How to Clean a Metal Watch Band

Updated March 23, 2017

Many people don't realise the importance of regularly cleaning their metal watch band. Not only is a clean band important for your watch's longevity but for your personal hygiene as well. Sweat, dirt, dead skin and dust all descend into the nooks and crannies of your watch band, which can cause skin irritation and will eventually negatively affect the appearance of the timepiece. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can keep your watch band clean. From basic maintenance to a thorough, professional cleaning there is no reason to compromise the health of your skin or deteriorate the quality of your wristwatch.

Use the jeweller's polishing cloth to wipe down your watch at least once every other week. If you look closely you'll notice a black build-up in between the links; try to get into the grooves with the cloth as much as possible.

To perform a more thorough cleaning, dampen the soft cloth with warm water and add a small drop of soap. Apply the soap to the watch band, being very careful to avoid the face of the watch if it is not waterproof.

Allow the watch to air dry. Be sure that it is completely dry before you wear it again, as otherwise mould can develop in between the links.

Take the watch to a jeweller for professional cleaning, or purchase an ultrasonic jewellery cleaner. Jewellers use ultrasonic cleaners; they are available in retail establishments between £26 and £130. The ultrasonic cleaner at a jeweller's shop will undoubtedly be of a higher quality than what is available for private purchase.


Jeweller's polishing cloths can be bought from a jeweller. Usually, if you buy your watch from a jeweller, you will be given one for free, so ask if they don't automatically give you one.

Things You'll Need

  • Jeweller's polishing cloth
  • Warm water
  • Mild soap
  • Ultrasonic cleaner (optional)
  • Soft cloth
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