How to Properly Care for Your Leather Watch Strap

No other material can keep up with the daily strains that can be placed upon the wrist quite like high-quality leather.

This tanned product of nature is a classic among the different types of watch strap materials and still as popular as it has always been.

However, there are a few pointers that should be kept in mind so that this second skin doesn’t get porous or hygienically unclean and ultimately unfit to wear.

Good quality leather straps can keep their aesthetic for years if you care for them properly. So read on below to know more about how you can preserve the quality of your leather watch strap.

Leather Watch Strap

For starters, it’s always worth it to spend a bit more money for a higher grade leather strap. The material, as well as the workmanship involved, can vary greatly in terms of quality and usually, you really do get exactly what you pay for.

For example, watch straps can become brittle over time if it is made from incorrectly tanned leather which often causes a higher concentration of fat content.

While cheap straps are often unfit for use after just a few months, the wrist-life of high-grade ones haven’t even reached their peak after many years of frequent wear.

Leather watch strap's classic design makes it easy to dress up or down. Furthermore, many of the watch straps in Singapore that are highly patronized are made out of leather.

Your watch band will need some care just like any other leather product. They can be ruined if they get wet or are exposed to extreme temperatures, so be mindful when you’re wearing them.

Caring for your Leather Strap

Everyday Life-Prolonging Measures

Leather isn’t known for being a material that has a high resistance to moisture. Thankfully, the problem of moisture permeating lining leather was significantly reduced thanks to the Rembordé procedure.

However, as a matter of principle, they should generally not be subject to moisture altogether. Even in small doses, a leather strap can significantly change shape as well as its color the moment it comes into contact with water.

It is recommended to take off the watch before washing your hands or getting in the shower. Due to hygienic reasons, a watch with a leather strap should also be removed before playing sports of any kind.

It is best not to wear it all the time and take it off at night to ensure that the leather occasionally has some room to breathe.

Proper Care For Smooth Leather

Compared to the virtually sealed, pigmented nature of suede leather, most leather straps have a smooth grain which is significantly easier to clean.

With the exception of open pour aniline leather, all smooth leather types are closed and can be cleaned with a wet cloth.

As far as soap goes, it should definitely be taken into consideration whether or not the strap can be cleaned by an alkaline product. In the worst case scenario, damage can form on it over a period of time.

It is suggested to use leather fat, leather spray, or leather milk after a wet cleaning so that a closed, protective film builds up on the strap. It will additionally serve to protect it from moisture, dirt, and even the sun.

The care product itself should be  polished with a clean towel after being thinly applied to the leather. For added protection against moisture, it can also be treated with a waterproofing spray as an alternative.

You should also note that straps made from patent leather should be handled with the utmost care. They are especially sensitive and should only be cleaned carefully with a slightly dampened cloth.

The Appropriate Care for Suede

As opposed to smooth leather, suede leather types such as Nubuck or Velour have to be maintained differently.

Since suede is open and porous, any direct contact with fattening substances should be avoided altogether as it can easily penetrate the leather.

Before attempting to clean suede, try to first gently brush out the leather. Also, be aware that any spots or stains that suede might pick up when strapped to the wrist are nearly impossible to get out later.

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Handling your leather strap with tender care can create a huge difference. Prevent your watch straps from losing their aesthetics for a long time. Your leather strap will maintain its classic look for years to come if you effectively care for it.