Apple Watch

A lot of people are now investing in Apple Watches due to their amazing functionality. It has a lot of benefits and is often used both in sports, fitness and daily living. However, because of how often these watches are used in rough activities, their bands end up dirty quick.

If you do not know how to clean your Apple Watch band, don’t worry. You have come to the right place because, in this article, we will teach you how to clean the most common kinds of Apple Watch bands.

1. Apple Watch Sport Loop

This band is made of woven nylon, so dirt can easily get in those nooks and grooves. This could make it hard to clean. Although not approved by Apple, many people found that the best way to clean these bands is to soak them in warm water and use a toothbrush with soft bristles to brush off all the dirt. Make sure the water is not too hot as it could ruin your band.

When drying, the best way to do so is to airdry, but it could take a long time. Some people find that the lowest setting on their hairdryers works fine. However, just like with the water, you have to make sure it isn’t too hot as it could deform the band.

2. Stainless Steel Apple Watch Band

Once a stainless steel band becomes dull, it is immediately noticeable. You would want to just get it cleaned up as soon as you can to return its old shine. Apple would recommend polishing that stainless steel bands up with a nonabrasive lint-free cloth.

However, some people do not see it going back to its old shine with just this alone. Some found that wiping down the band with a mixture of one-part water and one-part vinegar helps. But you have to make sure the band is fully dried after doing this and before wearing it. This way, it does not get rusty.

You can also use a metal polish that is made for jewellery and watches. Just make sure to follow the instructions when doing this so that you do not accidentally damage your band.

3. Leather Apple Watch Band

Leather is probably one of the most difficult materials to deal with when it comes to Apple Watches. It requires general maintenance, which means that you need to clean it now and then. However, it can be quite easy to clean leather—just get warm, soapy, water and a cloth, and then you can wipe it down.

When cleaning leather bands, you need to be careful not to create water damage. You will also need to air dry it overnight. For more maintenance tips, you can use a leather lotion that is made for Apple Watch bands.

4. Apple Watch Sport Band

The classic Apple Watch sport band is made of fluoroelastomer, making it resistant to various chemicals. These bands are the easiest to clean simply with a nonabrasive cloth and warm soapy water or even bleach.

If your band is white and you feel like it's losing its colour, you can use a magic eraser to scrub it after washing. Just be careful not to damage your band this way.


While Apple Watch bands are made to be durable, that does not mean they can't get dirty. If we leave them to be dirty, not only do they look unflattering, but it also increases the risk of damage. Follow our tips above to clean up your Apple Watch bands.

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