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Cleaning Nylon Watch Straps 162

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Cleaning Nylon Watch Straps
« on: August 09, 2019, 11:38:02 PM »
This is something I’ve been messing about with for a few years now. I’ve tried all sorts of different ways and ruined a fair few straps though chemicals, heat and plain old wear (through using the wasing machine).

6 Months ago I hit on this for the watch straps, the straps I have cleaned during this time are as good as the day I got them.

Let me now what you think,


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Re: Cleaning Nylon Watch Straps
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2019, 11:56:49 PM »
That looks like a good way to clean them. Just curious...have you ever tried an ultrasonic cleaner?

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Re: Cleaning Nylon Watch Straps
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2019, 12:07:39 AM »
That looks like a good way to clean them. Just curious...have you ever tried an ultrasonic cleaner?

Yes I have. But my US only gets used on firearms now.  This is such a cost effective way and also environmentally safe as well.

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Re: Cleaning Nylon Watch Straps
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2019, 12:54:03 AM »
Nice!

Would you be able to substitute malt vinegar if you don't have citric acid, do you think? Maybe it would be too strong....

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Re: Cleaning Nylon Watch Straps
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2019, 11:26:07 AM »
Nice!

Would you be able to substitute malt vinegar if you don't have citric acid, do you think? Maybe it would be too strong....

Not Malt! that stinks. Vinegar is also quite a bit stronger and starts bleaching any colour out of the nylon. A handfull of times its ok, but after that they start fading badly. It’s good for cleaning showers though :)

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 13,899 Hidalgo, Castillo del Hook
Re: Cleaning Nylon Watch Straps
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2019, 12:29:45 PM »
Not Malt! that stinks. Vinegar is also quite a bit stronger and starts bleaching any colour out of the nylon. A handfull of times its ok, but after that they start fading badly. It’s good for cleaning showers though :)
Thanks, makes sense

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Re: Cleaning Nylon Watch Straps
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2019, 02:13:02 PM »
Ok an update, I found the nastiest most honking strap I had. Here are the before and after pictures.

Before


After

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