Keeping your stroller wheels in tip-top shape
Been out on a great adventure but your pram wheels are resembling mud pies? Check out our top tips for cleaning them and keeping your stroller wheels in great condition for as long as possible. Just like a car, your pram requires regular maintenance to keep it in tip-top condition for as long as possible, you put your pram through a lot, it’s time to give it some loving back! When you think about where you’ve taken your pram, hygiene also plays a big part. Those wheels have likely come into contact with some questionable floors, and if you’re like me, you just wheel your pram straight on into your house after your day is done, yuck!
Where HAVE you been?!?!
Don’t let a bit of mud stop you exploring, you’re out there to have fun, but if your wheels are caked with evidence of your latest adventures, it’s time to take action.
The simple steps
- Remove all wheels from your prams frame. This should be rather easy, generally speaking, they can be removed by pressing a single release button. Refer to your prams user manual for how to remove your own.
- Head over to a large sink or bucket. Either in the laundry or head outside, this could get messy!
- Remove the bulk. If you're dealing with wet mud, take the bulk of the mud off with a damp cloth (microfibre cloths work really well) and repeat this process until most of the mud is removed.
- Scrub the wheels with a non-abrasive, soft bristled brush, in a bucket or sink filled with warm, soapy water.
When you’re done, make sure all parts are dried thoroughly before attaching your wheels again to avoid rust forming.
If you’ve been somewhere sandy, you need to take action as soon as you have some free time, sand gets EVERYWHERE and it’s not just reserved for beach trips either, sandpits are the major culprit. Brushing sand off is an easy way to get rid of as much of it as possible, but that pesky stuff can get into the smallest of places. Taking your wheels off and giving the wheel hubs (the part of the pram where the wheels lock into) a brush down too, is always a great idea to make sure there’s no sand lodged anywhere it shouldn’t be, waiting to wreak havoc on your prams ace turning skills.
Dealing with metal parts
Any chrome or metal parts can be cleaned as above with warm, soapy water and a soft bristled brush then dried and wiped over with a dry cloth. Avoid using polishers like WD-40, these can erode the plastic parts of your wheels and attract dirt if you use too much, the opposite of what you want!
The metal pins and connections which secure your wheels to your prams frame, should also be regularly maintained and cleaned to ensure your pram is operating as it should, using a silicone based lubricant is what you will need to get the job done here, and just a light application is recommended.
If you pram wheels are air filled (like our Comet plus) checking regularly for punctures and small holes is a must! Check the pressure too, and adjust accordingly. Depending on how you use your pram, air pressure will vary. Some users prefer 80% filled, to tackle rougher terrain easier, and others prefer them to be pumped up more. If you do find yourself with a puncture, heading over to your local bike store is a great idea. They will be able to advise on how to patch small holes or replace inner tubes if needed.
Solid tyres are mainly maintenance free, since they don't require pumping and aren't at risk of punctures, however they do need some loving too from time to time. Giving solid tyres (like those on the Babybee Rover) a wipe over regularly will extend their life. Checking for any objects lodged in the rubber is also a great habit to get into. Rubber wheels can have all sorts of little objects stuck in them from time to time. Gravel is a main culprit, as well as small sticks and other stones. Wiping the rubber over with a damp cloth takes no time at all, will keep your stroller wheels clean and will give you the chance to remove any debris before little hands find them first!
Cleaning your pram always seems like a big job but once you get into a regular maintenance routine, it can take no time at all and extend the life of your pram. Got more questions or want to chat about cleaning your babybee pram, with one of our pram experts? There’s no such thing as a silly question, and we’re always happy to help. Just send us an email or message us on Facebook.