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Caring for your watch

Caring for your watch after purchasing is crucial to its longevity and continuation of quality. It’s important to keep on top of a good cleaning routine and following simple steps to ensure there is no damage caused by negligence. Here at House of Watches, we have over 130 years experience in the industry meaning we have plenty of knowledge on how best to care for your purchases.

Here are some things you can do to keep your watch in perfect condition at home. You should always try and keep your watch strap clean, they go through a lot of wear and tear on your wrist day in, day out. A lot of the time people will wear their watches whilst working out, cooking, eating etc. Meaning there must be some sort of dirt and wear from doing these activities and when you think about it, it could be quite dirty if left for too long.

If your strap is made of leather, you should wipe away any dirt with a soft dry cloth. Once this has been done you should take a small amount of soap to a microfiber cloth and gently rub the strap. After this you should thoroughly rinse the cloth with water, squeeze out as much moisture as possible and then use the same cloth to wipe away any excess soap left on the strap. Ensure you leave the strap to dry properly before wearing.

Does your watch have a ceramic, stainless steel or titanium bracelet strap, if it does, then it is very simply cleanable. All you need to do is get some soapy water and a toothbrush, use the toothbrush to get in between the links and remove any built up dirt or grease. Rinse thoroughly with cold water and then use a soft dry cloth to wipe the bracelet dry.

It is also very simple to clean rubber straps on a watch. You can just use a damp cloth to remove and built up dirt, but if it’s a sport watch I would highly recommend giving them a thorough clean with some warm soapy water. Ensure they are fully dry before attaching them back to your watch, especially if the rubber straps are on a smart watch.

There is obviously always the option once purchased, to invest in professional watch care. This isn’t something that needs to be done all the time, in fact it’s only recommended every two to five years. The manufacturer is the best place to go for advice on your watch, they are more than likely able to do servicing themselves or will suggest somewhere that they highly recommend you should take it.

Professional care normally consists of proper polishing, battery replacement and reseal, as well as any repairs to any damage that may have been caused. If you need any advice or tips on the best way to care for your watch then head straight to House of Watches or T. H. Baker. At House of Watches we have a large selection of men’s watches and ladies watches to purchase, whether you’re after brands such as Swatch, Casio and Tissot. To shop our latest collections, head online now.HohH