Did you accidentally get ink all over your Apple Watch band? Or perhaps a younger family member drew scribbles on your watch strap? According to Apple, what you need to do is to remove the band from your watch first, then wipe it down with a non abrasive, lint-free cloth.
If you think it's necessary, you can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water, then wipe your band. Make sure that you dry your band thoroughly. You can use another non abrasive and lint-free cloth to do that.
Wondering if it's okay to use a disinfectant on your Apple Watch? Apple advises that you use a 70-percent isopropyl alcohol wipe, 75-percent ethyl alcohol wipe, or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. You can use them to gently wipe the exterior surfaces of your Apple Watch and watch band. However, you couldn't use them on fabric or leather bands.
Moreover, you shouldn't use products that contain bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Make sure to avoid getting moisture in any openings. Also don't submerge your Apple Watch in any cleaning agents.
How to Clean and Dry Your Band
Before you clean your Apple Watch band, you should remove the band from the device. If you have a leather band, just follow these steps:
- First, wipe the leather portions of the band clean with a non abrasive, lint-free cloth. If you think it's necessary, you can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water.
- Make sure that you don't soak leather bands in water. You see, leather bands are not water resistant.
- Then, let your leather band air dry thoroughly before you attach it to your Apple Watch. Make sure that you don't store your leather band in direct sunlight, at high temperatures or in high humidity.
If you own a Solo Loop, Sport Band, and/or Nike Sport Band, here's how you clean them:
- First, wipe the band clean with a non abrasive, lint-free cloth. You can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water if you think it's necessary. You can also use mild hypoallergenic hand soap for cleaning.
- After that, you can dry the band with a non abrasive, lint-free cloth before you attach it to your Apple Watch.
Apple Watch Bands and Skin Irritation
Apple has done a great deal of care and research into choosing materials for all of their devices. And that includes the Apple Watch and its bands. Part of that research is choosing the materials that touch your skin.
You see, there are people who experience reactions to certain materials. This can be because of allergies, or environmental factors. It can also be due to extended exposure to irritants like soap or sweat.
It's important that you know if you have allergies or other sensitivities. Since Apple Watch and some of its bands contain materials like Nickel and Acrylates.
The following contain some nickel:
- Apple Watch models with a stainless steel or an aluminum case
- Stainless steel band release buttons of Apple Watch Series 4 and later and Apple Watch SE
- Stainless steel portions of some Apple Watch bands
- Metallic portions of the Hermès bands
- Magnets in the watch and bands
The aforementioned items all fall below the strict nickel restrictions set by European REACH regulation. While nickel exposure is unlikely to be a problem for you, you should still be aware of the possibility in case you're susceptible to nickel-based reactions.
Items that contain trace amounts of acrylates and methacrylates are:
- Apple Watch case
- Woven Nylon Band
- Milanese Loop
- Modern Buckle
- Leather Loop
Rest assured that the Apple Watch and its bands are designed so that parts containing acrylates and methacrylates are not in direct contact with your skin. Another potential cause of skin irritation is wearing your Apple Watch too tightly or loosely.
Remember, an overly tight band can cause skin irritation. While a band that is too loose can cause rubbing. If you experience redness, swelling, itchiness, or any other skin irritation, you should stop wearing your Apple Watch for a while. Also consult your physician.
Tips to Avoid Skin Irritation
- Wear your Apple Watch with the right fit of band. Make sure the band is not too tight and not too loose. You should also make room for your skin to breathe as this will keep you comfortable.
- Keep your wearable and bands clean and dry. Make sure that your Apple Watch, bands, as well as your skin are clean and dry. This will maximize comfort and prevent long-term damage to the device. This is most particularly important after workouts or exposure to liquids. Such as sweat, soap, sun cream, and lotions. These can potentially cause skin irritations.
- Choose the right Apple Watch band. When choosing the Apple Watch band you want to wear, make sure that you check the materials. Especially if you have known allergies or sensitivities to substances like metals or plastics.
You should also make sure that the band corresponds to your Apple Watch case size. According to Apple, you can use a band designed for Apple Watch first generation and Apple Watch series 1, 2, and 3 with Series 4 and later and SE. That is, as long as the sizes are compatible. Bands for 38mm and 40mm cases are compatible with each other. While bands for 42mm and 44mm cases are compatible with each other.
- Be cautious in using third-party Apple Watch bands. When shopping for a new watch band to use together with your Apple Watch, you should be wary of third-party bands.
While there are third-party bands that are of good quality, there are also some that may not fit you properly. There are even some that may interfere with your Apple Watch's Wrist Detect feature. There are also third-party bands that may contain materials that can cause skin sensitivities or other health concerns. They may even damage your Apple Watch.
If you want to get the best results and the best user experience, Apple recommends that you only use Apple-branded or Apple-authorized bands. Don't miss out on our new product announcements, updates and exclusive deals. Be part of the Spartan Army! Subscribe and get special discounts, free giveaways, and learn more about your Apple Watch.