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How to Clean a Rose Gold Watch

A rose gold watch, made by elite brands like Omega, is an eye-catching accessory and one treasured by many; however, daily wear can cause your rose gold watch to lose its luster. While many items we use every day, like soap, lotion and creams, are good for our skin, they aren’t so great for our watches. These substances will lodge between the links of your watch, eventually turning to dirt and grime. Luckily, cleaning a rose gold watch, which is made from a combination of copper and gold, isn’t too tricky and can be done much the same way you would clean any other watch.

Daily Cleaning for Watches

For regular maintenance, invest in a jewelry polishing cloth, which you can use as often as you like. Look for one that is manufactured specifically for gold jewelry. These cloths are specially treated with chemicals that preserve the gold in your timepiece. When using your jewelry polishing cloth, do not to rub too hard; many rose gold watches are plated, and over-scrubbing may lead to the removal of some of the plating, creating patches or stain-type marks on the watch. In general, your polishing cloth should be used to take care of light cleaning. For a deeper clean you’ll need to do a bit more work.

How to Clean Your Rose Gold Watch

When a deep clean is in order, you’ll want to invest in jewelry cleaner. Again, use something that is marketed for gold when possible, as it is unlikely you will find something for rose gold specifically. If you don’t have a custom cleaner, you can substitute this for a combination of water and a mild detergent-free cleaner. Take the following steps to clean your rose gold watch:

  1. Before cleaning, put down a soft, cotton, lint-free cloth first, which you should work on top of — it would be a great shame to accidentally scratch your watch while you are cleaning it!

  2. Separate the watch band from the face. Even though many watches are water resistant, it is best not to risk it. Removing the band from the watch will give you peace of mind as you work with water and other liquids for cleaning.

  3. Follow the instructions on your jewelry cleaner, paying close attention to the amount of time recommended to let the cleaner sit on the watch. After applying the cleaner, you’ll likely begin to see grimy build-up come off almost immediately, as it settles onto the cloth below.

  4. When time is up, rub the watch gently with the cloth to remove even more dirt. To get the best clean, use either a soft bristled toothbrush or jewelry brush to get in-between the links.

  5. You may need to reapply cleaner as you work, depending on how much grime is trapped in the watchband.

  6. Once you feel that you have gotten out all of the dirt, run a damp cloth over the watch to remove any lingering cleaner, and then run another new, dry cloth to pick-up any liquid leftover on the rose gold watch band.

You may only need to clean your watch this deeply once every couple months, especially if you take the time to wipe it down in between uses. When wearing your watch, try to be mindful when you apply soaps and lotions to your hands, first removing your watch when possible. This will prevent a lot of gunk from getting into your watch in the first place. However, now that you know how to clean rose gold watches, you’ll be a pro at keeping your pieces looking shiny and new!