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Fit and Care for Your Garmin Wearable

All Garmin wearables are designed for people who lead an active lifestyle, and they’re built with reliability, comfort and good looks in mind. To get the most out of your device, follow these tips to make sure your watch is fitted comfortably and cared for properly.

Wearing Your Device

Non-optical Heart Rate Devices

It is important to not wear your Garmin watch too tight. Wear the band loose enough so it can move back and forth on your wrist.

Optical Heart Rate Devices

Devices that feature an optical heart rate sensor benefit from a snug, but comfortable, fit for improved heart rate performance during an activity. Wear the band 2 finger widths above your wrist and remember to loosen it after each exercise.

Keep Things Dry

Prolonged exposure to moisture may result in skin irritation over time. Thoroughly rinse and allow your device to dry after exposure to sweat from a workout or water from swimming or showering.

Take a Break

Give your skin a break from long-term wear. Switch up the wrist you wear your device on as a temporary measure to help prevent skin irritation.

Caring for Your Device

Avoid exposure to the following chemicals to preserve the appearance of your device and to avoid possible skin irritation:

  • Bug spray
  • Moisturizing creams and lotions
  • Oils
  • Perfumes
  • Sanitizers
  • Soaps
  • Sunscreens
Silicone or TPU Elastomer Bands
  • Regularly clean your band by rinsing it with water. Allow the band to dry before wearing.
  • To remove a buildup of residue from lotions, sunscreens, bug spray, etc., use rubbing alcohol and a lint-free cloth, followed by rinsing with water. Allow the band to dry before wearing.
Leather Bands
  • Leather bands are intended for casual wear and are not recommended for vigorous activity.
  • To clean, wipe the leather band with a soft, clean, lint-free cloth. You may dampen the cloth lightly, if needed, to remove dirt buildup. Allow the band to dry completely before wearing.
  • Leather cleaners and polishes could cause discoloration.
  • Leather is a natural material that will take on a patina look under normal use.
Metal Bands
  • To clean, wipe the metal band with a soft, clean, lint-free cloth. If necessary, dampen the cloth with water. Allow the band to dry completely before wearing.
  • Do not use metal polish or abrasives to clean or refinish your metal band. Damage to cosmetic finishes may result.
Nylon Straps
  • To clean, wash the band in cold water. A mild soap may be used to remove stubborn dirt or stains. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water and allow to dry completely before wearing.
Watch Bodies and Modules
  • Use water to rinse off or a dampened lint-free cloth for cleaning.
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean debris away from charging contact points or cavities on the device.

Possible Skin Irritation

If you follow the above tips — and under normal conditions — you should not expect to have issues wearing a Garmin watch. If you develop an irritation, discontinue wearing the device until your skin has healed. Make sure you thoroughly clean your device and band following your respective wear and care tips. Consult a physician or dermatologist if symptoms persist.