The right care for suede straps

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Suede or velours is usually more sensitive than smooth leather. Here you find how you can protect your suede watch strap longer against dirt and wear with the right care.

Whether watch strap, shoes or belt, an accessory made of suede has a particularly high-quality effect and at the same time feels exceptionally soft on the skin. Light color suede in particular is also more susceptible to external influences such as dirt particles and liquids. It therefore makes absolute sense to treat the surface of the strap or accessory with a suitable impregnating spray before wearing it for the first time. Not only do liquids pearl off, but there is also an invisible protective barrier against other stains.

With the impregnating spray for suede leather you should pay attention to the following points:

  • They spray should be transparent so that the spray is suitable for all colors
  • It should be optimized for suede so that the rough surface does not stick

The impregnation can be repeated at will, depending on the stress because no protective layer lasts forever.

 

Care for suede straps when the watch strap has been damaged

Whether it’s an eccentric party or an excursion into nature, the suede leather can quickly be exposed to a little more stress and can also easily become dull or lose its colour intensity.

In such cases it is best to slightly roughen the surface of the strap with a soft suede brush. Such brushes are used, for example, to clean suede shoes. With great care you can also use a conventional soft brush to gently roughen the suede. This usually helps to remove dried dirt particles from the leather.

In more persistent cases a leather cleaner will help, which is suitable either especially for suede or for all types of leather. Such cleaners are usually designed for shoes, but can of course also be used on your strap. In some cases they already have a brush to work in the cleaning fluid when roughening. We recommend that you remove the strap from your watch before cleaning it. It also makes sense to test the colour stability of the cleaning agent on a small part of the inside of the strap.

Unless otherwise recommended, you can gently rub the detergent out with a moist cloth. This minimises the risk of water marks forming. After the leather cleaner has been removed as thoroughly as possible and the suede is dry again, you should impregnate the strap again. We recommend that you gently roughen the surface before you start, so that the result is even better.

 

A fresh stain on the suede and no time?

You’ve probably heard it before: the most effective way to treat fresh stains is to treat them immediately, without the stain having time to dry. Since the right leather cleaner is often not available at short notice in such exceptional cases, we have put together a few well-known tips to help you remove the new stain quickly and easily.

  • Dry shampoo absorbs fat excellently and is colour neutral in most cases. After the stain has been treated with the spray, the shampoo can easily be brushed off gently.
  • Sprinkle either baby powder or potato flour on a greasy spot and allow it to react for some time. The flour can be gently brushed off afterwards.
  • So-called dirt erasers help to remove dried stains even on suede.