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How to clean the apple watch band?

by Worryfree Gadgets on December 11, 2022

Apple Watch bands are available in various materials, such as leather, wood, silicone, and stainless steel. Whatever the material, the bands need to be cleaned from time to time to avoid getting dirty. Cleaning methods vary according to the material.

Here are the things you might require while cleaning your Apple Watch band:

  • Non-abrasive, lint-free cloth
  • Lukewarm water
  • Cotton swabs
  • Liquid soap
  • Stainless-steel polish
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Soft-bristle toothbrush

Step 1: Remove the band.
Remove the band from your watch to avoid damaging it during cleaning. To remove the band, gently slide it.

Step 2: Examine the material and clean it accordingly.
The cleaning process of your Apple Watch entirely depends on its material. Listed below are some specific watch bands and their respective cleaning processes:


Apple Watch Bands Made of Silicone

Apple watch bands made of silicone are waterproof and easy to clean. You may use warm water and liquid soap to clean such bands. Avoid using harsh cleaning agents that may damage the protective coating.

Apple Watch Bands with Braided Loops

The dirt quickly gets lodged in the band weaving due to the texture of the braided-loop designs. These bands, unlike woven nylon, are water-resistant. Consider scrubbing the band gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Then, rinse it in room-temperature water and allow it to air dry.

Apple Watch Bands Made of Wood

Wooden watch bands should be wiped with a damp cloth and quickly dried in the open air. Wood will deform or crack if exposed to water for an extended time.

Apple Watch Bands Made of Nylon

You can use a wet cloth to clean Apple watches with nylon bands. Nylon absorbs water, so avoid washing it or cleaning it under running water. Allow it to dry completely before reattaching the band to the watch. If water stays in the band, it might begin to smell.

Apple Watch Bands made of Stainless Steel

Certain Apple watch bands are made of 316L stainless steel. Apple recommends wiping the band with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth. If this does not remove stains or smudges, consider other cleaning methods that will not harm the band. Try using a cloth and warm, soapy water. To avoid rusting, thoroughly dry the band. Harsh cleaning agents may degrade the protective coating and change the band's color.

To clean an Apple watch band made of stainless steel, follow these steps:

  1. Use a solution of water and vinegar.
  2. With a cotton swab, apply the solution and gently rub away stains.
  3. Use a high-quality metal polish designed for jewelry to improve shine and help remove scratches.

Wipe clean all other bands, buckles, and closures with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth. Read the manufacturer's care and handling instructions carefully before cleaning the bands.

Cleaning our Apple Watch band is a must because it is continuously exposed to soap, dirt, and sweat. Cleaning your Apple Watch band extends your device's life and reduces the risk of skin irritation.

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