Watch Straps – How to Remove Sweat Stains from Leather Strap

Watch Straps – a strip of leather

Admit it or not, Summer is right around the corner. Speaking of the sunny season, we are mostly exposed to heat, causing us to produce sweat. In relation to that, sweat can ruin your leather watch straps in a snap, well, not literally. But during Summer, it’s best to take extra care of your summer watches that have leather watch bands. When your leather watch strap is exposed to sweat, sweat stains might appear and make your watch look filthy.

Additionally, removing any kind of stain from a leather object is quite a big task, since leather is an absorbent material that can easily become discolored by contact with cleaning agents, including oil and water. Raw leather is more absorbent than polish leather, and suede or nubuck must be treated differently than fine leather. Also, dyed leathers present their own set of problems. In general, though, cleaning sweat stains and odors from leather require the use of water. So, when cleaning leather, you must choose the right materials and procedure.

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Here is a guide on how to remove sweat stains from leather watch straps of some watches for men:

  • 1. Test an inconspicuous area of your watch straps by rubbing it with a damp cloth and a small amount of baby shampoo. Rinse by rubbing with a clean damp cloth, and pat dry, removing as much moisture as possible.
  • 2. Allow it to dry before proceeding further. If additional stains or rings were created by the washing, bring the item to a leather cleaning professional. If not, proceed to the next step.
  • 3. Add a few drops of baby shampoo to a bowl of warm water. Dampen a clean cloth and massage the shampoo into the leather watch straps. Pat dry and allow to dry thoroughly.
  • 4. If the stain and odor are gone, treat the leather strap of some summer watches for men with a commercial leather conditioner, then buff and spray with a leather protectant. Otherwise, go on to the next step.
  • 5. Wash it once again by rubbing it with a soft cloth dampened with warm water to which a few drops of fabric softener has been added.
  • 6. Lastly, wash it with saddle soap according to the package directions. Dry, condition, buff and protect as before.

Note: Use as little water as possible when washing your leather watch straps. Leather tends to dry very slowly, so when it is not dried thoroughly, it might develop mildew which is pretty difficult to remove. If a mildew smell does develop, rub the leather of your summer watches with a clean cloth dipped in a mixture of equal parts rubbing alcohol and water. Always be sure to test it first and end it with a leather conditioner.

So, now you’re aware of the damages that heat can do to your leather watch straps. It’s important to take extra care of your watch bands, especially if it’s leather because it requires more attention and care. In the days of Summer, we should try to at least keep it away from extreme heat or let it rest after long wear so that it will not obtain too much sweat.