How to clean a watch? Do It Yourself

Watches are exposed to various substances such as the wearer’s own sweat, mud, soil, cooking oil, grease, and coal, among others. Hence, watches tends to become dirty very rapidly and some people might rinse their watch lightly with water but if you wear your watch everyday, in few weeks or months you will find that dirt have accumulated in the edges and corners of your watch cases and bracelets.

How to clean a watch from dirt?

clean-watchesI got many clients who came to our store and asked “do you clean watches?” The first time this shocks me. I was like “can’t you do it yourself, here we repair watches not clean”? Thereafter,  we made cleaning of watches a service that we offer just like a car cleaning service. In fact most watches we receive to repair, change batteries and bands, are usually unclean. Then we propose the cleaning service to the client. So if you have a watch repair service shop, then I recommend that you start offering this service if you don’t already.

Before you clean a watch

You have to make sure that your watch is waterproof else you will need to remove the watch movement from the watch case. It is better to detach the watch bracelet or strap from the watch case too. However, even if your watch is waterproof I recommend that you separate the watch case and the bracelet, this will give you a better scope for cleaning, because most of the time most dirt conglomerates near the corners whereby the spring bars hold the bracelet to the watch case.

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Use an ultrasonic cleaner

There are several ultrasonic cleaners on the market and they are very easy to use. I recommend the Generic Sonic Wave CD-2800 Ultrasonic Jewelry and Eyeglass Cleaner. It has a ton of positive reviews and give satisfying results for a low price cleaner.

After separating the watch parts as said, place all of them in the container of the cleaner. Then, pour a little jewelry solution, start the cleaner and let the cleaning process begin. I recommend the Blitz Gem & Jewelry Cleaner Concentrate.

With 42,000 ultrasonic energy waves per second, the ultrasonic cleaner will remove any dirt on the steel.

If you don’t have any solution then simply put warm water and add some kitchen utensil’s detergent that you already have at home.

After the cleaning process, use a piece of cloth and rub all the parts you have washed. Now assemble all the parts and voilà your watch is as new again.

How to clean a watch an alternative way

Don’t have an ultrasonic cleaner? Let me tell you how you can easily clean your watch yourself at home with basic things that you already have.

Firstly, you will need a toothbrush. You can take an old toothbrush that you don’t use anymore or get a new one but you have to make sure the brush has not become too soft.

Secondly, you will need a dirt remover for metal, you can use your kitchen utensil’s detergent that you already have at home.

Thirdly , you will need a piece of cloth, usually a soft cotton cloth. Now, use your lavabo and gently brush and clean your watch under the flowing water of your lavabo. Warm water will always be better. Use the piece of cloth and rub the area where dirt is of a greater extent. After cleaning, reassemble your watch and you’re done!

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