Our wristbands for Garmin fitness monitors are great value but you still want to get the maximum use out of them, keeping your favourite work watchstrap in top condition, or making sure your best Saturday night watchstraps lasts.
So here is a short guide on how to make sure your Garmin strap looks it's best and stays in peak condition to keep your Garmin securely on your wrist.
Keep it clean
Don't let workout sweat stay on it for too long. The salt can cause problems for the integrity of the strap itself, and can cause issues with the clasp. Don't let any chemicals or cleaning fluids stay on your Garmin watchstrap - our replacement straps are of excellent quality, but even high quality materials can be affected by abrasive cleaners or perfumes. Perfumes can contain oils that may alter the colour or integrity of your watchband.
Mind while you clean
Also If you are doing housework, either remove your Garmin or keep it covered with a sleeve - best practice for both your Garmin fitness monitor as well as your strap unless you have a screen protector and keep it protected with a pair of rubber gloves. The vigorous cleaning motion may cause you to knock your precious watch against something stationary, that would be a sad event so look after your Garmin watch and carry on monitoring your health.
Gently does it
Don't use any harsh chemicals to clean it! Keep it gentle yet affective with wipe over with a clean cloth and clean water. A castille soap and soft bristle brush can effectively clean out the buckle holes - a possible trap for bacteria or dirt.
Check it frequently for signs of wear. Weak points in the strap itself, loose links, misaligned clasp - anything that might indicate that something is starting to wear on it.
Not too tight
Don't over tighten on your wrist, putting undue stress on the strap itself or the clasp. As well as not being too good for blood flow! When choosing a replacement Garmin strap, measure your wrist and choose a strap that will fit perfectly on your wrist.
Not too hot!
Don't leave it anywhere it will be affected by extremes of temperature. Whilst it is on your wrist, it will be kept at a fairly constant temperature, most electrical equipment does need to be kept away from heat sources.
Use an appropriate strap for the activity.
A waterproof strap for swimming, save the metal and leather watchstraps for business meetings, nights out, or everyday wear. These styles of Garmin straps are not the best for high energy workouts or immersion in water, silicon is much more suited to a) keep your Garmin in the right place on your wrist and b) waterproof and snug fitting.
Don't let it stay wet
If you get caught in the rain, or if your go swimming in it, make sure you take it off your wrist and dry out thoroughly, this not only cares for your strap, it can help prevent rashes or other reactions with your skin.
Although these steps will take care of your watchstrap, another good idea is to have a spare strap to hand in case of any issues, so you can carry on monitoring your health stats - swapping the silicone for a leather one also gives your skin a well deserved rest, this can make all the difference to being able to keep monitoring your steps and heart rate all day and night.
Feel like you'd like to add more Garmin watchstraps to your collection? You are in the right place! Click on this link to see our range of new watchstraps for your particular Garmin watch...