How to clean stainless steel

With a sophisticated shine and tough exterior, stainless-steel is a common metal in the watchmaking world. Many Timex® watches come with stainless-steel bracelets, from classic silver to brushed metal finishes.

While a hardy material, stainless-steel still requires love and care. An important part of maintaining the look and function of your Timex is regular cleaning. Below, we discuss how to clean your stainless-steel watch to maintain its polished shine and prevent damage to the timekeeping elements.

Here’s how to clean your stainless-steel watch:

1.  Wipe it down Start by wiping down the watch strap and dial with a soft cloth to remove initial layers of dirt, dust or grime.

2. Dip the watch in warm soapy water Fill up a sink basin or clean bowl with warm water and a drop of antibacterial dish soap. It’s made to cut grease, which is why it works to remove oils and debris from stainless-steel. If the watch is not water-resistant, be careful to dip only the strap in the water.

3. Gently scrub the stainless-steel bracelet Use a damp, clean toothbrush to get into the crevices of the stainless-steel bracelet. Be mindful of how much pressure you apply, as a heavy hand can cause unwanted scratches.

4. Rinse with warm water Dip the band in warm water or run it under the sink to rinse away the soap.

5. Dry with a soft cloth Pat the watch dry, or use a hair dryer on a low-heat setting to quickly dry in between the links.

6. Add sparkle and shine Spray glass cleaner on a soft cloth, and wipe down the watch face, case and bracelet to refresh the shine. If the cleaning is overdue, you can get deeper into the bracelet and its crevices by dipping the soft brush in glass cleaner and gently scrubbing the bracelet. If you’re comfortable removing the bracelet, you can remove it from the case and soak it in glass cleaner for about 15 minutes, and then rinse with clean water. Make sure to wipe it clean with a soft cloth when you’re finished.

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Best product to use for cleaning stainless steel?

In order from least to most expensive:

  • Water – surprisingly water will do a great job of wiping away most fingerprints and grime.
  • Dish Soap – always on hand, and gets the job done.
  • Rubbing alcohol – Tackles more stubborn residue and dries quickly
  • Commercial Cleaner – Stainless Steel Cleaners are designed to clean effectively and also leave a protective coating behind so the surface shines

Warning: avoid abrasive cleaners as they can scratch or dull the surface. Also, refrain from using steel wool or brushes – even if you have a stubborn mess. Lastly, chlorine and bleach products are a definite enemy of stainless steel surfaces, so steer clear.

How to Clean Stainless Steel

  • Gather your supplies, and make sure that includes a lint-free cloth or rag. Go with a microfiber or 100% cotton option for best results.
  • Apply your preferred cleaning agent to the surface or directly to your cloth.
  • Wipe in the direction of the grain. (To determine the direction, look closely at the surface and you’ll see tons of little lines running either vertically or horizontally. Follow them as you wipe to avoid any tiny particles getting trapped.)
  • Follow immediately with a dry cloth to prevent any spots
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