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How to clean your luxury watch at home

How to Clean Your Luxury Watch at Home: A Step-by-Step Guide

Luxury watches are not just fashionable accessories but are also valuable investments requiring timely maintenance and care. While professional servicing is always advisable for intricate cleaning tasks, you can also practice a routine cleaning at home to retain your watch’s pristine look. In this article, we will guide you on how to clean your luxury watch at home. We will also discuss the products you can use, waterproofing considerations, and other essential points to remember.

Things you need to clean your watch at home

Before you get started with the watch cleaning process, there are some essential tools and accessories you will need to buy. To make things easier for you, we have elaborated on all the necessary things you will need to clean a luxury watch at home:

  • Soft microfiber cloth
  • Watch cleaning solution or mild soap
  • Watch cleaning brush
  • Distilled water
  • Waterproof container

Soft microfiber cloth

A microfiber cloth is the primary requirement for cleaning watches at home. Due to the nature of this cloth, the cleaning and polishing process can be gentle on the watch’s surface. You can easily remove fingerprints and smudges on your watch using a microfiber cloth.

Watch cleaning solution or mild soap

You can easily remove fingerprints and smudges on your watch using a microfiber cloth. Preferably use one that is recommended by your watch dealer or the manufacturer of the watch.

Subsequently, you can also use mild soap in the cleaning process. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals, which may harm the watch’s surface.

Watch cleaning brush

A dedicated watch cleaning brush can gently scrub hard-to-reach areas of the watch, like the case crevices and the bracelet links. You can also use a soft-bristled brush to avoid scratches while cleaning the watch.

Distilled water

Make sure to specifically use distilled water for rinsing the watch. Using this will prevent any potential mineral deposits or impurities on the watch that may be present in tap water.

Waterproof container

You can thoroughly clean your watch inside a small waterproof container with water and drops of watch cleaning solution. For this, you must first ensure that your watch is fully waterproof.

Watch cleaning microfiber

Prep up for the cleaning process

Now that you know the requirements for cleaning your watch, you must know of some necessary precautions to take before cleaning your watch.

  • Check your watch’s water resistance measure
  • Remove the watch bracelet [If possible only]

Check your watch’s water resistance measure

Before you go ahead and clean your watch with water and watch cleaning solution, you must ensure that your watch is water-resistant. You must also ensure that its crown is securely locked to prevent any water from entering the case.

Refer to your watch’s user manual or consult a professional if unsure about its water-resistance measure.

Remove the watch bracelet [If possible only]

If your luxury watch has an easily removable or detachable bracelet or strap, remove it from the case before cleaning. What this does is that it allows you to clean the bracelet separately and access hard-to-reach areas of the case.

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Steps to cleaning your watch at home

Having provided you with all the pro tips on things to consider before cleaning your watch, here are the steps to cleaning the watch on your own.

  1. Dip the microfiber cloth
  2. Gently wipe the watch case
  3. Clean the strap/bracelet of the watch
  4. Rinse the watch and bracelet with distilled water

Dip the microfiber cloth

Dampen a soft microfiber cloth with a small amount of watch cleaning solution or mild soap. Make sure that the cloth is not excessively wet.

Gently wipe the watch case

Gently start wiping the watch case, including the sides, front and back, using the dampened cloth. Pay attention to the areas of the watch where dirt, fingerprints, or grime may accumulate more often.

Clean the strap/bracelet of the watch

If your watch has a metal bracelet or strap, use a watch cleaning brush or a soft toothbrush to clean between the links or crevices. Dip the brush in the cleaning solution and gently brush through the bracelet to remove any hard debris.

For fabric or leather straps, avoid using excessive water to reduce damage. Instead, focus on wiping them with a damp microfiber cloth.

Rinse the watch and bracelet with distilled water

Once you have thoroughly cleaned the watch case and bracelet, rinse them with distilled water to remove any soap residue. After this, using a fresh microfiber cloth, dry the watch properly.

How to clean your luxury watch

Polishing and finishing touches to your watch

After cleaning the watch bracelet and case thoroughly, you can then proceed with polishing the watch and adding the finishing touches. It is an important part of the watch care routine. Hence, here are some important tips you must follow:

  • Polish the watch using a microfiber cloth.
  • Reattach the bracelet or strap securely.
  • If your watch is waterproof, ensure that the crown is securely locked.

Some additional tips to note while cleaning your watch at home

It’s always good to be fully well-versed with the process before you delve into it. Hence, we have provided some additional tips related to watch cleaning at home.

  • Avoid using excessive force during the process.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines or instructions provided by the dealer.
  • Follow periodic and timely maintenance of your watch to retain its condition.

Luxury watch cleaning: An essential part of maintaining quality and longevity of your watch

Cleaning luxury watches at home can help maintain their appearance and extend their lifespan. By following all the guidelines we have provided, you can keep your watch in its most pristine condition.

However, if you are ever doubtful about how to clean your watch or require any additional assistance, you can always reach out to experienced dealers such as ourselves.

Shravan Poojary
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Having had a passion for all things watches, Shravan Poojary has spent his time learning and understanding the world of horology. He is a content writer at WatchMaestro, responsible for writing and providing information about all the latest collections, must-haves, and detailed comparisons of the best luxury watches.

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