Not everyone thinks about cleaning their watch. However, it is essential to clean your watch to keep it in good condition and retain its shine. In contact with the skin, more or less often, the timepiece can quickly become dirty, between perspiration, dust, soapy water from the shower, etc.
Here are our step-by-step tips for maintaining your WATCH and cleaning it simply and efficiently.
The basic equipment to clean your watch
- A soft toothbrush (it must be dry and clean) or a watch brush
- A clean microfiber cloth
- A few toothpicks
- Antibacterial wipes
The different stages of cleaning your watch
Determine the type of watch
Watches can be categorized as water-resistant, water-resistant to a specific depth, or non-water-resistant. It’s important to know the water resistance rating of your watch before proceeding with any cleaning method. If your watch is not water-resistant, you should avoid using water directly on the watch.
Examine the watch
Before you start cleaning, it is important to thoroughly inspect your timepiece. If you have a magnifying glass, it can allow you to better see every detail to better gauge the condition of the object. Pay special attention to the glass rim, crown, and other small parts. Check any areas that may allow moisture to enter.
Take off the bracelet
Whether steel, leather, or fabric, it is always best to remove the bracelet if possible. This will allow you to properly clean the watch, including inside the lugs, where a lot of dirt collects. To do this, you will need to use a tool called a pump hunter. Once the bracelet is removed, set it aside to focus on the structure to be washed.
Wipe the watch with a wipe
Take care to pass the wipe in all corners, on the front and back of the watch. This step will then allow you to better distinguish any damage and more encrusted dirt.
The cleaning in detail
For dirt that wouldn’t have been removed with the wipe, it’s time to bring the toothpick into play. Not directly on the watch, of course! Cut off the tip, then wrap the small stick in a cloth to very gently scrape off more stubborn dirt. We insist on “delicate”, because it would not scratch the surface of the watch.
Wipe with the microfiber cloth
Once all the dirt is removed, gently rub your watch with the microfiber cloth, in all corners so that no residue remains.
Cleaning the bracelet
For a steel/rubber bracelet, start by immersing the bracelet in warm soapy water for a few seconds ( for the bracelet only, you can also use an ultrasonic cleaner). Then use the soft toothbrush, and carefully rub over the entire surface. Rinse well, then dry with the microfiber cloth.
For a leather strap: pass a soft brush dampened with a little soap then rub gently (inside and outside) emphasizing the seams. Then rinse with clear water (soaked brush, no direct contact with water) then let dry naturally. Be careful not to put it on a radiator or near any other heat source.
All that remains is to reassemble the bracelet on the timepiece and you’re done!
If you have any doubts about the possible risks that a “house” cleaning of your watch could present, for example, if it is a vintage model, it is better to take it directly to a professional.
Some additional tips to clean your watch
- Never open the case to clean and especially do not try to attack the face of the watch. Leave this task to an expert.
- Be careful not to wet the watch, especially if it is not waterproof.
- Take the time to remove the worn watch and wipe it with a soft cloth. This minor daily maintenance will slow down the accumulation of dirt.
- Avoid wearing your watch when you shower, wash your hands, or sweat as much as possible.
- For the longer life of your watch, you should have it checked every 3 to 4 years, especially if it is waterproof, to check the seals’ condition.
- Even if your timepiece is waterproof, remember to rinse it after swimming in the sea or a swimming pool. The idea is not to wear it during this kind of activity.
- Beware of stains that cosmetics, perfumes, or chemicals can cause.
Remember to consult the manufacturer’s instructions or seek professional advice if you have any concerns about cleaning your specific watch model.
Regular cleaning will not only keep your watch looking its best but also help prolong its lifespan. Enjoy your clean and well-maintained timepiece!
Faqs about the cleaning of a watch.
- Q: Can I clean any type of watch using these methods? A: The cleaning methods mentioned are generally suitable for most watches, but it’s important to consider the water resistance rating of your watch. Non-water-resistant watches require alternative cleaning techniques to avoid damage.
- Q: How often should I clean my watch? A: The frequency of cleaning depends on factors such as how often you wear your watch and the environmental conditions it’s exposed to. As a general guideline, cleaning your watch every few months or when it appears dirty is recommended.
- Q: Can I use any soap to clean my watch? A: It’s best to use mild soaps like dish soap or hand soap that don’t contain harsh chemicals. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or solvents that may damage the watch’s materials.
- Q: Is it safe to rinse a water-resistant watch under running water? A: Yes, water-resistant watches can generally be rinsed under running water. However, it’s important to be cautious around the watch’s buttons and crown to prevent water from entering the case.
- Q: Can I use a toothbrush with firm bristles to clean my watch? A: It’s recommended to use a toothbrush with soft bristles to prevent scratching the watch’s surfaces. Firm bristles can potentially damage delicate parts or scratch the watch’s finish.
- Q: Can I clean my watch band separately? A: Yes, if your watch has a removable band, it’s good practice to clean it separately from the watch case. This allows for a thorough cleaning and ensures the band remains in good condition.
- Q: Should I polish my watch case after cleaning? A: Polishing the watch case is optional and depends on personal preference. If your watch case is made of stainless steel or another metal, you can use a specialized metal polish or polishing cloth to restore its shine. Follow the instructions provided with the polish and use gentle pressure.