It probably didn’t take long for the Jetson Ryder to win you over: This is one electric scooter that’s comfortable for cruising—and super-cool to own. As such, you’ll want to take good care of it, and that includes keeping it clean.
Welcome to Ryder Cleaning 101.
Why to clean your scooter
We’ve got three good reasons why you should keep your Ryder clean.
- It’s a seriously good-looking scooter. Heads probably turn whenever you ride by on your Ryder—that’s how striking it is, with its perfectly perched seat and sleek storage basket. It’ll always draw attention, but more so if it looks shiny and fresh.
- It’ll ride better—longer. Build ups of dirt and grime can cause deterioration of the frame, damage to electrical systems, and corrosion that compromise functionality. Properly caring for and cleaning your scooter is an investment in its lifespan.
- It’ll ride safer. Safe scootering requires a scooter that’s in tip top shape. That means keeping wheels and brakes clear of debris, avoiding rust and decay on hardware, and preventing moisture and dust from getting into electrical components. Cleaning plays a huge role in that.
When to clean your scooter
Start off on the right foot by giving your Ryder a cleaning as soon as you get it set up—particularly if any residue has been left on the product from the packing and shipping process.
Then, if you want to clean your Ryder every day, we’re on board with that. Cleaning it more frequently makes for easier, faster cleaning, since gunk and grime are harder to deal with as they build up.
At the bare minimum, though, you’ll want to give it a freshening up:
- After long rides
- Following any exposure to elements: puddles, mud, sand, etc.
- When riding or storing your Ryder near the seaside—where air can be salty
- If wind stirs up dust and debris near it.
- After long periods of storage
How to clean your scooter
Here’s how to keep your Ryder clean:
- The deck – There are three ways you can remove dirt from the deck.
- Use a piece of grip tape cleaner (used on skateboards, and sometimes referred to as “gum cleaner” and “sand belt cleaner”) like an eraser. Rub it over soiled areas.
- Wipe soiled areas with a damp microfiber cloth and then follow with a dry one.
- Using gentle pressure, scour soiled areas with a synthetic-bristled scrub brush in a circular motion.
- The frame and seat – Gently wipe with a damp cloth and then follow with a dry cloth.
- The wheels – Check for debris (leaves, grass, gravel, etc) and remove any that you find.
Just as important as what you should do is what you should not do. Using the wrong method or materials to clean your scooter can cause damage of its own.
- Never hose it down or spray it with water – Water and moisture can do damage to the battery, wiring, and lights—and cause rust.
- Always scrub or wipe gently – Using forceful “elbow grease” can lead to scratch marks or ruin the paint coat.
- Do not use heat – Never use hot air to dry your scooter, as heat and batteries don’t mix well.
- Never disassemble your product to clean “inside” of it – If something’s wrong internally, reach out to us! We’ll help get to the bottom of it.