How to Care for Your Leather Cuff Watches
Naturally, you’re excited to receive your handmade leather cuff watch from us. You won’t be disappointed in this work of art, and lots of people will ask you about it. Of course, your leather cuff watch still needs to be cared for meticulously to keep its good looks. Here we offer some advice on caring for your watch to allow you to enjoy it for many years to come.
How to Properly Wear Your Leather Cuff Watch
While we completely understand that you never want to take it off again, we recommend you give your leather watch band some time to breathe. When you sleep, you don’t need to know what time it is, so you might as well put your watch on your nightstand. It will still be there when you wake up.
Taking proper care of your leather cuff watch starts by putting it on properly. Leather can stretch, so you want to avoid pulling on the band excessively. The same holds true when you take your watch off. Handle it with as much as care as possible. If you’re in a rush, it might be better to take the watch with you and put it on when you have a quiet moment to yourself.
When to Take Your Watch Off
Leather watches can stand quite a bit of abuse, but they really don’t like soap or water. In fact, water can damage your leather band and even discolor it. Therefore, you need to take your watch off before you take a shower or a bath. If you want to go for a swim in the pool, then it’s best to leave the watch at home, so you don’t accidentally leave it on. By keeping your watch dry, you can extend its lifetime.
What if you accidentally get your leather watch wet? Don’t panic. All you need to do is dry it very carefully with a cloth and then lay it out to air dry. Don’t try to speed up the drying process by putting the watch out in the sun or next to another heat source, because that will do more harm than good.
How to Clean Your Leather Cuff Watch
Your watch band needs to be leaned regularly. Since you’re wearing it daily, it’s bound to collect some dirt, perspiration, and stains. However, you should never use a wet cloth or immerse your leather cuff watch in water to clean it. If your watch band is looking a bit dry, then you need to take some time to condition it lightly. Here is how to do this:
- Remove the band from the watch.
- Apply a little bit of leather conditioner or wax and rub it in on both sides.
- Wipe off any excess conditioner.
- Wipe the watch band with a dry cloth.
When adding conditioner to your leather watch, it’s very important to use only small amounts. Too much conditioner is not good for your watch, because it can cause the leather to rot or mold. Using too much leather conditioner or wax won’t look good, either. You may even notice some white residue on the thread when it dries.
Ideally, you’ll add the conditioner to your fingers and then rub it on to the leather band. This helps you use a judicious amount without going overboard. After you have applied the conditioner, you should notice that the leather looks as good as new.
What You Need to Know about Leather Conditioner
There are different types of leather conditioners available. It’s possible for a conditioner to darken your leather band substantially. That’s why it’s best to test it on a hidden part of your watch to find out what effect it will have. If you don’t like what you see, then you have the option to purchase a different conditioner before permanently altering the color of your leather watch.
Your leather watch band may have a distressed surface. In that case, conditioner should only be applied on the back of the strap. Otherwise, it will darken your leather and even change the way it looks.
Keep Your Leather Cuff Watch Looking Good
Whether you have one watch or several of them, it’s important to keep your leather cuff watches in good condition by maintaining them regularly. Your watch bands will hold up for a long time under regular wear, but conditioning them regularly ensures they’ll look as good as new all the time.