Knowing my girlfriend wanted to start monitoring her fitness activity with a wearable, I decided to buy her a pink Fitbit Flex as a Christmas present. It’s one of the few trackers which has app support on a Windows Phone (she owns a Lumia 1020) and I just knew she’d love the bright coloured design. After unwrapping, she rushed to her laptop to get it all setup and within minutes she was wearing it excitedly on her wrist.
By the next day, we were both shocked to see that the pink strap had started to go black on the edges. We think her black coat has rubbed against the Fitbit Flex and the dye has discoloured the band.
Just how dirty is it?
Inside the box you get two band sizes, small and large. As she only wears the small band, I’ve photoed the used Flex against the the pristine, practically untouched, larger size, so you get a picture of just how grubby its become in 10 days.
What do Fitbit recommend?
To clean a Flex, Fitbit recommend some tough scrubbing with soap and water. A soft bristled toothbrush can also do the trick for stubborn stains. Though its worked for some users this hasn’t worked for us.
What else have we tried
The stain we’ve got on this Fitbit Flex is one tough mother to take out. We’ve tried a few recommendations from around the web which have worked for others but I think a dye stain is near impossible to remove. Here’s some ideas you could try if soap and water do nothing for you.
- Nail varnish remover (Both with/without acetone)
- Cif (Good enough to clean kitchens with!)
- White spirit
- Anti-bacterial handgel
- Stationery rubber
- Eraser pens
Don’t get me wrong
The Fitbit is an amazing piece of tech. Zoey has really enjoyed using the device to track her activity and sleep. It’s just a shame when a fashionable product becomes dirty so quickly. It becomes slightly off-putting to wear in situations where you want to dress smart.
Will the Fitbit Surge and Charge get as dirty?
It’s difficult to know whether Fitbit’s 2015 releases will stain as easily as the Flex. They’re manufactured with flexible elastomer material in their strap just like the Flex so its possible. One thing to note is that the colour variants of the newer releases aren’t vibrant and bright like the Flex range, meaning dirt won’t be as visible. The only exception is maybe the tangerine coloured Fitbit surge.
Look on the bright side
It’s the vibrant coloured straps which are reported to be the worst offenders. As a short term fix, we’ve decided to buy a darker coloured strap which should make any stain less visible to see. We found them on Amazon pretty cheap starting at $2
Have you had any success cleaning a brightly coloured Fitbit wearable? Please share your tips in the comments below so we can help others keep their wearables looking great.