Nowadays wristwatches are a very important part of our image. The very expensive ones come with special buttons for suits, so that they fit, or some neck tie accessories. Some people go around it and have a phone for a watch instead. Not unreasonable, but frankly – it is simply a question of class, whether you wear a wrist watch or not. When it comes to cleaning it, the very expensive ones are going to a professional, no comment there. The middle class though can be cleaned at home, no problem. Here we will give some general directions, that anyone can follow.
First of all, do not expect us to explain the disassembling process of a wrist watch – this is impossible. Only the specialists in the branch can tell you that. No cleaning friend, company, nor cleaners Whetstone may help you with it. Mainly the reason is that it is very difficult to do so – there are a lot of small, delicate parts, and tending to them should be left to to a professional.
The primary tool you will need for your “clean sweep” is a jewelers polishing cloth. It is a simple cloth, but the one that does not loose lint when you use it. So the more you use it, the darker it gets. And cleaning of such a cloth is no big deal either – it is only lint free, nobody sad about it being a microfiber one. Usually one of these comes with the watch itself. If not – any jewelers store will have one to sell or can tell you where to get one. Even if you decide not to temper in any way with the watch, besides setting the time on it, you should have one around for routine polishing. It is always a good idea to do it once in a while.
Begin with the band. This is the dirtiest part of the watch, since it comes into most contact with your hand, also the links on it make a nice cozy place for dirt and dead skin to accumulate in. If you bend the links though, you will gain access to these parts, so this will not be a simple wipe on the surface, but rather a link-by-link cleaning.
After that you should take care of the watch dial. It has a glass cover, which can be scratched somewhere, but you must not fear this, if you are using the jewelers cloth, mentioned above. If you have difficulties getting within the joints between the band and the dial, use the tips and corners of the cloth. You may use soft brush if you have one and soapy water, as long as your watch is waterproof. However, cleaners Whetstone advise to avoid using soap or water, if it can be skipped.
This is it – as much as you can do overall. One last thing – now, on the market, there are available special ultrasonic cleaning boxes. These use sound to clean the smallest of odors. They were a privilege of the professionals for some time. Now they are available to the public, and they are not that expensive, from 20 to 160 pounds. Since they are not used to clean watches only, but jewelry as well, consider having one of those.