Muc-Off Foam Fresh conquers the pong of well-used shoes, gloves and helmet liners.
If you ride in all weathers the constant drying and soaking means your kit is pretty soon going to smell like damp dog. My shoes can practically walk themselves to the cupboard.
Cleaning specialists Muc-Off have this Foam Fresh which is intended to clean and deodorise soft materials, helmet pads, gloves, shoes that kind of thing. As you can probably guess by the name it's a foam in a pressurised can which you literally squirt on the offending item and it gets to work straight away breaking down dirt to be wiped away. If its really grubby I found it useful to give it a bit of a helping hand by massaging in the foam with a couple of fingers.
Those seriously offensive shoes I mentioned earlier took a fair few doses of the Foam Fresh to make a dent in the smell but it was amazing how clean the heel cup and insole came up and the citrus fragrance eventually overpowered that smell of wet canine. Prevention is better than cure though, and I've found I can keep my shoes whiff-free by giving them a squirt of Foam Fresh whenever they get wet, and leave it to soak in as the shoes dry.
It also works well on gloves, especially full fingered winter ones which can cause your hands to sweat if its just a couple of degrees too warm. A quick blast inside is enough to keep them fresh.
Avoiding constant washing of your kit is the real main bonus of using the Foam Fresh which in turn should increase its life. A quick blast of foam to armpits and necks of waterproof jackets or jerseys means you not needing to re-proof them as much thanks to keeping them out of the washing machine.
At £7 for a 400ml can its more expensive than Fabreze but Muc-Off Foam Fresh cleans as well as masking the smell. Even with the initial dousing of those shoes the can still feels at least half full so a quick blast here and there as a preventative measure should see it last for months.
Easy to use kit cleaner and deodorizer to avoid those whiffy helmet gags.
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Muc-Off Foam Fresh
Size tested: 400ml
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Aimed primarily at cyclists with smelly kit but it could be used for any soft fabric that is dirty and needs a good clean. It works well cleaning and leaving a nice citrus scent.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It certainly cleans your kit with very little help from you.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The citrus smell is nice.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Admitting your kit stinks and you need it in the first place.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 35 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Ribble Winter Trainer for commuting, Genesis Flyer My best bike is: Sarto Rovigo
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.