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How to clean Apple Watch Band?- So Simple Even Your Kids Can Do It

How to clean Apple Watch Bands

What you will know

  • How to clean an apple watch sport band
  • How to clean the woven nylon watch band
  • How to clean white apple watch band(sport and leather)
  • How to clean metal(stainless steel) Apple Watch Bands
  • How to deodorize your Apple Watch Straps 


Apple watch comes with four types of bands:  sport band, sport loop, leather, and stainless steel. So check your band's type and follow the corresponding clean method.

Sport band:

Typically made from Fluoroelastomer, ultra-soft, durable yet strong rubber material in solid color or Nike style two-tone holes.   

Apple watch sports band original


How to clean an apple watch sport band?

Step 1: Remove sport band from Apple watch

Step 2: Wipe dirt and tarnish with a clean and soft cotton cloth

Step 3: Use some freshwater on the cloth,  scrub the remaining stain

Step 4: Dry the band with a clean cloth indoor, no direct exposure to sunshine or a heater.


Sport loop:

Woven nylon with hook-and-loop fastener for on/off and easy-adjust length to fit your wrist perfectly.

Apple watch sports loop original

How to clean the nylon watch band?

Prepare a basket or bowl, Laundry Detergents, mild dish soap, scrubbing brush or old toothbrush before you clean the nylon band.

Follow the below steps:

Step 1, Remove the sport loop from the Apple Watch case gently.

Step 2, Fill the basket or bowl with warm water; add some laundry detergents like Tide, Gain, Arm & Hammer, agitate the mixture.

Step 3, Put the dirty nylon watch band into the mixture and allow them to soak for a few hours.

Step 4, Scrub the nylon band with a toothbrush to remove stain.

Step 5, Squeeze the excess water and check whether the nylon strap is clean or not

Step 6, Apply mild dish soap like Dawn, Mrs. Meyers, Puracy or stain remover like OxiClean and Tide to go to the sport loop, soak several hours, scrub with a stiff brush until the dirt removed.  

Step 7, Hand wash the nylon sport loop and dry it overnight.


How to clean the white apple watch band? Silicone, Fluoroelastomer, and Genuine Leather.

Clean a white apple watch band

If it is a silicone band or original sport band, kindly refer to above "How to clean an apple watch sport band"

If you buy a third party leather apple watch band, kindly check with the retailer or manufacturer if they need special care or maintain before you clean it. 

Usually, a white genuine leather iwatch band can be cleaned per below steps:

Step 1, Remove the white leather band from your Apple watch.

Step 2, Use a clean dry cloth to wipe the dirt on the leather strap surface.

Step 3, Prepare a mixture of white vinegar and warm water, one part to three, agitate the mixture until well mixed.

Step 4, Apply little vinegar water to a clean soft cloth, clean the leather strap surface wholly and gently.

Step 5, Add mild dish soap to warm water, stir it until you see bubbles.

Step 6, Dip new clean cloth to the soapy water, wipe the leather band to remove any stain, dirt or dust.

Step 7, Lay the strap flat and air dry the leather band completely.

You can also apply some leather conditioner on the white leather strap surface to keep it in a great condition.

How to clean the metal Apple Watch Bands?

Most metal bands for apple watches are stainless steel, very few are titanium and aluminum. The metal band will be filled with dirt and dust inside the inner side of the watch links after your wear.

Stainless steel apple watch band on the wrist

How to clean? Simple 4 steps,remove-dip in water-scrub-dry:

Step 1, Remove the metal watch band

Step 2, Dip into warm water for 1 hour or 2

Step 3, Gently scrub with a toothbrush on your watch band, add some dish soap or neutral detergent and scrub again if not workable.

Step 4, Dry in the air or with a hairdryer


How to deodorize my Apple Watch Straps?

When you caught the unpleasant smell from your sport band, loop or leather band, it is time to deodorize the band now!

Usually an intense clean and dry can eliminate most apple watch bands smells but here is a simple way to deodorize a cloth or leather watchband, though, without even wetting the surface.

Step 1Sprinkle some baking soda in a small plastic bag. Make sure the bag has a seal or can easily be sealed with a knot or twist-tie.

Step 2Place the watchband into the bag and seal the bag. Leave the watchband in the bag overnight. Baking soda is often used when cleaning laundry to neutralize pH and remove unwanted smells.

Step 3Remove the watchband from the bag and smell it. If the wristband still has an offensive odor, it may need to sit in the bag for another night. For cloth watchbands, if the odor is extreme, throw the band into the washing machine or soak it in warm water and detergent. Perform Steps 1 and 2 for deodorizing between washings. For extreme-smelling leather watchbands, proceed to Step 4.

Step 4Mix together equal amounts of distilled vinegar and linseed oil. Using a lint-free cloth, rub the mixture into the leather, then buff with a clean, dry cloth. This will clean the leather. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for deodorizing in between cleanings.

 You can also add the classic sport band to your cart to add color for your Apple Watch

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