Cleaning Watch Band?

aliensporebomb

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I received one of those apple silicone watch bands in red some time back and it's pretty obvious that time, sweat and sunlight that the band looks kind of discolored or dirty.

My black band it's no issue. The red one - I could post a picture showing that the edges that were away from my skin look noticeably brighter and cleaner.

I'm wondering what the best way to clean this band is to make it look more like it was when it was new.

Ideas? Beuller? Beuller?
 

Relentless Power

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I received one of those apple silicone watch bands in red some time back and it's pretty obvious that time, sweat and sunlight that the band looks kind of discolored or dirty.

My black band it's no issue. The red one - I could post a picture showing that the edges that were away from my skin look noticeably brighter and cleaner.

I'm wondering what the best way to clean this band is to make it look more like it was when it was new.

Ideas? Beuller? Beuller?
The flueroastamer bands are fairly durable and they clean up rather easily. I always have used warm, soapy water and that has worked in most of my cases. Otherwise, a small amount of rubbing alcohol mixed with warm Water would work as well.

Another forum member has even used a Magic Eraser, which removed paint for stubborn stains.
 
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sclawis300

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Clean it how every you want. It is made of Fluoroelastomer and it is almost indestructible. In 200 years someone could dig up your band from a landfill scrub it off and get it to look just like it did new.
But mine can’t last 2 weeks without the finish coming off. Ha ha ha.
 

BigMcGuire

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But mine can’t last 2 weeks without the finish coming off. Ha ha ha.
Was this a problem with only some of the bands? I know my 3rd party bands I got on Amazon did this in two weeks but my Apple bands are near perfect after 3+ months. My Nike band is showing some wear where the band connects (not visible) after 3+ months.
 

Relentless Power

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Was this a problem with only some of the bands? I know my 3rd party bands I got on Amazon did this in two weeks but my Apple bands are near perfect after 3+ months. My Nike band is showing some wear where the band connects (not visible) after 3+ months.
Generally, it’s the third-party plastic bands off Amazon as you said, its because they are actually not made of flueroastamer like Apple’s Watch sport bands are. I own both third-party sport bands off Amazon and Apples OEM sport bands, and even though they look alike, the quality and texture of the material with a third-party band is immediately noticeable it’s not the same as Apple sport bands.
 
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BigMcGuire

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Generally, it’s the third-party plastic bands off Amazon as you said, its because they are actually not made of flueroastamer like Apple’s Watch sport bands are. I own both third-party sport bands off Amazon and Apples OEM sport bands, and even though they look alike, the quality and texture of the material with a third-party band is immediately noticeable it’s not the same as Apple sport bands.
This - exactly. My Apple Fog band that came with my watch is flawless and my Nike band is near flawless even after 3+ months of heavy usage. None of the third-party bands have lasted me very long - resulted in burning sensations, peeling, etc... I'm never going to order another one of those ever again. lol.

Yeah, the Apple bands look nice and don't attract lint - while the Amazon ones do.

I wasted $35+ on third party bands. The $49 I spent on the Nike band was the best band purchase I've done yet. :p
 

Apple_Fan_Girl

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I had the "pink sand" band and it turned blue from my new jeans. I used whitening toothpaste to clean it and the stains came out pretty easily. Magic eraser might also work. A lot of people rave about it, but I never tried it on the Apple watch bands.
 

Relentless Power

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I had the "pink sand" band and it turned blue from my new jeans. I used whitening toothpaste to clean it and the stains came out pretty easily. Magic eraser might also work. A lot of people rave about it, but I never tried it on the Apple watch bands.
Magic erasers will not harm the sport bands, mainly because The flueroastamer is extremely durable. One forum Member actually accidentally had paint on his sport band, which can be very difficult to remove in most applications, but the magic eraser completely removed it without damaging the band.
 

Kelowna77

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I had the "pink sand" band and it turned blue from my new jeans. I used whitening toothpaste to clean it and the stains came out pretty easily. Magic eraser might also work. A lot of people rave about it, but I never tried it on the Apple watch bands.
Thank you! Mine is turned blue to although I haven’t had any new jeans LOL I recently got a metal one from that new target brand heyday because it’s so cheap I think it was like $14 just to have a different band as well
 

rodscom

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I had the "pink sand" band and it turned blue from my new jeans. I used whitening toothpaste to clean it and the stains came out pretty easily. Magic eraser might also work. A lot of people rave about it, but I never tried it on the Apple watch bands.
I live in Brazil and here we don't have the Magic Cleaner Eraser. I used with toothpaste and it worked perfectly.

Thank you!
 

iPhysicist

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I used common soap, Isopropyl-alcohol, Acetone, ultra sonic baths with cleaning solutions for metal and plastics, Rim-cleaner, some fine grained sandpaper and even scotch bright. None of those damaged the band. It’s still in use. The haptics changed a little bit to a more solid feel (read as less smooth /not as silky) but there’s no scratch or discoloration (it became a little bit brighter due to UV radiation (sun)) visible. It really is durable.
 

perezr10

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I had the "pink sand" band and it turned blue from my new jeans. I used whitening toothpaste to clean it and the stains came out pretty easily. Magic eraser might also work. A lot of people rave about it, but I never tried it on the Apple watch bands.
My wife had that problem with a pink sand band that turned green after a year. A magic eraser didn’t help. I finally used a Cape Cod Metal polishing cloth and some fine grit sand paper. That did the trick. I got it back to looking brand new.

The Apple bands are darn near indestructible. But the real reason I like them is that they seem not to attract lint like silicone.
 

axantas

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I did have some color stain from jeans or whatever - and even worse tiny spats of hair colorant. Javel bleeching water did an absolutely great job several times already. The original color never was affected.
 
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