Since the watch strap touches the skin directly, it can be damaged or soiled by perspiration or dust. Lack of care may accelerate the deterioration of the bracelet, cause skin irritation, or stain the edge of the sleeve of the shirt we are wearing. As you will see on our website, there are a lot of good quality watch straps to replace the damaged one, meanwhile, keep reading so you can learn how to take care of your watch strap or bracelet.

Metal straps/bracelets develop rust due to the accumulation of corrosion/sweat between the segments of the strap/bracelet. This is especially applicable to expensive solid bracelets with relatively narrow segment gaps that could easily accumulate corrosion/sweat. This type of rust could cause a yellow discoloration on the cuff when sweating.

To prevent rust from forming, wipe off moisture, sweat, or dirt with a soft cloth when appropriate. To clean the strap, apply neutral detergent (mixed with some water) to the metal straps/bracelets when surface stains are evident. For larger stains, use a toothbrush and remove accumulated dirt in the spaces of the belt/bracelet segments. Protect the watch body from moisture by wrapping it in plastic, etc. After washing, pay special attention to drying the strap/bracelet segment spaces with a towel and drying the entire watch completely.

A leather strap is more susceptible to discoloration and deterioration from moisture, sweat, and direct sunlight than metal bands or straps. Leather straps can tear or fade. These straps require constant care and this includes paying special attention to the circumstances in which the watch is worn. The watch should not be worn with a leather strap while the wearer is bathing, swimming, and working in water, even if the watch is water-resistant. Besides, care should be taken when wearing a watch with a light-colored bracelet, as stains will be more visible.

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Moisture and sweat should be wiped off as soon as possible by gently rubbing the strap with a soft, dry cloth, and then placing the watch in a well-ventilated area. The watch should not be exposed to sunlight for extended periods (for example, during prolonged exposure to the sun on a car dashboard), as this may cause discoloration, processing, or even breakage of the leather watch strap.

A rubber strap is sensitive to discoloration caused by light and may deteriorate upon contact with solvents or atmospheric moisture. If straps remain wet and in very humid locations or are exposed to direct sunlight for long periods, the rate of deterioration will accelerate and cracks may appear on their surface. Likewise, translucent, white, or pale belts easily absorb other colors, causing color spots or discoloration. Pay attention to the condition of polyurethane straps, which often wear out during marine sports or outdoor activities.

Clean dirt with water and dry completely with a dry cloth (protect the watch body against water splashes by wrapping it in plastic, etc.).

When the strap loses elasticity, contact our website to purchase a new one. If you continue to wear your strap as is, it may crack or weaken over time.


By Rusty