Proper care of metal watch bracelets can significantly prolong their lifespan. Some bracelets, even if they appear to be stainless steel, can corrode and rust if it is not solid stainless steel. Others can appear to tarnish and the pins can rust. Fear not! As long as you take care of your bracelet, it can last you a very long time!
Gold and gold plated bracelets are most often safely cleaned with a soft damp cloth, using a very soft bristled brush as well, if necessary, then dried. This will help loosen and remove any dirt, dust, grime or perspiration that can build up along the surface and in any crevices. Silver and silver plated bands can usually be cleaned with a soft cloth, but if it has begun to tarnish, you can use a soft cloth, barely dampened with silver dip cleaner to help bring out the luster. Do NOT dip the watch as it may not be moisture resistant enough to withstand it. Then wipe down with a damp cloth , followed by a dry one. You can also use a silver polishing cloth as well.
Stainless steel and steel tone watches can usually be brushed down with a dampened soft bristle brush and soft cloth, as long as it is dried immediately after. Some watches are stainless steel, but treated to have another color, such as pink, black, yellow or even blue! These watches must be cleaned gently, with care to not scratch the surface. If it becomes scratched, the coloring will be removed, causing patchy-looking spots and many times, it cannot be repaired. For these, try to only use soft, dampened cloths, and dry with another soft cloth after. If you must use a brush, try to only do so from the inside of the band, the part that touches your wrist. If you must use it on the outside, use soft strokes in one direction, not pressing or scrubbing, with just enough pressure to loosen any grime. If a steel tone plated watch starts to corrode, unfortunately there is not much that can be done at that point, since the plating is coming off and usually the base metal is starting to deteriorate.