See the bottom for an update on what the stain might have been caused by.
I'm disappointed to find that there's nothing I can do (that I know of) to restore my Apple Watch Sport's white band to its formerly clean state. Somehow, it became slightly purple in one area. I'm not sure how things have added up, but I'll state the facts:
- My watch arrived only less than a month ago on June 1, 2015.
- Usually, I wash with water, toilet paper, and a microfiber cloth, and everything comes out just fine.
- I wanted to wash it today. Here's what I used and what happened:
- First, rubbing alcohol with a blue microfiber cloth => the back of the longer piece of the band started barely turning purple.
- Next, water using my thumb under the faucet => the purplish hue came off, but the toilet paper I placed it on began to look very purple.
- Next, toilet paper => that paper became purple as well while I rubbed the back of the band.
- I flipped over the band, and the front had a purple stain.
- I used water => it didn't go away.
- I rubbed with toilet paper => a gray line appeared across the purple stain.
- I used water and toilet paper and rubbed quite a bit => the streak left, but the stain remained.
- I finally tried the blue cloth, my thumb, and even the alcohol => the stain remained.
I'm frankly concerned that this thing will never come off. I did research on Apple's policy on returning bands, etc., and though I need to confirm, it sounds like any discolored or warped bands will not be accepted for replacements.
Note that the texture of the stained part of the band now feels different from that of the rest of the band, almost like it's more rough. Also, the other half of the band, which was very dirty, washed off just fine with only water and a microfiber cloth.
Here are some pictures of the stain (see descriptions for more details):
The stained half of the band, with the purple stain circled in red.
The original photo of the stain edited for contrast. The purple stain is clearly visible here. (Note: The only editing done here was lighting and contrast changes that can be done in the Photos app on the iPhone. I did not Photoshop this or alter the stain itself, etc.)
Update: I just realized something that may help get the stain off. I never got the chance to follow bmike's advice; I will likely ultimately follow it, but for the time being, I was hoping that this might help find something that I can do myself to clean it.
Check out this photo:
I do a lot of handwriting. Yes, that is my pinky, covered in pen ink, which turns purple when there isn't a thick layer but a thin one over it. Coincidentally, my watch band was stained purple. It adds up to suggest that it's a pen ink stain, which I doubt is more temporary than permanent.
Thus, I suppose my question has changed:
Is it possible to remove pen ink stains (just a typical black ballpoint pen) from a white Apple Watch sport band without damaging it? If so, how? Or is it wiser to just take it in to Apple and see what they can do to help?