Over time, watches can become dirty and lose their shine due to oils and dirt from your skin, lotions, etc. Fortunately, you can clean the watch yourself using items you likely already have at home.
To clean your watch properly you will need a few items including:
- One small bowl
- Mild liquid dish detergent
- Jewelry brush
- Soft microfiber cloth or lint free cloth
- White vinegar
Cleaning the Watch
Before you start cleaning the watch, you will need to remove the band to make sure you do not damage the watch plate. You can remove this band using a spring bar tool, which you can purchase from most jewelry shops.
Fill a small bowl half full with warm water, and put a few drops of the mild liquid dish detergent in the water. Mix it using your fingers. If the band is leather, you need to use white vinegar instead of the liquid dish detergent. Pour a capful of vinegar into the water and mix.
Place the watch band in the water solution, and let it soak. If the band is only slightly dirty, allow it to soak for a few minutes. If it is dirtier than this, let it soak for three hours to remove all of the buildup.
Use a soft brush or a soft cloth to gently wipe the watch band to remove any remaining dirt. Make sure you do this carefully as you do not want to scratch the surface of the band while you are cleaning it.
Turn the water on at your sink, and run the band under it to rinse it, and remove the cleaning solution. You can also wipe the band with a damp cloth to rinse it, if you prefer.
Dry the Watch
Wipe the band using a lint free cloth to dry it off, and then let it completely air dry. You do not want to leave any moisture on the band or mildew could build up on it, which is harder to remove.
Reattach the watch band using the spring board tool, and then gently wipe off the back and front of the watch with a damp cloth. Dry it off with a line free cloth.
Now that you have cleaned your watch, it should look brand new again. If you wear your watch every day, you should clean it every few months to keep it looking new, and be sure to contact professionals, such as Arc Watch Works And Engraving, with any further needs.