Processes for Exterior Watch Maintenance


Just as important as the products you use, equally important are the processes.  The right products used incorrectly can yield harmful results.  WristClean’s processes greatly reduce the chances of scratches by recommending best practices when it comes to watch cleaning and care.

Use of Microfiber and Brushes

  • Use of Microfiber Cloths
    • Use sparingly and with great judgment when using on dry, satin surfaces (not highly polished) to clean light smudges, fingerprints, etc.
    • Never ever use on your watch’s highly polished surfaces without cleaning your watch first or spraying or foaming the microfiber cloth first.
    • Wash microfiber by hand or by machine without the use of softener or dryer sheets. They will clog the pores of the microfiber essentially making them ineffective at cleaning.  Line dry or dry by machine.

While it may be tempting after handling your watch to use a microfiber to wipe its surfaces, this should be avoided on highly polished surfaces, while judgment should be used for satin finishes.  Satin finishes are more forgiving to light impurities and a cloth can effectively remove impurities without harming your watch surfaces.  Sometimes the slightest particle on a highly polished surface can scratch if a microfiber cloth wipes it across its surface.  Our recommendation is to use microfiber only on highly polished surfaces after cleaning the watch to effectively remove all impurities.  For light maintenance, such as fingerprints and smudges, you can use with judgment microfiber on satin finishes.

  • Use of Watch Brushes
    • Never ever use your watch brush without wetting it first.
    • Never ever use your watch brush without spraying or foaming your watch with WristClean’s watch cleaner first.
    • Use sparingly and only when needed. Otherwise, use your fingers to gently massage the watch surfaces with watch cleaner.
    • Use brushes on areas that are not highly polished and only if needed, on areas that are highly polished.

WristClean watch brushes are very soft.  However, like anything when additional tools and products are used, risk increases for additional micro-marring.  In addition, when using watch brushes, it is absolutely imperative to wet the bristles so they become even softer.  By spraying or foaming your watch with WristClean’s watch cleaner first, the cleaner protects the watch surfaces by acting as a “lubricant” to the surfaces.  The soft, wet bristles will safely whisk away and remove particles and impurities between crevices of your watch.  To the contrary, without wetting the brush first or using watch cleaner, if you had used a dry brush on a dry surface, you run significant risk of the bristles dragging impurities and particles across highly polished surfaces leaving a trail of swirls.