Wheelbarrows are a very handy piece of equipment to make maintaining your garden much easier. Not only are they handy for transporting and moving all sorts of outdoor materials, they are also designed to protect your back from heavy lifting and carrying, reducing the likelihood of injury. Find out how to maintain a wheelbarrow and protect it to ensure a long life in our guide below.

Give your wheelbarrow some much-needed TLC with some simple maintenance tips from the experts at WD-40®, to ensure your gardening ‘best friend’ is around for as long as possible.

Basic Wheelbarrow Maintenance

Smoothing Wheelbarrow Handles

The handles are very often the most overlooked part of a wheelbarrow, with the wheel and barrow traditionally being the prime focus for any related updates to your cart.

If you’ve noticed your wheelbarrow’s handles are getting rough, then get your sandpaper ready to give them a new lease of life and make them much easier on your hands! Alternatively, you can also occasionally run them down with linseed or any other type of oil, making sure that the handles are dry before storing.

Cleaning a Wheelbarrow

The barrow is the bucket of the wheelbarrow that is often the first to fall victim to dirt and grime from the garden, so it should be the first on your list for a spring clean. Why not start giving your wheelbarrow a basic clean after every use by scraping out any mulch or dirt.

Doing this will make for a much easier time when you do a thorough clean, where we’d recommend using a wire brush to scrub away tough dirt. You could even add some non-abrasive cleaning liquid into the mix, although you should always make sure it is dry before storing away.

Maintenance & Fixing Wheelbarrow Wheel and Axel

It is vitally important to maintain the wheel and the axle of your wheelbarrow. If both components fail, then your wheelbarrow will stop rolling – not doing its job properly. In order to keep your axle working effectively, all you need to do is give it a good squirt of an excellent lubricant. We recommend using WD-40®’s Multi-Use Product for lubricating your wheelbarrow. Using WD-40 will also prevent the axle and wheelbarrow from rusting, and also help to repel dirt.

You should also check you wheelbarrow tyre pressure regularly making sure it is inflated properly.

Rust Proof Your Wheelbarrow

Although a shed or garage is a prime location to store your wheelbarrow, we understand this isn’t possible. If you have to leave your metal wheelbarrow outdoors, you can protect it from rust with a quick spray of WD-40®’s Multi-Use Product to create a protective layer.


Make sure to repeat these steps every week to keep this handy garden tool in great shape. For more ways to look after your garden with the help of WD-40 check out our guides on Lawn Mower Maintenance and Cleaning Sprinklers. If you are wondering just what else WD-40 can do explore our round up of all the best WD-40 uses too!