Cleaning your stroller is one of those things that you know you should do but might not have a clue how to do it properly. So, we’re here to help!
We’ll go over the basics of what you need to know before cleaning an entire stroller – from when to do it to how to get the tough stains out. Keep reading for all the tips and tricks you need. Happy cleaning!
1. Disassemble as many parts as possible
To clean your stroller, start by removing the sunshade, if possible. You can usually do this by unzipping it and pulling it off. Next, remove the basket from the bottom of the stroller. This is done by lifting it out or detaching the clips that hold it in place.
Finally, remove the straps from the stroller.
If you can’t remove a part for cleaning, try to clean it as best as you can. For example, you can try to wipe down the fabric stroller seat with a damp cloth. Be sure to pay attention to how the plastic components and wheel release mechanism fit together so you can put them back together again. Once you have the stroller as clean as possible, let it air dry by placing the parts outside or in a warm area, or attach a fan to help speed up the process.
Try not to use harsh cleaners on your stroller, but if needed, test any cleaning product you’re using on a small section of the fabric before applying it everywhere. If possible, avoid cleaners with chlorine bleach and opt for something mild instead.
For tougher stains, make a paste out of baking soda and water and rub it into any stained fabric areas before wiping it off with a wet cloth. Also, try to find a cleanser that’s specifically made for cleaning all the fabric surfaces.
2. Use a hose to spray the items
You will need to hose it down really well to clean your stroller. This will get all the loose dirt and grime off of it. Make sure to get all the nooks and crannies, as well as the wheels and fabric. Make sure you have a towel or sponge handy to wipe down the wheels and avoid getting any soap on the rubber.
Be thorough in your cleaning to keep your stroller fresh and new again.
3. Rub the fabric with hot soapy water
When cleaning your stroller, you’ll want to start by scrubbing the fabric with warm water. I find that using a homemade laundry detergent or OxiClean works best, but any kind of laundry detergent should do the trick. Be sure to use a soft sponge or rag and rinse it out frequently, getting more hot, soapy water on the fabric.
You’ll also want to wipe down all the hard-to-reach areas, including the wheels.
4. When you’re done, it’s time to disinfect
There are certain things you don’t want getting in your baby’s mouth! It’s important to get a gentle disinfectant for your stroller after giving it a good wash. The easiest way is by spraying or wiping on full-strength white vinegar or rubbing alcohol.
If these aren’t strong enough for you, diluted bleach will remove mold and do the trick too, though I hate working with bleach, so try not to use it if you can avoid it! Just be sure that—regardless of what good cleaning method(s) you choose–the final step is drying thoroughly. If your stroller is fabric, make sure to leave it in direct sunlight or in front of a fan for at least an hour. If you don’t want the sun bleaching the fabric, just use fans instead.
Then let everything dry overnight just to be safe.
5. Wipe away the soap with a hose
To remove the soap residue from your stroller, you can spray it with a hose. If the fabric is very thick, you can press down on the fabric with your hands to squeeze out the excess water and then keep spraying until all the soap is gone. Be sure to spray it until all the soap is washed away.
Another way you can clean your stroller is by sprinkling some baking soda onto the surface of it. You can use either powdered or liquid form for this step as both work very well. Work the baking soda into any stains or tough dirt spots using either a soft fabric brush or cloth before scrubbing those plastic parts with water.
If you notice that there is still a bit of soap after all this, just keep washing until it comes off.
6. Scrub with a cloth to remove excess dirt particles
Once your stroller has been properly rinsed, use a soft cloth or small brush to gently scrub the fabric to get rid of any excess dirt spots. This step can take time, so be sure not to rush through this part. Reapply as needed if the water becomes dirty from all the dust and grime being lifted off after each stroke. In some cases, especially for heavily soiled areas on older baby strollers, you might need to repeat this process a few times.
7. Rinse to clean off the soap residue and extra loose dirt
After scrubbing your stroller with a cloth or toothbrush dipped in warm water, it is time for the final rinse. Simply wash away all those dirty ground-in particles by spraying them down with the hose again until they are all gone.
If there is still some grime left on the fabric after this step, simply pour out another serving of baking soda onto the surface and repeat steps three and four until it has been adequately cleaned up. As an added bonus, wetting the fabric will also help soften it up, which makes any marks easier to rub out later on if you need to.
8. Let these items dry in the sunlight
Leave the items outside to air dry once you’ve finished applying and washing away the soap. Make sure that the things are completely dry before folding them and putting them back in the stroller. The sun will help to kill any bacteria or germs that might be on the fabric.
How long does it take things to dry?
While the items might dry relatively quickly, this process may still take some time. You can wait inside or go about your day while the stroller dries outside. However, there are certain items that you should not let sit out in the sun for too long.
For example, if an item has a leather handle, you will have to keep it covered so that it does not burn. If this is another type of fabric besides leather, keeping it out in the sun for too long exposed to extreme heat could cause color fading or damage the texture.
What other colors are at risk?
On the other hand, some will not endure the sun for a long time. For example, dark colors such as black or navy blue tend to fade quickly when exposed to sunlight. If you want to protect these items from fading, you should cover them up while drying outside. Also, since elastic tends to lose its stretch over time, it is best not to expose the edges of your stroller’s fabric. This way, your elastic bands do not wear out too quickly.
9. Finishing touches
When you’re putting the finishing touches on your stroller, check the following:
- Wheels: Make sure they’re tight and properly aligned. If they’re squeaky, try using a WD-40 spray bottle (but test it on a small, hidden area first to make sure it doesn’t damage the finish).
- Brakes: Check that they work correctly and are adjusted correctly.
- Chassis: Make sure it’s properly tightened and all bolts are secure.
- Canopy: Make sure it’s intact and attached firmly.
- Storage Basket: Make sure it’s not too full or too empty and that there are no sharp edges that could harm your child.
- Stroller Seat Fabric: Make sure it’s not torn, for example, by pulling it too hard when putting your child in the stroller.
- Handlebar Grip: Make sure you can easily grasp the handlebar without straining or pinching your fingers.
10. Put the parts back together and that’s it!
Now that your stroller is clean, it’s time to re-attach the pieces and enjoy it! Make sure you read the stroller’s manual carefully, as it can be tricky to get everything back in the right place. Once you have put everything back together, take a few test strolls around the block to ensure it’s all working properly. And that’s it – you’re good to go!
Maintain the high quality of your stroller by taking good care of it. So there you have it – a guide to cleaning your stroller from start to finish. Just make sure not to skip any steps, or you might end up with a bigger problem on your hands than before!
Check out our article on Best Strollers Not Made in China.
Final Thoughts on How to Clean A Stroller
Have you ever wondered how to clean a stroller? If not, then you should read this blog post. We’ve outlined the steps for cleaning your baby’s favorite ride in detail (and with pictures!) so that it looks new again. You can’t afford to have a dirty and smelly car fabric seat! The next time someone asks about how they should clean their stroller, show them this article.
There are also some tips on what products work best for different types of dirt or stains too. This will help prevent any accidents from happening when your little one is riding around town again soon- all thanks to Mommy or Daddy!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you clean a used stroller?
If your stroller is visibly dirty, you will want to clean it before using it. Start by removing any dust, dirt, or mud with a soft-bristled brush. Be sure to use a diluted soap and avoid getting the fabric too wet. Next, use a baby-safe stain remover to treat any soiled areas. Finally, use a spray bottle to gently remove any remaining dust, dirt, or mud.
Can I hose down my stroller?
It is possible to hose down your stroller by using an air pressure washer. You could also take the stroller to the nearest car wash and get the tires, or the clothes washed. Make sure that the stroller is in optimal conditions before you do this.
What is the easiest way to clean wheels?
The easiest way to clean stroller wheels is to use a bucket of water, some dishwashing soap, and a sponge. Dip the sponge into the soapy water, scrub the dirt, and grime off the wheels. Rinse off the soap with a bucket of clean water, and let the air of the wheels dry.
Can you steam clean a stroller?
You can steam clean a stroller by using a steamer. Make sure to read the instructions on your specific steamer before use. It is advised to use a steamer that provides gentle than harsh heat. Using a steamer that doesn’t suit the surface could damage the material.
Pilar is an on-the-road Editor from Brazil living in Bali. On Geeqer she covers phones, tablets, wearables and devices. She is one of those minimalists that likes to buy the best to buy only once.