How To Clean Your Electric Scooter

How To Clean Your Electric Scooter

In this article we focus on cleaning the electric scooter for adults and will answer two questions that a lot of people ask.

Can I wash my electric scooter?

Can I ride my electric scooter in the rain?

Its inevitable, at some point you will be cleaning your scooter or be riding and it will start to rain so what do you do?

Basic common sense says doing regular maintenance and keeping your scooter clean prevents the build up of dirt and dust in parts that can be effected e.g. braking system, drum brakes, levers, brake calipers, scooter tires, wheel bearings, shock absorbers etc. This prolongs the life of the scooter and will save you money over the long term. If you are also able to do some DIY  electric scooter maintenance like checking tire pressure, adjust brake levers etc this will also save you money in the long run and ensure your escooter runs optimally.

And when you happen to be riding home and its starts to drizzle, do you take your jacket off and try and protect your scooter from every drop falling. Lets face it if electric scooters are so sensitive to a bit of rain, what’s the point right.

So does this mean you can put it in the driveway get a bucket and soap turn on the hose and wash the scooter?

The answer to this is Yes and No. Typically the higher quality top spec units won’t have a problem as they have been designed for more serious use. For the lower priced and lower quality branded e-scooters you can still wash the scooter but be prepared to buy a new unit. The easiest way to find out is to ask the scooter manufacturer or retailer. 

So how do you know which e-scooter you have?

It’s going to get technical, and if that’s not your cup of tea you can skip this section and go straight to the how to clean my electric scooter section.

The answer however lies in what they call an IP rating and we will explain.

IPX RATINGS & WHAT THEY MEAN

Lets start with the obvious; what is an IP rating?

An IP rating is an acronym for an Ingress Protection mark, sometimes referred to synonymously as an International (or Internal) Protection mark. IPX Ratings usually have a two-digit grading system that’s applied to the enclosure of a mechanical or electrical item, giving customers a clear indication of the item’s resistance to various types of unwanted intrusion.

The reason for having a universal IP rating system is so that buyers and users can be confident of how safe it is to use certain electrical or mechanical goods in specific environments and applications.

In this case cleaning electric scooters or using them in the rain.

In general, an IP rating will consist of two digits, occasionally followed by a letter denoting specific materials, hazards or testing scenarios. The most common way you’ll see such a rating given will be in the format ‘IP43’, ‘IP67’, ‘IPX6’, or similar.

The first digit will be a number between 0-6 or a letter X, and indicates the degree of protection from ingress of solid objects (the user themselves, and other potentially harmful particulates such as dust or dirt).

The second digit in an IP rating will be a number between 0-9 or a letter X, denoting the quality of resistance to moisture ingress at varying intensities, angles, depths and pressures of exposure or immersion.

Where you see an IP rating given as ‘IPX7’, ‘IP5X’ or similar. The difference between an IP rating and an IPX rating is more straightforward than you might think.

Ratings that feature an ‘X’ somewhere in the code simply denote that a numerical rating has only been provided for one of the two main ingress types (foreign body or moisture), but not for the other. Hence IPX7 will indicate a moisture resistance rating of 7, but no assigned rating against foreign body ingress. Conversely, IP5X will mean the product has been coded 5 against foreign body intrusion, but no certified level of moisture resistance is stated.

That’s as technical as we will get. Typically good quality electric scooters will have an IP rating between IP54, IP55, IP65, & IP67. What does that Mean? See the table below for an explanation of each. Where can you find them? IP ratings are found on the components effected e.g. batteries  

IP Rating

Description

IP54

Partial protection against dust and other particulates, such that any ingress will not damage or impede the satisfactory performance of internal components.

Protection against splashing water from any direction, tested for a minimum of 10 minutes with an oscillating spray (limited ingress permitted with no harmful effects).

IP55

Partial protection against dust and other particulates, such that any ingress will not damage or impede the satisfactory performance of internal components.

Protection against low-pressure jets (6.3 mm) of directed water from any angle (limited ingress permitted with no harmful effects).

IP65

Full protection against dust and other particulates, including a vacuum seal, tested against continuous airflow.

Protection against low-pressure jets (6.3 mm) of directed water from any angle (limited ingress permitted with no harmful effects).

IP67

Full protection against dust and other particulates, including a vacuum seal, tested against continuous airflow.

Protection against full immersion for up to 30 minutes at depths between 15 cm and 1 metre (limited ingress permitted with no harmful effects).

 

So before you take to your scooter and start spraying pressurized water, make sure you check the IPX ratings first. The last thing you want is water getting into the scooter batteries or electric components. 

To be on the safe side if you can’t find the IP ratings check with your supplier or follow some basic instructions below on how to clean your electric scooter.

 How to Clean Your Electric Scooter

Unless your using the escooter for off road and not typical urban running it’s unlikely that the scooter will have mud and grime in hard to reach places, so generally you will only need to address the build up of dust and dirt. You should make washing your scooter a regular thing at least once a month to ensure there isn't a build up of dirt and grime. 

Cleaning your scooter equipment you will need:

  • Old or new long bristle paint brush
  • Spray water bottle
  • 2 x microfibre cloths
  • Warm water and / or cleaning solution 

Most of the time you will only be focusing on the front or rear wheel, brakes and deck area, it will be unusual that the handle bars and LCD & controllers will get that dirty. However:

Step 1

To clean handle grips, LCD and controllers we recommend using a damp microfiber cloth and give them a wipe over.

Step 2

Use the dry paintbrush to quickly brush over the scooter tires, wheels, hubs, brake calipers, brake pads and brake discs just to get the excess dirt and brake dust off. Make sure you check the battery charger port is closed and sealed.

Step 3

Fill the spray water bottle with warm water, you can ad soft cleaning solution like dish liquid for stubborn dirt. be careful of chemicals come into contact with terminals they may start to corrode over time and this is when you run into problems. Spray the deck area, scooter tires, wheels and brakes, effectively washing the wheels 

Step 4

Use one of the microfibre cloths to wipe down the deck, electric scooter tires, wheels and brakes. If there is stubborn or dirt in hard to reach places with the cloth then dip the paint brush into some warm soapy water and dislodge the dirt with this, then wipe over with the wet microfibre cloth.

Step 5

Use a dry microfibre cloth the go over the components again. Don’t leave them to drip dry or in the sun to dry, the water marks over time will leave stains.

Step 6 – Optional

This is generally a good time to do some escooter maintenance by checking bolts, screws, cables, lights, disc pads, for tightness and movement. Additionally a great opportunity to check recommended pressure in tires if they are pneumatic.  We won’t go into escooter maintenance within this article.


So in answering the 2 questions stated at the beginning:

Can I wash my electric scooter?

The answer here is yes, we recommend the 6 steps above but depending on the IP rating of you e-scooter then you may be able to hose it down.

Can I ride my electric scooter in the rain?

Again the answer to this is yes, whilst it become hazardous in wet conditions, generally your scooter will be able to handle a bit of rain

 

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