Vic asked: How do I clean the leather strap of an Andy Warhol watch? The leather strap has a smooth, suede-like fabric on it.
A suede-like leather watchband is a magnet for dirt and sweat stains, so frequent cleanings are necessary to keep it looking its best. To take care of most everyday dirt and grime, give this his multi-step process a try.
You Will Need:
- Art eraser (white, NOT pink)
- Soft tooth brush
- White vinegar
- Soft white cloth (lint-free)
Steps to Clean the Watch Band:
- Start by rubbing away any dry stains with the pencil eraser. This works well for removing any surface stains that have not been absorbed by the leather. Be sure to use a white eraser, or you’ll be left with pink eraser stains on your watch.
- Next, soak the lint-free cloth in white vinegar.
- Wipe the watch band with the wet cloth, making sure you wet it evenly to avoid leaving streak marks.
- Allow the band to air dry.
- Once dry, use the toothbrush to gently lift the nap and restore the original look of the band.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Spot test for color fastness before you use the vinegar. Although it’s safe to use on most leathers, it can cause fading if the leather is not colorfast.
- For best results, apply a suede protectant before wearing the watch band again. This will help decrease dirt build up and lessen the number of required cleanings.