If you use a stroller for your baby, please remember to clean it often. Know-it-alls will insist on safety, weight limits, storage compartments, but how to clean a stroller is also good advice anyone will give you.
The last thing you want is passersby giving you the side glances of displeasure and disapproval as you stroll with your baby down the block in a not-so-fresh buggy.
While strollers allow you and your child to do some fun stuff like treat him/her to some snacks as you catch some fresh breath, they tend to get dirty when those juice spillages, crumbs, and sand nestle their way into the recesses of the stroller, staining the fabric. Children also love stickers, but these, too, tend to stick on the fabric and turn everything into a bloody mess.
But a parent’s schedule is a busy one, and sometimes such tasks pile up; quick hacks that will get a buggy looking spotless in a short time could come in handy, and here’s a look at such simple steps on how to clean a stroller in a short time.
What Cleaning Products Are Suitable For Your Stroller Cleaning?
Since your child is young and spends a lot of time in that stroller, you should avoid harsh chemicals. Use mild disinfectants for the rims while on the fabric, experienced mom’s say a mix of vinegar, baking soda, and dish soap is baby-safe:
· Mix about a cup of baking soda, a quarter cup of vinegar, and a dash of dish soap in a bowl using a little brush.
· The final cleansing mix should be watery at the top and a bit pasty at the bottom.
Start with the fabric
Deal with the mess on the entire seat fabric, canopy but avoid taking the stroller apart. For busy parents, there’s more important stuff to do than finding all those stroller parts that could get lost, plus there’s the hassle of reassembling the stroller after cleaning and drying it up; so tedious!
Remove crumbs and loose dirt – Remove those pieces of dry food and leaves using a hand brush. Pay attention, especially where the back and the bottom of the seat meet as crumbs tend to nestle their way here. For efficiency on how to clean a stroller, you can use your vacuum to suck the cereals, raisins, and other smaller debris away quickly. Remember to vacuum more over the storage baskets and pocket.
Hand washing vs. machine-washing – Choose a method recommended by the manufacturer, not all removable seat fabric and canopy are to be machine-washed, you may void the warranty if you go against the manufacturer’s recommendation. To hand-wash, use a soft towel and the baby-safe cleanser to give the canopy and entire fabric surface a blitz. In machine-washing, don’t machine dry afterward.
Hose it down – Set the stroller outside and then use a hose water pipe to wet it entirely and rinse off any soap residue. Let the pressure send the water into the deep recesses of the fabric to pull any grime away. You can also dump water on the entire stroller using a water bucket if you do not have a hose water pipe.
Deal with the stains and mold – If after hosing it down, you can still spot stains, use a stain removing spray, a soft fabric brush or toothbrush to give stubborn satins a blitz. Strollers can take the scrubbing, so don’t shy off targeting stains. The same goes for molds: take the stroller outside so as not to inhale the spores then scrub them off using the vinegar, baking soda dosh soap mix.
Steam and Polish the Frame
After giving the entire fabric seating surface and canopy a blitz, move to the metal and plastic parts that make the frame. Some frames have a foam padding so pay attention here too:
· Start by inspecting if levers, adapters, and moving parts function correctly.
· Remove any debris, dry leaves, hair, and dirt from the parking brake and test if it locks the wheels securely.
· Steam and polish the frame to a spotless shine making sure to remove any hidden debris.
Disinfect and lubricate the wheels
Stroller wheels are expected to be extra dirty, so you are going to have to disinfect the rubber surface. Scrub the sand and dirt from your stroller tires using a brush then clean the rims using the mild disinfectant. Points to note here on how to clean your baby stroller:
· Check if the wheels are still in tip-top condition
· For air-filled tires, check the pressure to make sure the tires are well inflated.
· For non-pneumatic tires, inspect the thread integrity, ensuring there’re no holes and stuff that would cause trouble.
Using a dry towel, get rid of any excess soap and water, then put the stroller and any detached fabric in the open air to dry. On a nice warm day, everything will be dry in just a few hours.
Maintenance and Storage
While it’s mostly the sand and snacks that make strollers dirty, storage places matter too. If not stored in a safe spot, chances of rust and mold formation are high. Here are the key points to note when it comes to putting your stroller in storage locations:
1. Disinfect and deodorize before storing – before storing, spray a disinfectant on the fabric and frame once more then deodorize using a nice-smelling spray.
2. Always ensure stroller is dry before storing to prevent mold and rust formation
3. Store in a safe spot – Not too hot for the plastic pieces and not too damp for mold formation. Room temperature will do. You can hook it up and away from rubble using utility hooks. For storage locations near windows, cover the stroller to keep off dust and sun that may fade away fabric colors.
Lastly, don’t stack other items on the stroller during storage.
Last tips, apart from baking soda, you can use lemon juice and salt on those molds. For light or white fabric, a mix of chlorine bleach in water will do the trick. Also, use the manufacturers recommended cleaning method on how to clean your stroller to avoid messing up the warranty. Keep your buggy spotless and brilliant then, won’t you?
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