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How to Clean a Water Resistant SmartWatch

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Do you know that you need to clean your water-resistant smartwatch regularly? If not, then you should start cleaning it.

On a typical day, you head to work, then go to the gym or go for a swim and get back home. All through, how many times did you stop to clean your watch? Probably never, right! Now, imagine how much dirt and germs your smartwatch holds.

Statistically, the gadgets we hold in our hands all day long are the dirtiest. Hence they need cleaning more often than not.

With that said, here is a detailed guideline on how to make your waterproof smartwatch spick and span. But first, let us take a look at the things you will need to get the cleaning done.

Cleaning supplies

The things you will need to clean your watch are:

  • Water
  • Diluted white vinegar
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Mild liquid soap
  • Cotton swabs or earbuds
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Leather cleaner
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpick

You do not need all those materials if you clean your watch often, although you may need most of them during a detailed cleanup. So with that out of the way, let us talk a look at how you should clean your smartwatch.

Cleaning your smartwatch

We will take a step by step approach on how to clean your water resistant watch —starting with the screen, the straps, and finally the nooks and cranes.

Screen and the back of the watch

This part includes the whole unit that houses the hardware of the water resistant smartwatch.

Use a dry microfibre cloth to clean the surface of the screen. Wiping with a cloth helps to remove any trace of fingerprints and dust particles. But if the screen has a coat of oil or debris, the microfibre won’t wipe it away. In this case, you should dip the screen into lukewarm water mixed with the diluted soap.

Being a waterproof watch, you do not have to worry about the water seeping into the smartwatch and destroying the piece.

On the back part, use the same microfibre clothing. When you dip it into a soapy solution, make sure you use the toothbrush or toothpick to get into the unreachable groves of your smartwatch.

The straps

You should understand that not every smartwatch strap is made the same. Some have rubber straps, while others have leather. Hence each type has its unique way of cleaning. Let’s look at how you should clean each of the most common strap materials.

Leather straps

When you are cleaning leather straps, it is best to use a leather cleaner and conditioner. Using regular soap can sometimes damage the leather by wearing it out fast or even causing it to tear or discolor. As you clean, be gentle on the strap, and it is always advisable that you test it first. Dab a bit of the cleaning reagent on the cotton swab and rub it on a small spot. Please wait for the place to dry so that you can detect how it reacts to the leather. If it does not change color, it’s safe to proceed with the cleaning, but if it does, find another cleaner for your leather-strapped watch.

Metallic Straps

In as much a water resistant watch with metallic straps are rare, they still do exist. Metal is loved by many because of its luster and shine that give the wrist a charming character. But cleaning metal straps deems to be the hardest of all kinds of straps because of the numerous interconnected chain links. In between these small spaces, dust particles, soil, lint, and even food can stick hence posing a challenge.

It is hard, but not impossible. Start by dipping the straps into a soapy mix and let it soak for a few minutes. Then proceed to brush the strap using the toothbrush. The bristles should reach all the dirt and wash it out clean. After that, pat it dry or hang it to air dry.

Since metal, specifically stainless steel has that shine to it, you can use white vinegar to give it a shiny finish. For an excellent golden shine, clean with a toothbrush and use a pinch of toothpaste.


Silicone is very easy to clean and has a very straightforward regime. The smooth surface lacks breaks and interconnections. You can clean the adjustable hinge by dipping in water. Since it is water-proof, dip the whole watch into the soapy water and use a smooth cloth to rub the dirt off.

The nooks and the cranes

Every waterproof smartwatch has charging ports where dirt might enter and damage the watch. Clean this part by using earbuds and alcohol. Use a toothpick to take out the stubborn small pieces of lint and dust.

Clean your water resistant SmartWatch regularly

A waterproof watch helps to keep you on your toes. It shows you the progress of your workout and helps to keep you on time for meetings. However, it also needs a good cleaning too. But when do you know it’s time to clean your smartwatch? Well, that depends on you, but just know that the more you do it, the better. Habit is second nature, so why not create a habit of cleaning your smartwatch daily and see how it goes. Cleaning helps to keep your smartwatch looking great and serve you longer.

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