Cleaning the sweaty watch / band

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by DanHarp, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. DanHarp macrumors newbie

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    Hey MR,

    I'm not currently a watch wearer, but I am definitely going to grab myself an :apple:Watch on pre-order.

    I expect to wear it often while running / spinning / working out, and I find myself wondering:

    - Will the watch face / band begin to smell bad?
    - Can / should it be cleaned? How?
    - Would it be a mistake to exercise with any band other than the Sport band?

    I'm leaning towards modern buckle or leather loop, and I'm now considering getting a second band to avoid dealing with potential absorption of sweat. What do you guys think?
     
  2. Vundu macrumors 65816

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    Soap, water and an old toothbrush has always served me well on my collection of divers.
     
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Defiantly use the sports band. Leather will soak up sweat. To clean the watch and sport band you can actually buy a mild disinfectant spray for watches
     
  4. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Apple has stated that the leather bands aren't water resistant so you'd be wise not to wear them for exercising. You can always opt for the link bracelet if you don't feel like swapping out bands. It has a water resistance rating of IPX7 so easily washable.
     
  5. dylman macrumors regular

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    I'll be using an ultrasonic bath in work to clean the Milanese loop, it should be ideal combined with a mild detergent solution.
     
  6. Apple_Fan_Girl macrumors newbie

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    Definitely use the sport band for workouts.

    I clean my watch, keyboard and iPhone 8 Plus with Clorox disinfecting wipes. Super easy and they smell so good!
     
  7. Starship67 macrumors 6502a

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    Funny on Apple website it states the link bracelet is not water resistant. Which makes no sense.
     
  8. matrix07 macrumors 601

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    I just use wet tissue. No smell afterward at all.
     
  9. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    My guess is Apple lists that because they don’t want someone have a defect with the link bracelet if it was affected by corrosion, then if Apple‘s website doesnt state anything about the link bracelet not being water resistant, then they would likely try to sue Apple for some ridiculous reason.
     
  10. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    I simply wash my AW3 LTE under warm water. I use the leather loops on my watch and the water has zero effect. My bands still look like new after over two years.
     
  11. Julien macrumors G4

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    [QUOTE="Newtons Apple, post: 26244263, member: 881135".... after over two years.[/QUOTE]
    Speaking of "after over two years" so was this thread dug up. :D
     
  12. Nathan King macrumors member

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    Given that there are a million tiny parts in the link bracelet I am not too surprised.

    I simply rinse off my Nike band with water and towel dry. It has not discolored, become less supple or began to smell.
     
  13. YatBob macrumors regular

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    I have a series 2 which I use for workout/yard work etc and have a Nike Sports Loop, when I am done I just unhook one end so the band is hanging straight rinse and let dry and it dries quickly
     
  14. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Speaking of "after over two years" so was this thread dug up. :D[/QUOTE]

    Just shows some threads get better like fine wine:confused:
     
  15. Julien macrumors G4

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    ...or that newbies have their thread sort order backwards. :D:D:D
     
  16. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

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    What about the Sports Loop? Is that totally washable?
     
  17. Julien macrumors G4

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    Yes it is made of nylon.
     
  18. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    My only advice would allow it to fully dry, it retains moisture fairly well.
     
  19. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816

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    Don't use disinfecting anything, unless you need it for some specific, important reason like you working at a hospital, or elderly care center and so on.

    Incessantly swiping stuff with disinfectant wipes just train the bugs at getting hardier, more resistant, tougher to kill, and thus making the dangerous ones more dangerous to us. They're also unnecessary! Microbes aren't something to be feared under normal circumstances. They exist everywhere around us all the time, including on and in our own bodies, and always will no matter what we do.

    Just wipe off your electronics with a slightly damp microfiber cloth, that's enough. My nylon watchband I've cleaned in a small container of warm tapwater and a small dash of laundry detergent.
     
  20. millerj123 macrumors 65816

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    I wear my watch all the time unless it's being charged. While in the shower, I let soap lightly run over it, and I rinse it every time with the rest of my body.

    I'll specifically wipe it down if I've been sweating for a long time.
     

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