How to Clean Your Apple Watch Ultra Without Damaging it

A close-up of two bandaged hands resting on a boulder shows Apple Watch Ultra worn on one of the wrists.

The Apple Watch Ultra is prone to accumulating dirt, earwax, grime, and other debris that can affect it’s performance. Here’s how to clean it safely.

Apple Watch Ultra is the most instantly recognizable wearable around. But as great as it is, it also get dirty fairly easily. Despite it’s ragged design, the Apple Watch Ultra is prone to accumulating dirt, earwax, grime, and other debris that can affect its performance. Cleaning your Apple Watch Ultra regularly is important for maintaining it’s appearance, functionality, and longevity. And while it may seem intimidating at first, cleaning your Apple Watch Ultra is actually quite easy and can be done without requiring any professional equipment. Follow the simple steps in this guide to clean your Apple Watch Ultra and keep it in good working order.

How to clean the Apple Watch Ultra

Before cleaning, remove your device from the charger and turn it off. If the Apple Watch Ultra is attached to a band that is not water-resistant, remove the band as well.

  • Wipe down the Apple Watch Ultra with a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth. Lightly dampen the cloth with water if needed, or hold the device under warm running water for ten to fifteen seconds.
  • Spin and press the Digital Crown under low-running, warm water to clear substances like dirt or lotion from the Digital Crown.
  • Dry the front and back of your Apple Watch Ultra using a dry, nonabrasive, lint-free cloth.

According to Apple, it’s completely safe to disinfect your watch with a Clorox wipe and certain alcohol wipes, but don’t introduce any other soaps or cleaning products.

How to clean the Apple Watch Ultra band

Apple Watch bands come at a variety of costs, from affordable to somewhat astronomical. Depending on how much you’ve invested in your particular band, it’s best to follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Silicone bands for Apple Watch Ultra

You can’t close those rings without breaking a sweat. Bands made of synthetic rubber or silicone are often marketed specifically for working out, so easy cleaning is made a priority. Water-resistant and sweat-resistant, these materials can be cleaned with soap and warm water.

  • For light cleaning, you’ll need to remove the band from your Apple Watch and wipe it clean with a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth.
  • For a deeper clean, simply rinse the band with warm water and mild hand soap.
  • Dry the band with a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth before reattaching it to your Apple Watch Ultra.

Nylon or braided loop bands for Apple Watch ultra

Nylon bands are great for sleep tracking but aren’t impervious to stains. Likewise, Apple’s Braided Solo Loop is made from polyester yarn braided around silicone thread, forming an eye-catching design that unfortunately also catches grime and dirt.

  • detach the band from the Apple Watch Ultra and wipe clean with a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth. If needed, lightly dampen the cloth with warm water.
  • If you own a loop band, some users suggest cleaning the intricacies of this band with a soft bristle toothbrush and warm water but do so at your own risk. Apple recommends only using a nonabrasive lint-free cloth, slightly dampened if necessary. Venturing from these guidelines may void the item’s one-year limited warranty.
  • Let the band air dry before reattaching it to your Apple Watch Ultra.

Leather bands for Apple Watch ultra

Leather bands are not water-resistant, so deep cleaning after a particularly sweaty session isn’t easy. Please note, you should not soak your leather band in water, and try to avoid external heat sources.

  • detach the band from the Apple Watch ultra and wipe clean with a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth. Lightly dampen the cloth if necessary but avoid focusing moisture too much in one spot. Some third-party retailers advise using warm soapy water on stains, though Apple doesn’t suggest it.
  • Let the band air dry before reattaching it to your Apple Watch Ultra.

Metal bands for Apple Watch Ultra

Metal bands can elevate your Apple Watch Ultra for special occasions or help you fit in with the office dress code. When cleaning these high-end bands, make sure your cloth is completely clear of dirt and debris to avoid scratching the metal.

  • Detach the band from the Apple Watch Ultra and wipe clean with a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth. If needed, lightly dampen the cloth with warm water.
  • Dry the band with a dry, nonabrasive, lint-free cloth before reattaching it to your Apple Watch.

See also: 18 Best Apple Watch Ultra Tips and Tricks of 2023

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