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How to Clean a Rolex Watch: The Ultimate Guide

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A Rolex watch is a worthwhile investment, but they require a little extra care. Cleaning your Rolex should be done with diligence and caution. However, it doesn’t have to take a significant amount of time to perform.

The cleaning process itself is fairly easy. Just make sure you’re cleaning it the right way to prevent from damaging the different materials that it has on it.

Since each Rolex is different, it will require a customized cleaning pattern to make sure the watch shines as well as it should. Here’s how to clean a Rolex and have it looking like it’s brand-new.

1. Wash Your Hands, Ready the Water

Before you go putting your fingerprints all over the Rolex to clean it, you need to make sure your hands are free of any germs or unwanted substances.

To start, be sure to wash your hands using the 20-second rule to ensure that no germs will spread. As you’re doing that, make sure to fill up a large bowl with warm water (not hot) and soap.

It’s vitally important that you make sure the soap you put in the water is ammonia-free. Ammonia can be harmful to the diamonds and different materials that your Rolex has on it. In some cases, it can lead to discoloration.

Also, be careful not to overdo it. When it comes to how much soap to put in, the smaller amount, the better.

2. Start Applying the Water to the Rolex

Once the water is ready and shows a few bubbles from the soap, start by making sure that the crown of your Rolex is completely screwed down. If not, you risk water getting inside of the watch.

Next, scoop some of the water from the bowl into your hands and make sure it isn’t too hot (you’ll know if it is). If the water checks out, then start applying it onto the Rolex watch. Do not dunk the watch into the bowl.

If it’s been a while since the Rolex has been cleaned, you should notice some dirt starting to come off as you apply the soap water. Make sure it seeps in between the tough-to-reach areas.

3. Scrub the Surface

Make sure that you have a soft-bristled toothbrush on hand so that you can scrub at the different crevices in the Rolex that you have. Make sure to apply some force as you do so, but not so much that the bristles are being pushed out to the side.

The toothbrush helps get between the diamonds on your Rolex, as well as the different designs and grooves it has. 

As you brush at it, be sure to dip the toothbrush in the bowl of soap water every so often to ensure a thorough cleaning throughout. Slowly make your way from the face of the watch around to the other side, cleaning both the top and bottom.

Once you’ve gone all the way through, be sure to inspect the watch and see if you need to give it another once-over. If you feel confident in the job you’ve done, then you can move on to the next step!

4. Run It Under the Sink

After you’ve thoroughly scrubbed through the Rolex with a soft-bristled toothbrush and soap water, it’s time to rinse the watch under lukewarm water.

However, you also want to make sure not to sit it directly under the sink, as that might invite unwanted water into the inside of the watch. Try to tilt the watch so that the water is running off the side as you rinse it. That will avoid direct contact.

Make sure to continue rinsing it this way until you don’t see any more bubbles within the grooves of the watch. Remember, it’s very important not to scrub the watch with your hands. Let the water rinse off any dirt that you might see.

5. Dry the Watch Off

For this step, you must have a microfiber cloth handy, not a regular hand rag. Microfiber cloths offer a deeper and safer cleaning for your Rolex watch.

Gently place your Rolex watch down on the microfiber cloth, taking the corner of the cloth to lightly dab at the watch. Try your best to refrain from scrubbing the watch to dry it. 

Take about 2 to 5 minutes to gently dab all over the Rolex, drying any beads of water that you see along the way.

6. Daily Upkeep

Of course, this isn’t the only time that you should prioritize cleaning your Rolex. If you take a few seconds after wearing it, you’ll find that you have to use soap water less often.

Try taking a microfiber cloth to the Rolex after you wear it to avoid buildup and dirt from collecting on it. You’ll also want to keep the Rolex wrapped in a microfiber cloth when it’s being stored away. 

That way you can protect it from germs, dirt, or dust from getting on the material and affecting its aesthetic.

How to Clean a Rolex: Efficiency and Care

Now that you’ve seen how to clean a Rolex effectively, it’s time for you to prioritize the cleanliness of your prized possession. If done often enough, this cleaning routine will keep it shining for years to come.

Be sure to read this article for more tips on how to wear jewelry (such as your Rolex) the right way.

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