How to clean Nylon bands?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by Eric8199, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. Eric8199 macrumors 6502a

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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?
     
  2. RadioGaGa1984 macrumors 65816

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    Personally I would use lukewarm water and a dash of mild liquid soap and soft side of a sponge.
     
  3. BarracksSi Suspended

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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.
     
  4. Eric8199 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I know where the dirt comes from, I just didn't want to damage a $50 band.
     
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    You won't damage it with soap n' water.

    Now, if you were going to try to clean it with steel wool and sandpaper, then it's good you came here to ask first. ;)
     
  6. Eddie3345 macrumors member

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    Shucks! I just got my orbital sander and belt sander ready to clean my woven band. Guess ill go back to my carbon steel wire. :D Just warm water and a drop of soap does mine wonders.
     
  7. pcall1128 macrumors 6502

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    I just washed my nylon yesterday with dawn and warm water...Works great. And now the band has a pleasant smell as wel!
     
  8. beto.silva.br macrumors newbie

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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.
     
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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...
     
  10. beto.silva.br macrumors newbie

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    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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  12. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

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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.
     
  13. MrGimper macrumors 601

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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.
     
  14. jonnyb, Apr 20, 2017
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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!
     
  15. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

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    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.
     

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