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    Best way to clean white stitching?

    Hi everyone, I recently took my Damasko DA37 on Hirsch Tiger strap to a lakeside vacation. The watch and strap both held up very well swimming in the water, but the white stitching has discolored a bit and is now beige, not white.

    I tried using tap water and a bit of hand soap and it helped but not completely. Is there a good way to clean white stitching? I'm wary of using bleach for obvious reasons. If it's just wear and tear I can accept that, just wondering if someone has a suggestion. Thanks and happy Labor Day!

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    Re: Best way to clean white stitching?

    Here's what I did on a Breitling white stitched strap. I took sneaker cleaner and a touch brush. I supplied a light amount of water warm To the tooth brush and put the white sneaker cleaner directly on the tooth brush. I scrubbed with little pressure and touched the leather as little as possible. I think rinsed the tooth bruised and lit the sneaker polish sit for about 3 mins. I then took of the whit smear polish with a wet toothbrush. I put leather conditioner on the strap just to be safe. This brought a throw away Breitling straps from a 4 to an 8 out of 10.
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    Re: Best way to clean white stitching?

    Quote Originally Posted by CastorTroy3 View Post
    Here what I did on a Breitling white stitched strap. I took sneaker cleaner and a touch brush. I supplied a light amount of water warm To the tooth brush and put the white sneaker cleaner directly on the tooth brush. I scrubbed with little pressure and touched the leather as little as possible. I think rinsed the tooth bruised and lit the sneaker polish sit for about 3 mins. I then took of the whit smear polish with a wet toothbrush. I put leather conditioner on the strap just to be safe. This brought a throw away Breitling straps from a 4 to an 8 out of 10.
    Sneaker cleaner is a good idea! I was not even aware of it. I'll give it a shot and see how it goes. Thanks!

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    Re: Best way to clean white stitching?

    Interesting idea. Let us know if it works for you.
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    Re: Best way to clean white stitching?

    my kid uses this stuff on his sneakers, leather safe and seems to do a good job:
    8 oz. Premium Shoe Cleaner | Jason Markk Premium Shoe Care

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    Re: Best way to clean white stitching?

    I bought the sneaker cleaner at footlocker. Nothing fancy and it is safe to use on leather.

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