With a sophisticated shine and tough exterior, stainless-steel is a common metal in the watchmaking world. Many Timex® watches come with stainless-steel bracelets, from classic silver to brushed metal finishes.
While a hardy material, stainless-steel still requires love and care. An important part of maintaining the look and function of your Timex is regular cleaning. Below, we discuss how to clean your stainless-steel watch to maintain its polished shine and prevent damage to the timekeeping elements.
Why does stainless steel require special care?
Over time, the polished look of a stainless-steel watch can begin to dull. The slight openings between the links of metal bracelets are also privy to settling dust and dirt. Even with water-resistant technology, stainless-steel watches can be vulnerable to rusting from sweat and excess moisture.
Here’s how to clean your stainless-steel watch:
1. Wipe it down
Start by wiping down the watch strap and dial with a soft cloth to remove initial layers of dirt, dust or grime.
2. Dip the watch in warm soapy water
Fill up a sink basin or clean bowl with warm water and a drop of antibacterial dish soap. It’s made to cut grease, which is why it works to remove oils and debris from stainless-steel. If the watch is not water-resistant, be careful to dip only the strap in the water.
3. Gently scrub the stainless-steel bracelet
Use a damp, clean toothbrush to get into the crevices of the stainless-steel bracelet. Be mindful of how much pressure you apply, as a heavy hand can cause unwanted scratches.
4. Rinse with warm water
Dip the band in warm water or run it under the sink to rinse away the soap.
5. Dry with a soft cloth
Pat the watch dry, or use a hair dryer on a low-heat setting to quickly dry in between the links.
6. Add sparkle and shine
Spray glass cleaner on a soft cloth, and wipe down the watch face, case and bracelet to refresh the shine. If the cleaning is overdue, you can get deeper into the bracelet and its crevices by dipping the soft brush in glass cleaner and gently scrubbing the bracelet. If you’re comfortable removing the bracelet, you can remove it from the case and soak it in glass cleaner for about 15 minutes, and then rinse with clean water. Make sure to wipe it clean with a soft cloth when you’re finished.
How often should you clean your stainless-steel watch?
If you wear your watch every day, give it a deep clean once a month. The most meticulous watch wearers will wipe down their timepieces daily. Just like washing your face and brushing your teeth before bed, your watch can benefit from a quick clean. Use a soft cloth to wipe down the inside of the band, plus the back and front of the case. This will help remove any excess moisture or lotion that rubbed off your skin and onto the watch throughout the day. Regular maintenance and care for your watch will make your monthly deep cleaning even easier.
Every once in a while, it’s also worth taking your watch in for a professional service and cleaning. An expert can polish away scratches that your toothbrush can’t. They can also perform regular tune-ups to ensure your timepiece is in solid working order.