How do I properly remove scratches from my stainless steel Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch is an extraordinary piece of technology, packing a tiny computer system into a chassis the size of a few coins stacked together.

But, being made of stainless steel, the Apple Watch is also prone to scuffs and scratches, a natural form of wear that adds to the authenticity of the material itself. While it's not possible to remove the scratches themselves, with the right solution, some tools, and a bit of patience, your timepiece will look its best.

What you'll need

  • A microfiber cloth (for cleaning)
  • A J-cloth or other disposable cloth (if using polishing cream)
  • One to two Q-Tips or other cotton point
  • A polishing solution, such as Cape Cod Metal Polish pre-soaked cloths or a cream like BlueMagic.
  • Paper towel and/or latex gloves

How to clean your Apple Watch

  1. If you plan to wear gloves, which we recommend, put them on.
  2. Remove the band Apple Watch using the two buttons on the underside of the casing.
  3. Hold side button and turn off Apple Watch.

  4. Clean the exterior of the Apple Watch with a microfiber cloth.
  5. If using pre-soaked pads, gently glide it over the Apple Watch exterior, taking care to spend extra time on places with more scratches.
  6. If using polishing cream, apply to disposable microfiber cloth and apply a small amount to the Apple Watch, using same technique as above.
  7. Take a Q-tip and clean up around the Digital Crown, ensuring that there is no cream lodged in the cracks.

  8. Rub microfiber cleaning cloth over surface of Apple Watch to clean polish residue.

To give you a good idea of how well this works, the left side of my Apple Watch is how it looked before polishing, while the right side has been fully buffed and polished.

That's it! Your Apple Watch should look considerably more polished, with a new shine and fewer visible scratches.

Your turn

What have you done to keep your Apple Watch clean? Any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments!