Riding a stroller is a great way to connect with your kid and the world around you. You get to enjoy some fresh air while exploring your surroundings.
However, no matter how careful you are, you are likely going to return home with a stroller that is covered in dirt and grime. And that’s just because of their nature and the type of passenger you carry with them.
Most of the time, it’s usually an unholy mess created from all the munching and “pooing”. At the end of the day, you are left with a stroller of dirt that needs a lot of wiping.
Cleaning your baby’s stroller is not only necessary for your child’s health and safety, but also for the longevity of the ride.
Below is a guide to follow in order to clean a stroller the right way.
Getting Started How To Clean A Baby Stroller
The stroller is a collection of various parts put together to make it a whole tool used for navigation. In order to keep the device in a good state and ensure longevity, it’s very important to clean and maintain the device regularly.
While each stroller might be different in some ways from other strollers, the method of cleaning is generally similar.
Below are the steps you should follow when cleaning your baby stroller.
1. Check The Device Manual
Each stroller usually comes with its own user manual which contains information about the tool.
This might include things like how to clean the device and how to dismantle the parts.
It’s always a good idea to check out the stroller’s manual so you can know how to dismantle the parts before you start cleaning.
In a case where you don’t have the owner’s manual anymore, you can check out the manufacturer’s website for specific instructions on how to take the stroller apart.
Remember, this is not the point where you actually disassemble the stroller. We just want you to get things ready. Usually, you would have to get your tools ready first.
2. Get Your Cleaning Materials
Before you actually start taking apart a stroller, you should first gather everything you need for the cleaning. The cleaning products usually include:
- A mild soap
- And a vacuum cleaner (if you have one)
It’s extremely important to use cleaning products that would be gentle on the child’s skin. So make sure you go for soaps and detergents that are child-friendly.
Also, it’s a good idea to use warm water.
3. Dismantle The Parts
After gathering all the things you need for cleaning, the next thing on the line is to dismantle the stroller. This involves taking apart the device into various components. This usually includes the canopy, fabric, tray table, wheels, handlebar, and so on.
This is where you need to refer to your user manual on specific instructions on how to dismantle the stroller. This is extremely important especially if you have no previous experience.
Most user manual usually contains information on how to dismantle certain parts for cleaning. So check it out or look up the company’s website or any other useful resource online such as videos on how to carry out this step.
4. Before You Commence Cleaning
Before you commence with the actual cleaning, it’s always a good idea to start with the basics. This will make things easier as you proceed.
Get your brush and start brushing off any left-over food, leaves, lint, and any other kind of debris. Try to get to every corner, especially the base of the seat.
For those areas that are difficult to reach, you might want to use a vacuum cleaner to suck out the dirt in those places. This will make it easier for you to wash off the fabric.
After you complete this step, you can now start with the actual cleaning of the stroller.
5. Time to Wash
The first part you want to look into when cleaning a stroller is the fabric because this is usually the hardest part to clean. Unless it’s clearly stated in the stroller handbook, you must not wash the fabric with a machine.
Some fabrics may swell and change dramatically when exposed to a lot of water. Usually, these kinds of fabrics are either heat-treated or flame retardant.
This makes hand cleaning the best option.
To clean the fabric, if possible, separate the cover from the foam or padding, and clean separately.
The next thing to do is to soak the fabric in lukewarm water. This will help get out any embedded dirt that was not removed by the vacuum making it easier to wash the fabric later. You can soak for 10-20 minutes.
If there are a lot of stains on the fabric, then you should consider soaking it in a mixture of warm water and baking soda instead. Here, you might want to leave it for an hour.
After soaking the fabric, the next thing you want to do is to scrub the material lightly. Make sure you focus on the stains while doing this. Avoid using an inordinate amount of detergent for this purpose as it may later cause irritation to your baby’s skin.
Once you are done scrubbing the fabric, the next thing is to dry it. Avoid using a dryer for this purpose. Instead, spread or hang it somewhere to dry under the sun.
The Metal Parts
You can start by cleaning the wheels as they are likely going to have more dirt.
Clean the tires properly using a mild soap. Make sure you get rid of any dirt or debris that might be stuck in between. You can use a brush if needed, just to ensure that there’s nothing left behind when done.
Next thing is to start cleaning the metal parts. You can use a soft cloth for this purpose.
If you want the parts to shine and maintain the luster, then consider using baby oil too. Don’t use water to clean the metal frame to prevent rusting. Instead, use coconut or baby oil. They do better at removing grime and dirt.
Also, endeavor to check the brakes and wheels. Make sure they can move without producing a screeching sound. Get rid of any dust or dirt on the brake by wiping.
The Plastic Parts
The next part to clean is the plastic parts. Wash carefully and thoroughly with water using a hose or by pouring directly. Unlike metals, plastics don’t corrode when you expose them to water.
So you have absolutely nothing to worry about. You can use as much water you like as long as you do a good job.
6. Assemble The Parts Again
Now it’s time to put everything together again with all the screws and knots in place.
Check the fabric to make sure it’s properly dried before putting it back. The last thing you want is a smelling cloth. In fact, such a fabric can cause damage that is difficult to repair.
Finally, you should test the stroller to ensure it’s in good working condition. Once you confirm this, you can put your child back in and then let the fun continue.
To wrap it up,
Hopefully, now you know how to clean a stroller the right way. We advise doing this a couple of times every year even if you don’t use it occasionally.
Remember, you might not be able to prevent your little champ from being messy, but you can prevent him from riding in a messy stroller. Right?
Follow the steps above to give your baby stroller a good wipe anytime.