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Perhaps you have a very generous person in your life who, for your birthday or special holiday, gave you a beautiful new watch with a sleek leather strap. You want to ensure this gift lasts as long as possible, so you want to learn more about caring for leather.
Depending on the type of leather, you can get years of use out of your watch strap. A leather watch strap should last between six and twelve months but can last longer with the proper care.
Learning to care for leather can help increase the lifespan of your strap and protect your watch from falling off the band and becoming damaged. Keep reading to learn more about how to make the most out of your leather-strapped timepiece.
How Do You Properly Care for Your Leather Watch Strap?
You want to give your leather watch strap the longest life possible. To accomplish that goal, it’s important to maintain a cleaning routine.
By cleaning the leather, you are detouring the build-up of dirt and grime, which can damage the coloring and quality of the leather. Not to mention, it gives your worn leather watch band a new, fresh look.
Watchbands also endure a lot of natural wear and tear as you use them in everyday life. Excessive heat and sunlight can crack and further damage leather. You can buy leather-specific products that will help aid with this inevitability, and we will mention them in more detail later on.
How To Clean Your Leather Watch Strap
When cleaning your leather watch strap, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Before you begin, you’ll want to remove the strap before cleaning it, so you don’t damage the face of the watch. If you’re not sure and need to find out how to remove your watch’s leather strap, you can look it up online by searching the watch’s brand and style.
After removing your watch strap, follow these steps:
- Wipe off the leather with a dry cloth – You’ll want to wipe down the leather before getting it wet. This is a gentle way of removing any dirt or grime, so you don’t further scratch or stain the band later. A microfiber cloth or similar material used to clean other items like lenses on glasses works best.
- Wash leather strap with soap – Use a gentle soap to do a more thorough cleaning on the leather strap. You’ll want to dampen your microfiber towel with water and a bit of soap.
Make sure the soap is a gentle-use formula, as using harsher soap can strip away the outer layers of the leather and dry it out. Gently rub the towel on the inner and outer sides of the leather strap using small, circular motions.
After cleaning with soap, rinse out the towel until there’s no soap left on it. Use the damp, soap-free microfiber towel to wipe away soap residue from your leather strap.
- Let the leather strap dry – Once you complete the cleaning, leave the leather band on a dry towel in a room temperature area to dry completely. Do not put direct heat on the leather strap, for, just as with too much constant sunlight, this could cause cracking and dryness.
- Apply leather treatment products to strap – An additional step to treating your leather watch strap is applying a leather conditioner. Just place a few drops of the leather conditioner on a microfiber towel and gently apply to the leather strap. A leather conditioner will help maintain the leather’s integrity longer. Place the conditioned strap back on a dry towel in a room-temperature area to dry.
In addition to adding leather conditioner to your leather strap cleaning routine, there are other ways to maintain the quality of your leather watchband to keep it looking new. Read on to learn more about how to make your leather watch strap last longer.
How Can I Make My Leather Watch Strap Last Longer?
Watch straps are a way we can customize our accessories to match our everyday look. Your leather watch strap is sleek and stylish and supports your expression of your individuality. When your favorite leather watch strap starts to crack and wear down, it’s discouraging. How can you make it last as long as possible?
One way to extend the life of your leather watchband is to implement the cleaning routine we talked about earlier. This cleaning routine should be performed every two weeks, depending on how often you wear your band. A cleaning routine can add months, even years, to your leather watch band’s life!
Depending on the season, you can also switch out your band, perhaps using a more weather-proof option during the colder months.
Finally, replacing the clasp on your watch will help ease the tension on your leather strap. Switching the clasp can keep the leather from overstretching or cracking.
If your leather strap is already past the point beyond wear, don’t fret! There is still hope to repair your once beloved leather watch strap.
Can Leather Watch Straps Be Repaired?
When your leather watch strap starts to become worn beyond repair, or you started your leather maintaining routine a bit too late, there’s still hope. If you find your leather strap is beginning to fray or crack, you may be able to repair it with just a little bit of glue.
If the ends or sides of your leather strap start to pop up, find a small container of super glue and lay your strap out flat on a work surface. Take the glue and carefully apply the adhesive to the edges of the fraying strap together. Hold in place for about 60 seconds.
Be sure not to get glue on your fingers, for it could cause them to stick to the leather.
This method is relatively simple and easy to do at home. It’s also the more inexpensive route if you’re not ready to replace your leather watch strap altogether.
To conclude, leather watch straps should last between six and twelve months. Curating a small collection of multiple bands to swap out is another way to preserve the quality of your leather bands.
If you invest your time into maintaining a cleaning routine and performing any minor repairs, you can have your trusty watch for years to come.