How to Clean a Leather Watch Strap
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.
- 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.