Staying fit and healthy is essential for the quality of life. However, not everyone has the willpower necessary to dedicate an hour or two of their time to exercise. Physical activity is often tiring, sometimes boring. It is also not always easy to keep track of your progress. But technology comes to meet us, thanks to some extremely interesting accessories. Let’s talk about wrist trackers, which act as small portable personal trainers. And in the next, we will see the process of cleaning a fitbit band.
Steps for cleaning a fitbit band
They implement very useful functions, such as the heart rate monitor and the step counter. They are very useful devices for fitness and can also monitor the sleep cycle. The fit bit is one of the most famous and functional. And besides being useful, it can also be a fashion accessory. Mount various straps of different materials.
The fit bit can be fitted with a strap made of leather, elastic material, canvas or even metal. For each of these, different cleaning methods are recommended. Elastic straps are the easiest to clean. Water is usually sufficient to remove sweat and faint streaks. We could also use a soft toothbrush, in case the dirt is a little more resistant. If we want to use a detergent, choose one without soap. There are several on the market, such as Aquanil. A leather strap, on the other hand, is a little more delicate. It can be cleaned with water, as long as you dry it immediately afterward. We use a soft, lint-free cloth.
Clean metal bands
The fit bit exists primarily to help those who train regularly. But we can wear it and monitor the body even outside of training. In this case, a metal strap can transform the fit bit into a more elegant accessory. To clean this band, we use soft, new, lint-free cloth. We can moisten it with a little water or a product suitable for cleaning metals. After cleaning, we will immediately dry the strap. Depending on the type of metal, excessive humidity would cause damage. It could also dull the metal of the band.
Clean textile straps
A textile strap can be hand washed with a very mild detergent. If the mesh of the fabric is similar to canvas shoes, we might use a toothbrush. The important thing is that the bristles are soft. After washing, we let the band air dry. However, let’s not expose it to direct sunlight. We will thus avoid discoloring the strap, fading it. Substances such as body lotions and perfumes could also fade a fabric band. We are therefore careful not to expose it excessively to these products. We remind you to clean our straps frequently, preferably after each workout.
Wash a band with the integrated emitter
A group of heart rate bands in which the emitter or pickup cannot be separated from the belt. Some of the best known are the Garmin HRM-Run, Garmin HRM-Tri and Garmin HRM-Swim, specific for running, triathlon, and swimming. There is usually some confusion here because it is easy to think that the HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim belts can be put in the washing machine since they are designed to work underwater.
However, Garmin does not recommend machine washing these types of belts, so it is worth following the handwashing method: they will be perfect without affecting their performance.
Suppose you use the band in a pool or open sea. In that case, it must be taken into account that it will have traces of chlorine from the pool or salt from the seawater that is very corrosive. It is necessary to carry out a more thorough cleaning with enough cold water and soap to remove them completely.
A few more tips for maintaining your heart rate tape
A good trick is to finish cleaning the band of the heart rate monitor with distilled water to remove any dust that may be left on the sensors. You will have a heart rate monitor for years.
Another very practical way to keep the heart rate monitor band always clean is to shower with it after training. Make sure to turn it over when rubbing, so it wipes on both sides. Then you can leave it hanging on the shower screen for a few hours to dry.
How to dry and store the pulse band?
To finish, we leave you some more recommendations that will help you keep your heart rate band always in perfect condition:
- When you put the heart rate monitor band to dry, avoid direct exposure to the sun, as the band’s material will gradually degrade.
- Never use the iron to finish drying the tape. The materials that compose it are not prepared for it.
- To save the heart rate monitor band, do not bend it too much and even less roll it. The best place where you can leave it is hanging on some type of hanger to be as stretched as possible.
- As the last maintenance tip, whenever your band allows it. Remove the transmitter when you do not use it. It helps to increase the life of the battery.
We always store the fit bit in its case if we have it. Keeping it away from dust and direct sunlight will keep it intact much longer.