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DanHarp

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 24, 2015
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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?
 

Gav2k

macrumors G3
Jul 24, 2009
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1,608
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
 

JayLenochiniMac

macrumors G5
Nov 7, 2007
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New Sanfrakota
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.
 

dylman

macrumors regular
Oct 30, 2014
111
19
I'll be using an ultrasonic bath in work to clean the Milanese loop, it should be ideal combined with a mild detergent solution.
 

Starship67

Suspended
Oct 28, 2017
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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.

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

44267547

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Jul 12, 2016
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Funny on Apple website it states the link bracelet is not water resistant. Which makes no sense.

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.
 

Nathan King

macrumors regular
Aug 24, 2016
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Omaha, NE
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.

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.
 

YatBob

macrumors 6502
Apr 23, 2014
268
73
Louisiana
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
 

Lennyvalentin

macrumors 65816
Apr 25, 2011
1,431
794
I clean my watch, keyboard and iPhone 8 Plus with Clorox disinfecting wipes.
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.
 

millerj123

macrumors 68030
Mar 6, 2008
2,587
2,625
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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