How to clean Nylon bands?

Eric8199

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Have the black/gray nylon Apple Watch band (official Apple) and it's really dirty. Any suggestions on the best way to clean it?
 

BarracksSi

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Next time you wash your hands (or take a shower or bath), wash the nylon straps, too. It's the same dirt that you wash off of your body.
 

beto.silva.br

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Apple should come clean and inform the customers that they should indeed use something stronger than "lint free cloth" to get the sweat smell off of the woven nylon band. Fist I tried applying liquid hand soap with a soft toothbrush, but it didn't work as expected - the smell came back after a couple of days. Finally I used liquid laundry soap with warm water and it did work, but the band lost its maleability - got a bit stiff. Then I decided to try some fabric softener after using the liquid detergent (I used Ariel) and it got perfect. Smells great and now feels smooth as the day I bought it.
 

BarracksSi

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Apple should come clean and inform the customers that they should indeed use something stronger than "lint free cloth" to get the sweat smell off of the woven nylon band.
Or just wash it every few days.

Jeez-laweeze, I'd hate to find out how long some people go before washing their underwear...
 
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beto.silva.br

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Or just wash it every few days.

Jeez-laweeze, I'd hate to find out how long some people go before washing their underwear...
Hey smartass I wash my watches every day in the shower, but I live in a warm and humid place and the band does have issues with sweat. You shouldn't worry about other people higienes but yourself. Maybe next time try to add good ideas instead of dropping funny ones. Take care.
 
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Defender2010

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Dish soap and a soft sponge followed by an iron on a very low high when dry, protected by a handkerchief to stop the inside 'woven nylon' part from coming off - its glued on. Looks brand new every time I do this. Never thought I'd see the day I would be ironing a watch strap.
 
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MrGimper

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I know it may seem obvious, but don't put the actual watch module in one of these. There were a number of people who tried it with the original watch back in the day, and screwed the Taptic Engine up.
 

jonnyb

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followed by an iron on a very low high when dry
I'm confused by this bit. Do you mean the temperature on the iron should be low, but high if the strap is dry?

edit: or should I just replace the word 'high' with 'temperature', i.e. "followed by an iron on a very low temperature when dry"?

edit 2: I think I've decided it has to be the latter, as a hot iron would just melt the nylon. So, I think I've answered my own question!
 
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Defender2010

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I'm confused by this bit. Do you mean the temperature on the iron should be low, but high if the strap is dry?

edit: or should I just replace the word 'high' with 'temperature', i.e. "followed by an iron on a very low temperature when dry"?

edit 2: I think I've decided it has to be the latter, as a hot iron would just melt the nylon. So, I think I've answered my own question!
Sorry I meant 'very low heat'
Yes, the lowest heat or it will melt the nylon and the size 'stickers?' will come off as the glue will melt that holds them there.