How to Clean a Stroller | Consumer Reports

How to Clean a Stroller | Consumer Reports


See Joan? She’s Consumer Reports’
stroller expert. Joan tests a lot of strollers
and says most seat covers are not machine washable. As a mom, she knows it’s
tempting to clean with abandon, but you might void your warranty
if you use the wrong cleaning method. We think you should keep the
seat cover on at all costs, mostly because it’s a pain
to take it off and put it back on correctly,
unless, of course, it’s the trifecta of messes,
meaning you can’t wipe, scrub, or vacuum that mess off. Also, try to avoid
taking the frame apart. Busy parents have
more important things to do than find all of those
little parts that could get lost. Plus, reassembling it can
be a lot more complicated than it looks. Crumbs are easy. Suck up crackers, cookies,
and other crumbly snacks with a vacuum or stiff brush. The basket can hold a collection
of fine crumbs and other treats from baby plus dirt and
dust from the street, so don’t forget to wipe it
down and give it a good vacuum. For spots more
serious than crumbs– whatever they may be– spot clean the fabric with
a drop of liquid detergent in warm water. Joan says use terrycloth. It has texture to
help you scrub, but it’s not rough on
the stroller’s fabric. Dip the cloth into your
water and detergent solution. It should be wet but
not sopping or dripping. And here’s some stroller
detailing tricks. A skewer is a perfect
tool for dirty crevices, and a soapy toothbrush gets
into nooks and crannies. How about wet crud
like that yogurt that barely saw your child’s mouth? Well, try and to scrape
off as much as you can. If it’s not too gross,
let the stuff dry. It’ll be even
easier to scrape off without the worry of smearing. After scraping, work in a little
soap and water, then blot dry. You can use your
damp, soapy cloth to freshen up handles, plastic
parts, straps, and pads, too. And finally, wipe
the wheels down. If you’ve got squeaky wheels
you can hear over your child’s screaming or laughter, check
the owner’s manual for specifics on how to grease them back up. Now that your child’s
chariot is freshened up, enjoy today’s adventure. For more expert advice
on strollers, car seats, and other baby gear,
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About the Author: Michael Flood

8 Comments

  1. Eh. An air compressor and steam cleaner worked best for my needs. Few nasties can hold up to 100 PSI and blistering hot water vapor.

    In terms of the mechanical side: I always lubricated wheels and moving parts with either candle wax or a food grade (non-toxic) lube like Fluidfilm.

  2. How the hell do you people think people are cleaning their strollers with? Chainsaws? Sand blasters? This is just common sense, not "tips". Everybody does this anyway. What a waste of time.

  3. Thanks I learned nothing. Also, for mold you need to wash it in the washing machine on delicate. If it says machine washable I would wash it.

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