Are you new to wooden watches and don’t know how to care for them? Or are you thinking about getting a wooden watch, but are unsure how to maintain it the right way? Don’t worry, taking care of your natural wood watch couldn’t be simpler! This quick guide will walk you through the best ways to keep a wooden watch in pristine condition for years to come!
Avoid Getting Water On Your Wooden Watch
Rule number one, water and wood don’t mix well. Because all wooden watches are made from natural and untreated materials, they are not usually waterproof and require a little more care, than a standard watch.
Unless otherwise specified, you should handle them as normal, but definitely don’t intentionally expose them to any damp conditions for long period of time.
Seems like a lot of hassle to keep your wooden watch dry and take good care of it? Not, really! A drop of water here and there won’t destroy it!
Yes, you can wash your hands while wearing your lovely wooden watch. Yes, a little rain won’t hurt it. Nor will an occasional sweaty wrist… You can still enjoy wearing your watch in the summer!
Keeping your wooden watch away from water means that you shouldn’t get in a bath or shower with the watch still on your wrist.
Wood floats, but it won’t help your buoyancy in the swimming pool either, so take your wooden watch off if you are going for a dunk. It’s pretty straightforward and requires only a touch of common sense.
Rub Your Wooden Watch With A Cloth
Give a miss all the standard cleaning products. To maintain the natural look of your watch and take care of it properly, a little drop of olive oil and lemon juice on a paper towel will do the job!
Just rub the towel gently on the wooden surface (face and strap) and then use another clean piece to take off any remaining oil residue. Beeswax, lip balm or even a dab of hand moisturiser will also do!
Giving your wooden watch a little oiling from time to time will provide the best conditioning for the wood it’s made from, while also give it an extra barrier of protection from daily wear and tear.
Treat The Leather With Some TLC
Taking care of your wooden watch doesn’t stop at the wood only!
If your wooden watch has a genuine leather strap, it’s important to wash it every so often to remove any dirt, sweat residue or other environmental particles from the surface of the leather to keep it like new for longer.
To clean the leather strap, firstly detach it from the watch face. You can do it easily by pressing the metal joints that attach it to the dial.
Once you removed the strap from the watch, you can use a dry cloth to wipe the strap clean and get rid of any particles that might scratch it, when you move onto the next step of cleaning it.
Next, use a damp cloth to wipe the strap again. Remember, don’t make it too wet – leather doesn’t like water, so strictly avoid dunking it in liquid! A damp cloth with a little bit of gentle soap will be enough to clean the strap.
After the soaping, take another clean, damp cloth to remove any soap residue from the surface of the leather. Gently rub the leather with a cloth until all the soap is gone and leave the strap to dry completely.
When the leather strap is completely dry, you can apply some leather conditioning product to a fresh cloth and work it in the strap’s surface.
After that, wipe it down with a clean dry cloth and you should see the results of a refreshed and soft leather strap.
Keep Your Wooden Watch From Extreme Temperatures
Protecting your wooden watch is especially important in hot summers and cold winters.
Because the wood reacts to extreme temperatures by expanding in hot and shrinking in cold environments, make sure not to leave your watch behind on the car dashboard in full sun or in the glove box when temperatures plummet to freezing.
Treat your wooden watch and care for it like a child or favourite pet – you wouldn’t leave them behind!
Borderline temperatures can cause cracking of the wood, make it dry out and age before its time, so always store your wooden watch correctly.
Protect Your Watch
We know you will be wearing your wooden watch all the time because you love it so much! But when you do take it off, don’t throw it on the coffee table or in your suitcase, when on holiday! Take care of it properly!
Wood is prone to scratches and chips when rubbing against metal or other harder materials, that’s why it’s good to have a carry case or box to put your watch into… Luckily all if our watches come with one, so you don’t have to go out of your way to find a suitable one!
Whether it’s the standard cardboard box or premium wooden one, your watch will be safe inside it whenever you are not wearing it on your wrist. Make it a part of your routine at night and you will be able to keep your wooden watch scratch free for a long time!
Your Wooden Watch Can Change Colour – And It’s Absolutely Normal!
There’s no question about it – a handmade wooden watch is a true fashion accessory for men and women alike. It stands out in every way, including the way it ages over time.
Don’t worry, if you see your watch changing colour – the wood will soak up your natural oils and adjust to its wearer. The aging of wood is a beautiful process and with a little helping hand from you, it will make your watch more and more unique every day. Just show it a little tender loving care and you will have yourself a watch for a lifetime!