My leather band stinks! Cleaning tips?

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  1. California King macrumors 65816

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    What's the best way to de-oderize my leather band (Classic Buckle)? It stinks so much from wearing it on a daily basis and sweating in it that I don't even think it's sanitary to wear anymore :(

    I've tried getting a damp paper towel to try and clean it, but the smell is still there. Any suggestions?
     
  2. artfossil, Oct 19, 2015
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    artfossil macrumors 6502

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    There are leather cleaners. They're expensive but may be worth trying. Of course, test on a small, inconspicuous area.

    If you're feeling adventuresome (and it sounds like you don't have a lot to lose) try saddle soap. It's cheap, and you can get a small can in the hardware store.
     
  3. tadad1 macrumors 6502a

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    You could try putting it in a ziplock bag with some baking soda or rinsing it in diluted vinegar and airing it to dry.
     
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    I do not think there is much you can do about it as the leather has absorbed sweat and each time it gets wet will smell again.
     
  5. MegynKelly macrumors newbie

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    Maybe you are right.
     
  6. JT2002TJ macrumors 6502a

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    Aren't there leather conditioners? They should be oil based, and soak into the leather not only getting the smell out, but keeping the leather soft and "fresh".
     
  7. pkcable macrumors newbie

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    Mink oil is an example (don't hate Peta folks I wouldn't use it just mentioning it!!!! lol)
     
  8. artfossil macrumors 6502

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    There's a Hermes saddle soap! Who knew? Folks on Amazon like Fiebings. $8.34 Prime vs $25 for Hermes. Fiebings also makes a mink oil paste. :)
     
  9. dotnet macrumors 6502a

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    There are ways to delay the inevitable but in my experience a daily worn leather band needs to be replaced every 1-2 years. That's just the way it is, and the reason I'm done with leather bands, even though I like the leather look and comfort.

    For the Apple Watch I got a Milanese loop band, which I'm very happy with. It's the bees knees, both comfortable and easy to clean.
     

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