What To Do When Your Leather Watch Strap Starts Smelling Bad?

Are Leather Straps Waterproof?

Although our actual watches are watertight, leather watch straps aren't waterproof- this includes any genuine leather straps. Genuine leather strap, just like any other natural product that acts like skin, are porous and will never be completely waterproof or water resistant. 

Water can damage a leather strap; it'll stain or discolor or deteriorate prematurely if you do get it wet so we recommend to always brush off dampness after contact with liquid. Use a soft, absorbent cloth to pat dry your leather strap and let it air dry naturally. If you would like to speed up the drying process, try using a hair dryer! 

How to deal with Leather Strap Smelling Bad?

If you’re wondering how to stop your leather watch strap from smelling, your first step is to probably give it a break. Because it is so skin-like, leather absorbs the sweat and dirt that are inevitable when you wear it regularly. And like your skin, leather watch straps need to breathe. If you don’t let it breathe, the pores in the leather may trap odors. Sometimes, all your band needs is a little time to chill out. Leaving it on your nightstand overnight should do the trick. It's also a good idea to take your watch off when bathing.

If letting your watch strap breathe doesn’t eliminate the odor, it may be time to clean your strap. We recommend reading the article on how to clean your leather watch straps.



May 25, 2021 — Adeline Low