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How do I maintain the beauty of my metal watch strap?

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Watch straps are commonly made of stainless steel or titanium. They are powerful and long-lasting.

Nonetheless, with everyday use, these bracelets will become dirty or scratched. Fortunately, you can do something about it by cleaning the bracelet every now and then. It will stay attractive and last longer if you clean it often. You will undoubtedly succeed if you follow these guidelines.

Bracelets made of steel and titanium

Between the links of a metal bracelet, dirt such as dust, grease, and skin flakes can quickly accumulate. It can be gently washed out with lukewarm water to make it hygienically clean again. A basic polishing cloth can also be used to rub a gleaming metal watch strap.

When possible, remove the strap from the case, especially if the watch which is less than 5 ATM water resistant. If this isn’t possible, proceed with caution. Wrap cling film around the watch casing if necessary to prevent water from getting inside.

Top Tip: If your metal bracelet causes a rash, you could be allergic to steel or other metals. You might want to consider getting a titanium watch. Titanium is hypoallergenic by nature.

Top Tip: Is the bracelet on your watch really dusty and scratched? Then bring your watch in for some TLC from our watchmaker. He or she will ultrasonically clean the bracelet down to the tiniest of details and polish it until it appears brand new.

Parts made of plastic and silicone

Some metal bracelets have portions or linings made of plastic or silicone. These bracelets are simple to clean with water. If the band is left moist for an extended period of time or is exposed to sunlight, the quality of the strap may deteriorate and cracks in the plastic or silicone may occur.

Discoloration is also a problem with transparent or white plastic, as well as silicone. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done about it, but it doesn’t happen very often.

Top Tip: After a day at the beach, make sure to thoroughly rinse your watch strap. Wear and discoloration from salt and sunscreen will be a thing of the past.

Bracelets in gold plating and gold

Steel bands with a thin layer of precious metal, such as gold, are known as gold plated watch bracelets. To avoid damaging the precious metal layer, this sort of bracelet must be cleaned with extreme caution. Solid gold bands, which are a soft metal, are vulnerable to scratches and discolouration.

Remove the strap from the case if at all feasible, especially if the watch is less than 5 ATM water resistant.

If this isn’t possible, proceed with caution. Wrap cling film around the watch casing if necessary to prevent water from getting inside.

To clean gold plated or precious metal bracelets, use a wet cotton ball and/or cotton swab instead of soap or other cleaning chemicals. It’s preferable to mix 6 parts water with 1 part ammonia. If you don’t like ammonia, like me, simply water will work. Using a gentle cloth, dry the strap. Preferably a jewelry-specific cloth. You can also use a jewelry-specific cleaning cream.