What is the recommended method to care for my Garmin Premium Heart Rate Monitor?

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01/08/2013

The Garmin Premium Heart Rate Monitor (Soft Strap) is much like any soft fabric. In order to be at its best performance, it must be cleaned. Not washing the heart rate monitor (HRM) on a consistent basis can cause sweat and salt to build up on the strap. An increased build up of either can decrease the ability for the strap to report correct data.

The method of cleaning is determined by the markings on the strap (located on the strap next to the left hand skin contact patch):

Machine Washing (filled bucket with 40°):


For soft straps with a machine washing instructions, follow the recommended cleaning and care criteria for the heart rate monitor:

  • Remove module and fasten the clasp before washing
  • Place the soft strap heart rate monitors in the washing machine with a regular load of laundry
  • Placing the strap into a washing/protective bag is highly recommended to prevent the strap from getting tangled
  • Run the washing machine on normal cycle with cold or warm water (40ºC/104ºF Max.)
  • Use only a small amount of mild detergents, without color fasteners, softener or bleach
  • Do not allow chemicals (including sunscreen, bleach, ammonia, mosquito repellent) to contact the heart rate monitor

Hand Washing (image with a filled bucket with a hand entering the top):


For soft straps with a hand washing instructions, follow the recommended cleaning and care criteria for the heart rate monitor:

  • Remove module before washing
  • Hand wash in cold water
  • Use only a tiny amount of mild detergents, such as dishwashing liquid.
  • Never clean the accessory using a washing or drying machine

To prolong the life of the HRM, follow the recommended suggestions below.

  • Never place the accessory in a drying machine
  • Store strap lying flat or hanging
  • Avoid bending or rolling strap tightly
  • Keep out of sun for long periods of time
  • Wash at least every 7 uses

The above recommendations can also be reviewed on the HRMcare document.

Referenced Link:

HRMcare document - http://static.garmincdn.com/pumac/HRMSS_Care_ML12.pdf

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