How Do I Get Sweat Stains Off My Apple Watch Band?

How Do I Get Sweat Stains Off My Apple Watch Band?


All Apple Watch bands get dirty over time. Dirt, sweat, lotions, and others can affect the look of your straps. As such, cleaning is necessary to maintain the stunning appearance of your watch bands. Experts recommend you clean your Apple Watch bands at least once every two weeks. You can also disinfect your Apple smartwatch and its band. 

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According to Apple, you can use a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or a 75 percent ethyl alcohol wipe to clean the exterior surfaces of your Apple Watch and band. You can even use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.

However, you cannot use these wipes to clean fabric or leather bands. Moreover, you should not use products containing bleach or hydrogen peroxide on them. 

In addition to that, you should avoid moisture in any openings. You should also not submerge your Apple Watch in any cleaning agents.

How To Clean Your Apple Watch and Bands

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A regularly worn Apple Watch cannot avoid accumulating dirt. As such, you should keep your Apple Watch clean and dry. You should not use soaps, cleaning products, and abrasive material to clean your Apple smartwatch. That is because they can cause damage to your wearable device. 

To clean your Apple Watch, you only need to follow these steps: 

  1. First, turn off your Apple Watch and remove it from the charger. 
  1. Next, remove the watch band from your Apple wearable device
  1. Then, wipe your Apple Watch clean with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth. If you think it is necessary, you can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water. You can also hold your Apple Watch under lightly running, warm freshwater for 10 to 15 seconds. 
  1. After that, dry your Apple Watch with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth. Make sure you include the surface of the back crystal. 

Apple does not recommend polishing or buffing the smartwatch with abrasives. 

Digital Crown

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Can you clean the Digital Crown of your Apple Watch? Yes, you can. After all, debris will lead to the Digital Crown getting stuck or not moving. Did you find substances like dust or lotion around the Digital Crown? You only need to follow these steps to clean it: 

  1. First, turn off your Apple Watch. Make sure to remove it from the charger.
  1. Next, remove the watch band from the Apple smartwatch
  1. Then, hold the Digital Crown under lightly, running, warm freshwater from a faucet for 10 to 15 seconds. Make sure not to use any soaps and other cleaning products. 
  1. Continuously turn and press the Digital Crown as water runs over the small gap between the crown and the housing. 
  1. After that, dry your Apple Watch with an absorbent, non-abrasive, lint-free cloth. Make sure to wipe the surface of the Digital Crown, the space between it and the watch case, and the surrounding surfaces. Also, remove any water. 

Apple Watch Band

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The official instruction on cleaning Apple Watch bands is using a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth. The tech giant recommends that you only use freshwater to dampen your cloth. You can also use mild, hypoallergenic hand soap on Sport Band and Solo Loop straps. 

You can use a clean, non-abrasive, lint-free cloth to dry your Apple Sport Band and Sport Loop. However, you will find that air-drying applies to other straps, such as nylon, braided, leather, Milanese and stainless steel. Remember to always wait for your watch bands to dry before re-attaching them to your Apple Watch

Cleaning Apple Sport Band and Solo Loop

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One of the well-known Apple Watch straps in the market is the Sport Band. Apple created this strap out of fluoroelastomer. It makes the band flexible and resistant to various chemicals, including chlorine. As such, you can use the Apple Sport Band in the pool and ocean. The Apple Sport Band is one of the bands that you can easily clean. You only need to wipe the strap clean with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth. You can also lightly dampen it with fresh water. 

Apple also states that you can use mild, hypoallergenic hand soap for cleaning the Apple Sport Band. After that, wipe the strap with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth before attaching it to your Apple Watch

  • Apple Sport Loop

  • Apple created the Sport Loop and Nike bands out of woven nylon. Several Apple Watch users use these straps for swimming. However, the tech giant does not recommend swimming with the Sport Loop since woven nylon is not water-resistant. And because of that, Apple states you should not use a lot of water when washing the strap. 

    But the thing is, despite that recommendation, several people still choose to soak their woven nylon bands in warm water. They scrub these straps with a soft-bristled toothbrush to get the dirt out of all the grooves. You see, the texture of the woven nylon band makes it easy for it to get grimy over time. 

    Air-drying is the safest way to dry the Apple Sport Loop. However, it can take hours. As such, other Apple Watch users opt to use a hairdryer with a low heat setting. But this method can be risky. That is because the heat can potentially deform the watch band. It also prevents the strap from re-attaching to the Apple Watch.  

  • Apple Stainless Steel Band

  • The Apple Stainless Steel Band is one of the most challenging watch straps to clean without damage. The tech giant recommends that you only use a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth to wipe the band. 

  • Apple Leather Band

  • Leather is another watch band material that is challenging to clean. You see, it requires general maintenance. Otherwise, it will lose its soft texture and quality shine. To clean your leather band, you should use a cloth and soapy water. However, you have to be careful not to cause any water damage. Make sure to let the leather strap air-dry overnight.

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