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How to clean a leather watch band

Cleaning a leather watchband will prolong the life of the band while removing dirt and odours caused by perspiration. Here is how to bring a shine back to a leather watch band with a good cleaning.

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  1. Remove the watch from your wrist when you go to sleep and while bathing so that the leather can breathe.

  2. Use a damp cloth to clean the leather watchband once a week, then air dry.

  3. Detach the watch from the leather band by removing the watch pins to prepare for a thorough cleaning.

  4. Remove stubborn stains, dirt and odours by making a paste of 1 tbsp of baking soda and an equal amount of water.

  5. Rub the paste on all sides of the leather and let it stand for an hour.

  6. Wash off the baking soda paste and allow the leather band to dry overnight before reattaching the watch.

  7. Rub saddle soap on the watchband, working it into the leather. Wipe off any excess. This will restore the natural lustre of the leather. Saddle soap is available at tack shops and many boot sellers.

  8. Apply a few drops of olive oil to the band and rub the oil into the leather if saddle soap is unavailable.

  9. Polish the watch band with a clean, dry, lint-free cloth.

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Things You'll Need

  • Saddle soap
  • Olive oil
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Damp cloth

About the Author

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.

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