Cleaning a stroller is an activity that must be done regularly by any responsible parent, because a stroller is a vehicle that circulates outside and transports little beings that may do some incredibly messy things. So, consider scheduling a seasonal deep cleaning, or do it every time it is necessary.
Most of the time, vacuuming the stroller and using damp cloths to clean the metallic components is enough. Make sure that you are using an adjustable nozzle and insist on pockets, storage compartments and the area where the back meets the seat, in order to remove the crumbs that easily hide there.
However, vacuuming is not everything, so you should not neglect doing a deep cleaning once in a while. Your kid’s health will appreciate it, because strollers and toys are germ-breeding grounds that may threat your child’s safety.
Ideally, deep cleaning your stroller should be done in an open space, so you can do all the required tasks. If you have a garden and a hose, it is perfect. If you do not, go out in nature, in a park, find a discrete place near by a natural or public source of clean water and make sure you bring with you some of these things: cloths/ rags, sponges, a brush, dish washing detergent, non-chlorine bleach, soap, baking soda, a disinfectant solution and plastic bags to store the used things before throwing them to the garbage bin.
A really deep cleaning will take some time plus the time to dry, so make sure you have the energy for this task.
- If you still have a manual that came with your stroller, read the instructions to determine whether the fabric seat cushions are removable and whether they can be washed manually or automatically.
- Start disassembling the parts and put away toys, cup holders and snack trays, as you will clean them separately.
- Wash the seat fabric, the basket and the canopy with soap, dishwashing detergent or some other gentle detergent. Use a sponge and/ or a brush to scrub, and then rinse with clean water. Leave them in the sun to dry.
- Use an all-purpose cleaner, sponges and cloths to clean the metal and plastic. Insist on the very dirty or sticky areas and use some baking soda or other solution to scrub.
- Clean around the wheels, pump the air tires if you have them and use some silicone spray or other lubricant to improve your stroller’s performance.
When they dried, re-assemble the parts and… ta-da! You have a fresh shiny stroller again.
If you are in the middle of the cold season and cannot perform all these tasks outside, you can do them at home, although the lack of space will create some inconveniences and discomfort.However, you can at least wash the soft parts of the stroller manually or in the washing machine and leave the rest of the maintenance for the spring.
- Cleaning Toys
Plastic toys should be sunk in water for 15 minutes and scrubbed with soap and a brush, to kill the germs. Allow them to dry and wipe them with a non-toxic, disinfectant solution. As about the stuffed animals, you can place them in a pillowcase and wash them on the gentle cycle.
General tips and warning
Do not use bleach or toxic cleaning products and always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Go through these cleaning steps 4-5 times a year, and your stroller will remain in great condition. If you must fight some not-so-pleasant smells in your stroller, wash the fabrics with detergent then soak them in a solution mad out of water plus a generous amount of baking soda, for 15 minutes, then rinse them with clean water.