The Proper Way to Clean Your Watches

The Proper Way to Clean Your Watches

The wristwatch is one of the most functional accessories in any wardrobe. The right timepiece alludes to the status, taste, and class of the wearer, and rounds out your style in a subtle way.

In fact, many watches will eventually become heirloom accessories for future generations. But without proper cleaning habits, a watch can quickly deteriorate or become damaged.

From digital timepieces to Shinola watches, be sure to keep it clean with these simple practices.

Caring for Shinola Watches and Beyond

Watches are beautiful and delicate accessories that should be cared for with a meticulous eye for detail. When your timepiece is not stored safely within a watch box, it should be kept in a place with no humidity or temperature extremes. This helps to keep the inner mechanisms from breaking or otherwise wearing down over time.

The Face

New watches will benefit from a touch of soapy water and gentle pressure. Gentle detergents such as dish soap can be added sparingly to a small container of warm water. Using a chamois cloth, Q-Tip, or a soft-bristle toothbrush, scrub the front facing of the watch until dirt and smudges are gone.

The Band

Different types of watch band materials require different cleaning procedures.

  • Leather: Rub with damp cloth and carefully buff with a dry towel.
  • Metal: Use a toothbrush and soapy water. Allow to air dry before wearing to prevent rust.
  • Nylon: Place into a mesh bag and simply wash with your next load of laundry.
  • Rubber: Soft bristles and soapy water will remove offending smudges with ease. Rinse off well to prevent cracking.

With some care, dedication, and a little bit of time, you can ensure that your watch will be a valuable part of your wardrobe for many years to come.

Nicholas Jansen