How to Clean Whoop Strap: Tips and Techniques
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Being a fitness strap, the WHOOP strap requires frequent cleaning for various reasons. This not only will prevent smell, but will minimize the chance of irritated skin and will prolong the life of your WHOOP strap.
In this article, I’ll explain exactly how I care for my WHOOP band and give you some first-hand tips to keep your strap in peak shape.
Let’s get to it.
Reasons for Cleaning Your WHOOP Strap
The durability and functionality of your WHOOP strap largely depend how well you take care of it.
Regular cleaning helps remove accumulated dirt, sweat, and bacteria that could interfere with the strap’s ability to function and affect the accuracy of the sensor.
On top of that, keeping your WHOOP strap clean helps maintain skin health, minimizing the risk of rashes or blisters.
Lastly, proper upkeep enhances the longevity of your device, ensuring that your investment remains worthwhile for longer.
How to Clean Your WHOOP Strap
This cleaning method applies to the strap itself as well as the sensor. If you have the WHOOP 4.0 model, the Fast Link Slider can also be cleaned.
- Take off the WHOOP strap and the Fast Link (if you have a WHOOP 4.0).
- Hand wash the items using a mild soap such as Dial, or any standard hand soap.
- Rinse the strap well to make sure there is no soap residue left.
- Either let it air dry or use a towel to pat dry the strap before putting it back on.
From experience, I can tell you these straps can get dirty really quick. For the best performance, I typically clean the sensor 2 times a week. This equates to once every 2-3 workouts.
Per WHOOP, the Superknit bands require special care. These should be washed with soap and water after about 3-4 uses.
Note: do not machine wash your WHOOP strap.
Tips to Avoid Skin Irritation and Dryness
When using the WHOOP strap, some people might experience skin dryness or irritation. To prevent this:
- Consider switching the strap to your other arm. This will not affect the accuracy of the WHOOP.
- If you notice your skin drying out, try applying a moisturizer to the area that comes in contact with the sensor.
- Don’t wear the strap too tight. Make sure it is snug, but if it’s too tight your skin won’t be able to breathe and you may develop a rash.
This is another reason why it is important to keep your WHOOP strap clean. A buildup of sweat or soap that wasn’t properly rinses off can irritate your skin, and in some cases, cause a rash.
Maintaining your WHOOP strap isn’t only about prolonging its lifespan, but also about making sure accurate data tracking and promoting skin health. Regular and proper cleaning is necessary for its effective operation.
- Always hand-wash your WHOOP strap and sensor with a mild soap.
- Regular cleaning, around 2-3 times a week, is advised for the sensor.
- Keep your WHOOP dry when not in use.
- Superknit bands require washing after about 3-4 uses.
- Switching the strap to the other arm or using moisturizer can help avoid skin irritation or dryness.
Ken is a Data Analyst in the Healthcare industry and the owner and sole contributor to The Wearable Guy.