Smart watches are integral part of our active lifestyle. Smart Watches are not just devices to notify us of the time but also update us on your daily activities like, measuring our heart rate and number of steps.
Smart watches go where you go so it could be contaminated with various bacteria from different places like gym, office, and shopping malls. Smart wearables could be potential carriers of filth and germs if not cleaned regularly.
So how to keep them hygienic and clean from daily exposure to the world around us? Following are some tips to keep your Apple Watches and Fitbit hygienic and bacteria free.
Supplies you’ll need
- Water in a bowl
- Liquid soap (dish soap/ hand wash)
- White vinegar
- Microfiber cloth
- Coffee filter
- All-purpose leather cleaner
- Clean cotton sock
- Cotton buds (Q-tips)
First Step- Clean the Screen:
The screen of our smart devise are the most interactive areas thus making it the dirtiest. Wipe the screen firmly using microfibre cloth. Massage the microfibre cloth around the smart devices screen from all sides. You should never use chemical solvents on electronic screens as it might damage it.
If your device is water-resistant, and if you notice a lot of dirt residue that isn’t coming off with ease, you can dunk the smart watch in a bowl of lukewarm water and liquid soap. (1 drop of soap of 1 cup of water)
If you do not have a microfibre cloth, you could use a coffee filter and wet it with water. Gently rub the coffee filter on the screen and clean off any fingerprints or grime.
In extreme cases of dirt and grim accumulation, you could use a teaspoon of white vinegar into a half cup of water. Dab the clean microfibre cloth or coffee filter and softly massage all the edges of the screen.
Second Step- Clean your wristband:
Since smart watches can match your style and needs, cleaning of such smart devices bands depends on the material it is made of. Depending on the material the wristband is made of we need to use the right cleaning supplies and, in most cases, it can be cleaned with regular household items.
Detaching the band form the watch will make the cleaning process much easier.
Metal watch bands can be particularly hard to clean due to several chain links and gaps where the dirt and grime can get clogged up. Dip the metal band in a bath of liquid soap and water. This will loosen any grit trapped along the chain links. Brush the metal band with toothbrush to make sure all gaps are clean. Finish off by rinsing in warm water. In then end pat and air dry the metal band.
- Gold / Silver
If your band is gold coated or made of gold then you could use a small amount of toothpaste and brush gently with toothbrush to brighten it up. Read our detailed blog on how to cleaning silver bands.
- Stainless Steel
If your band is made of stainless steel then it is preferred to use a bit of white vinegar in a half cup of water. White vinegar will clean the band and remove all the grime. You could use toothbrush to brush out any build-up in the gaps and finish off with a quick rinse and drying.
To clean and protect your leather band clean it with a leather cleaner and conditioner. Conditioning leather band will keep its pristine and feel.
- For these steps to clean leather bands:
- Use a good leather conditioner that is ideal for distressed leather.
- Keep in mind to use a mild leather conditioner in order to avoid damaging it.
- One tip to keep in mind is to apply small amount on a particular spot to check if the conditioner is doing its magic and wont damage your piece.
- Use a clean cotton sock and dab a small amount of leather conditioner and rub it into the leather.
- Buff the leather piece with cotton sock.
- If there is no discoloration you can easily clean the rest of the band the same way.
As resilient as it might feel, a silicone band can be ruined easily by cleaning it with the wrong liquid. To avoid damaging your favourite coloured silicone band you should use the classic soap water solution.
Add a small amount of soap into a bowl full of lukewarm water. Rub the band while dunked in the bowl to clear off any dirt build-up or sweat marks. Rinse in warm water and pat dry to finish.
Third Step- Nooks and Crannies:
All the smart watches, fitness trackers or any other smart wearable device can get dirt and get grime jammed up along the edges and charging ports. To clean these tiny spaces, you should use cotton buds and alcohol. Rubbing alcohol will ensure the wearable is clean and hygienic.
Dab the cotton bud with alcohol to reach the spaces that are not accessible with fingers. To reach the hardest of spaces use a pin to scrap out any unpleasant sticky stuff that might build-up.
As much we like to take care of ourselves by keeping track of our steps or calories burned in a day we also need to give regular cleanse to our beloved smart wearables. Avoid delaying or taking long gaps in cleaning them as it might add up the grime and dirt.
Tips on how to keep your other devices clean head over to our blog to read on amazing tips and tricks on how take good care of your electronics. Cleaning is not supposed to be agonizing therefore at TidyChoice we help you deal with all your cleaning challenges how you want and when you want.