Watch Straps: Things You’ll Need
  • Two cotton cloths
  • Hand soap
  • Leather conditioner
  • Saddle soap
  • Leather oil


Wipe Watch Band with a Dry Cloth

Moisture is easily trapped between a leather watch band and your skin. It is important to wipe moisture and dirt from your strap regularly. Wiping the leather before cleaning it more thoroughly will ensure that dirt will not scratch it when you are scrubbing. A soft cotton cloth or microfiber jewelry cloth is great for wiping a leather watch band.


Scrub Watch Band with Soap and Water

Pat down the watch strap with a damp cloth. Avoid using a wet cloth or immersing the leather in water. Put a small dab of mild, moisturizing hand soap on the cloth and scrub the watch band on both sides. Rinse and dampen the cloth with clean water and wipe the watch band clean. Dry the watch band thoroughly. Make sure to allow the strap to air dry before wearing the watch.


Condition Watch Band with Leather Conditioner

Leather conditioner keeps leather moist, which can prolong the life of a watch band and keep it shiny and soft. You can buy affordable professional leather conditioner in a variety of sizes. Follow the instructions on the package when using leather conditioner.

Cleaning Unfinished Leather Watchbands
Some leather watchbands are made with unfinished leather. Unfinished leather should be cleaned with saddle soap instead of hand soap. Condition unfinished leather watchbands with oil, such as mink oil or a leather preservative.