Jewelry Care & Maintenance

How to Properly Clean Your Watch

By Dustin Lemick
February 16th, 2021

Learning how to clean your watch is essential to ensuring its longevity and sleek, stylish look. Maintaining your watch’s cleanliness can help prevent unwanted smells, dirt, and grime. Just like how you wash your clothes once a week or take a shower after every workout, your watch needs the same attention especially if you wear it every single day. Let’s take a look at how to properly clean your watch.

Routine Cleaning and Upkeep

If you’ve just purchased your watch and it doesn’t require a deep clean, then you can maintain your watch every day to keep it in tip-top shape. You’ll want to perform a maintenance cleaning every few days because dirt and grime can slowly accrue from wearing your watch daily. Every few days, you can use a soft cloth to dust the watch. Gently twist the crown to see that it’s sealed tight so that nothing can get into the watch’s gears. During this time, inspect the watch to check for any buildups of dirt, oil, scratches, grime, etc., so you can properly clean your watch before the issue worsens.

How to Deep Clean Your Watch

If your watch needs cleaning, then you can follow these steps to ensure it comes out perfect.

  • If you’re comfortably able to, use a spring bar tool to remove the bracelet or strap from the watch. Doing this will provide access to the parts that are the hardest to clean. Place the bracelet in a bowl of warm, soapy water and let it soak.
  • Get a pack of antibacterial wipes/eco-friendly sanitary wipes. Use one wipe to gently wipe all parts of the watch to catch any dirt or buildup. Do this for about a minute and inspect the watch for more stubborn dirt buildup.
  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush or a toothpick to get the stubborn dirt. If you use a toothpick, make sure to cut off the sharp edge and wrap it in the wipe to prevent scratches. Gently scrub away at the stubborn dirt areas.
  • For the last step, you can use a microfiber cloth to absorb any remaining moisture. Take out the bracelet part of your watch from the cleaning solution and brush it clean with a soft-bristle toothbrush to remove any dirt or grime. Lay the bracelet on a paper towel, and tap it lightly to shake off any water. Then use a microfiber cloth to dry it clean.

Learning how to clean your watch is necessary to make sure it lasts for a long time. If your watch requires a deep cleaning due to grime you cannot remove or you discover other unsightly imperfections, such as scratches, take it to a professional jewelry cleaner to handle the task for you to avoid any accidental damage. At BriteCo, we offer our clients A+ rated jewelry and watch insurance so that you can always look your best without worry. Click ‘Check Our Price’ to get an instant quote today.

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About the Author

Dustin Lemick is the Founder and CEO of BriteCo and a third-generation jeweler with over thirteen years of retail jewelry experience. He holds a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and has in-depth knowledge and expertise in appraisal systems, diamond and gemstone markets, retail pricing models, insurance replacement models, and jewelry quotation pricing systems.
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