How to clean Apple Watch bands

Is your watch strap starting to look a little grubby? Don’t worry, it’s inevitable. The watch may be a resilient piece of technology, but if you’re wearing it 24/7 – for both work and play – it’s bound to get dirty sooner or later. Here we take a look at some of the best ways to clean an apple watch band, including simple yet effective techniques – that won’t cause any damage.


What does Apple recommend?

Apple’s advice on how to clean an apple watch band is very conservative. Essentially, they suggest wiping it clean with a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth, that has been slightly dampened with fresh water. The same technique should be used for all band styles and materials – and, before re-attaching it to the watch, they recommend leaving the apple watch strap to air-dry overnight.

This is, no doubt, the ‘safest’ technique to avoid accidental damage. But sometimes, here at applewatchstrap.co.uk, we find it simply isn’t enough to do the job. A range of other cleaning techniques are often needed to get rid of stubborn dirt and grime – and the best one for you will depend on which material your apple watch strap is made from.

Silicone Bands

This is probably the easiest type of apple watch band to clean. Start by adding a small drop of washing-up liquid to the band and gently massage it into the surface. Once the entire band is covered, you can rinse it off with warm water and wipe away residue with a microfibre cloth.

Magic erasers are another great option. Available in most supermarkets, these are just a small white sponge made from melamine foam. Soak the sponge with a little water and you can use it to clean the apple watch strap, paying special attention to key areas, such as the pins and lug holes.

Metal Bands

Many luxury bands are made from stainless steel, which makes them quite tricky to clean. Certain cleaning agents will react with the metal and degrade its coating. Washing with water can even be problematic, as small droplets are likely to get trapped in the intricate design of the strap.

As such, we recommend keeping it simple. Just wipe the band with a smooth, damp cloth and, for particularly grubby sections, gently scrub the surface with a soft-bristle toothbrush.

Rubber Bands

If made from rubber, it’s possible to clean your apple watch band using baking soda. Put one tablespoon into a bowl and gradually add water until it becomes a paste. Apply this paste to the band – so that it covers its entire surface – and leave it to sit for around 10-15 minutes.

Not only will this help to remove everyday grime, but it’s also an effective method to get rid of stains and odours. Just rinse away the paste and, we guarantee, it will look as good as new.

Leather Bands

Did you know, leather isn’t waterproof?  If you tried to clean a leather watch strap with water, it would either lose its shape or colour. As such, we recommend using a leather cleaner or conditioner instead. Simply place a small amount of the cleaner on a nonabrasive cloth and rub it into the band in a circular motion. Then, once the entire surface has been cleaned, buff away the residue.

It’s also important to note that leather apple watch bands should never be stored (or dried) in direct sunlight, high temperatures, or humidity – as this can lead to cracks.


Contact Apple Watch Straps today

Need further guidance on how to clean apple watch bands? We know all the best cleaning techniques and our team are always happy to help. Either give us a call on 0333 323 2772 or send an email to customerservice@applewatchstrap.co.uk, and we’ll get back to you with some handy tips.

Alternatively, if the dirt and grime are refusing to budge – and it’s time to invest in a new band – why not browse our online collection? We have a diverse range to choose from, including a variety of leather, metal, rubber and silicone straps to suit all tastes. These are available for a competitive price and could be exactly what you need to clean up your Apple Watch and give it a fresh, new look.


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