How to Clean a Cloth & Leather Watchband


While cleaning the glass and metal parts of a watch usually just involves carefully wiping these parts with appropriate polishing agents, removing the dirt from a watchband can be a bit trickier. Watchbands can consist of a range of materials, which means there's really no absolute method for cleaning; instead, your method depends upon the watchband material. For a leather and cloth watchband, you will use a combination of strategies.

Things You'll Need

  • Warm water
  • Small bowl
  • 2 tbsp. detergent
  • Old toothbrush
  • Saddle soap
  • Damp cloth
  • Leather conditioner
  • FiIl a small bowl with warm water. Add 2 tbsp. clothing detergent and mix thoroughly with your old toothbrush.

  • Tap the droplets off the old toothbrush and scrub the cloth parts of the watchband. Scrub intensely, removing the trapped dirt and sweat. The dirt should come out in a thick lather. Keep dipping the toothbrush in the mixture and scrub until this happens.

  • Rinse the toothbrush in clean water. Rinse off the canvas of the watchband, applying small amounts of clean water via the toothbrush, until there is no discernible soapy residue on the watchband.

  • Take a small bar of saddle soap and rub it vigorously against the leather part of the watchband, creating a thick lather. Rinse off the saddle soap with a damp cloth.

  • Add a dot of leather conditioner to the watchband, approximately the size of half a dime. Rub it in with your fingers and let it soak into the leather before wearing the watch again.

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