Cleverly engineered for function and durability, all of our Mountain Buggies are designed to enable parents to live a life without limit. With well considered designed from frames to fabrics ensure simplicity from the road to the washing tub. As parents ourselves, we are no strangers to the thrills and spills that parenthood brings. We get many queries from mums, dads, grandparents and caregivers alike. From 'how do I clean my fabric? How do I stop my brake from clicking? How do I clean my wheels? We'd like to share with you some tips and tricks based on some of the top 3 questions we get around care and maintenance.
While our main fabrics are not machine washable due to the buckles and harness set, they are super easy to remove and clean with a mild detergent and a gentle hand wash.
- Rinse thoroughly and DO NOT tumble dry or dry in strong sunlight
- Make sure the fabric is completely dry before putting into storage
- Don't dry fabric in a hot water cupboard
- To avoid the fabric fading when not in use, ensure you cover the buggy if it is exposed to direct sunlight through glass (e.g. in a car or if stored in exposed areas)
Top tip: liners can make day to day cleaning easier and removing a liner to wash is a lot less time time consuming than removing and washing a complete fabric seat. From ice cream to milk, muddy shoes and everything in between no doubt you and your buggy will see it.
Tyre care and maintenance
Questions around tyre care are one of the most popular questions we get. Air filled tyres contribute greatly to the feather-light handling and unparalleled manoeuvrability of Mountain Buggy. However, if you don't maintain tyres to specification, it can affect the performance of your buggy and may result in frustration and hair pulling on your part.
All buggies comes with an instruction manual which states the correct pressure limits for your model (if your instructions have been misplaced, you can find them on the support section of our website ). This is generally 20-22psi max and should always be done manually (not at the petrol station!) to avoid over inflation which can cause permanent damage to your wheels.
- As rubber heats up it expands which means that leaving or storing your buggy in a hot, temperate environment (e.g. by a heater, in the boot of your car or conservatory) can cause permanent damage. It can cause the air in the inner tube to swell, bulging the inner tube or in extreme cases causing irreparable damage to the plastic rim
- Your buggy may not arrive to you with fully inflated tyres - we recommend you check the tyre pressure before you use your buggy
- Invest in a pump, preferably one with a gauge to reach the correct PSI, is an inexpensive and worthwhile investment
Top tip: the maintenance of pneumatic wheels do not fit everyone's lifestyle. So we have an aerotech wheel option which is compatible with some of our Mountain Buggy range.
Squeaks and rattles?
Anything with moving parts may need a little lubrication from time to time; much like your car will, and your buggy is no different.
- If the buggy is used in exposed environments such as salt water, salt spray or beach sand you will need to wash any steel parts of the buggy. You can do this by hosing the buggy or using warm soapy water
- Dry thoroughly and protect by spraying with light aerosol can oil - e.g. silicone based lubricant or household Vaseline which will repel dirt and grime
Top tip: Avoid using lubricants like WD40® or CRC® as these can attract dirt and grime, in turn clogging up the area and may cause further issues.
Always check your buggy for cuts and bruises. If your product is damaged in any way, or you're not sure how to use it, refer to your user manual for care and maintenance!