How To Clean Your Electric Golf Trolley: Five Easy Steps

You may not have realized it, but it is important to understand that keeping you electric golf trolley clean is not just about ensuring it functions correctly.

Proper cleaning also leads to prolonging your electric golf trolley’s lifespan and ensuring your electric trolley is in good condition to operate safely out on the course. In this article we will:

  1. Provide a broad overview around the subject of cleaning your electric golf trolley.
  2. Provide a step-by-step cleaning process for you to follow.

If you want to clean your electric golf trolley to keep it in tip top shape, read on right until the end!

Electric Golf Trolleys And The UK Climate

Electric golf trolleys are specifically designed with unique features tailored to the needs of golfers. Keeping your trolley clean, however, will differ depending on the climate and terrain.

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Here in the UK, the weather conditions are extremely variable with plenty of rain and cold temperatures for your electric golf trolley to cope with. Typical golf terrain includes Parkland and Links courses where your trolley has to navigate terrain muddy and damp terrain. Compare this with playing on the flat lush fairways of Spain or Florida where the climate is dry.

Can Electric Golf Trolleys Get Wet?

Electric golf trolleys are robust enough to withstand light to moderate rain, ensuring they still operate in adverse weather conditions. However, when it comes to cleaning, you must be aware that hosing down or immersing your electric trolley in water can lead to long term damage, especially exposed electrical components.

It is vital to take precautions to prevent water damage to ensure your electric golf trolley’s longevity.

Pressure Washing: A Risky Business

While you may be tempted to use a pressure washer for a swift clean, it is a risky option for electric golf trolleys. Highly pressured water may strip away essential grease, damage your trolley’s paintwork, and even worst, damage key mechanical and electrical components.

Here at Electric Golf we avoid pressure washing and always opt for gentler cleaning methods that we will discuss in our step-by-step cleaning guide.

Essential Cleaning Supplies

To ensure the thorough and safe cleaning of your electric golf trolley, you will need to gather the essential cleaning supplies we list for you below:

  • A bucket of lukewarm water
  • A mild detergent like Fairy Liquid or a mild soap like Imperial Leather
  • A soft sponge to gently scrub the trolley
  • A damp cloth to remove dirt and grime
  • A dry towel or cloth to ensure no moisture remains
  • A soft bristle brush for hard-to-reach areas and detailed cleaning
  • A compressed air dust blower to blow out dirt and debris in hard to access areas
  • WD-40

Your 5 Step Cleaning Guide

Step 1: Preparation Before Cleaning

Before starting to clean, it is important to prepare your electric golf trolley properly to ensure that you can guarantee a safe and effective cleaning process:

  • Start by covering all sensitive parts including electrical components, connectors, the motor and cables to protect them from any accidental splashes of water or cleaning fluids. We would also recommend removing the battery. You can use tape or a cloth as effective cover.
  • Remove any loose items or accessories like scorecard holders and drinks holders from the trolley to make the cleaning process easier and ensure that less items risk getting damaged or wet during cleaning.

Step 2: Cleaning the Frame

The frame is the trolley’s main body and requires very careful cleaning:

  • Use your damp cloth you have wet with soapy water to wipe down the frame to remove any loose dirt or grime.
  • You will have already covered the motor and electrical components during this step as direct contact with water or cleaning fluid can lead to long-term damage.

Step 3: Detailed Cleaning

If you have stubborn dirt or areas which require a more thorough clean, the level of cleaning will need to be more detailed. For detailed cleaning, here at Electric Golf, we recommend the following process:

  • Use the lukewarm, soapy water with the soft brush to scrub away any dirt, ensuring the soap or detergent is mild to avoid damaging the surfaces of your electric golf trolley.
  • A compressed air dust blower can also be beneficial for cleaning as it blows away dirt or debris stuck in out of reach areas.
  • With your dry towel or cloth it is vital to dry all components thoroughly straight after cleaning to prevent any potential moisture damage .
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Step 4: Wheel and Axle Cleaning

The wheels and axles are vital for your electric trolley’s smooth movement out on the course and require particular attention when cleaning:

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  • Start with cleaning the wheels and axles with your lukewarm soapy water and soft brush to remove any dirt or mud stuck to them.
  • Make sure that you then dry all the wheel components with your dry towel or cloth.
  • Finally, apply a lubricant onto the wheels and axles with a high quality lubricant like WD-40 to ensures continued smooth movement and minimizing wear and tear.

Step 5: Post-Cleaning Checks

After cleaning, it is good practice to check your electric golf trolley to ensure it is in optimal condition. We would recommend focusing on:

  • Checking all the nuts, bolts, and screws to ensure they are tight and in place following the cleaning process.
  • Inspecting all the wiring and connections for any signs of wear or damage.
  • Ensuring the trolley is completely dry following cleaning and then storing it in a cool, dry place.


We hope that we have persuaded you on how proper cleaning of your electric golf trolley will help ensure both longevity and performance.

By following our five cleaning steps regularly, you will have a smooth operating and long lasting electric golf trolley that will serve you faithfully for years to come.

We have written a further resource with seven tips to keep your electric golf trolley in top condition.

Happy Golfing With Your Clean Trolley! The team at Electric Golf, the consumer A to Z of Electic Golf Trolleys


What kind of soap should I use for cleaning?

We recommend that you use a mild detergent like Fairy Liquid or a mild soap like Imperial Leather which you can use to create your soapy, lukewarm water. Always avoid using harsh chemicals.

How often should I lubricate the wheels?

It is best practice to lubricate the wheels after every few on-course outings, especially if the trolley has been used in muddy conditions.

How do I protect the electrical components during cleaning?

Cover any sensitive parts and cables, with either tape or cloth; you must avoid all direct water contact and use only mild cleaning agents.