How To Clean A Stroller [Step by Step Instructions]

If you’re wondering how to clean a stroller, then you’ve come to the right place!

We are going to walk you through step by step on how to clean your stroller like a pro!

Let’s face it, strollers can get dirty, quickly. Especially if your child is eating snacks in them.

Whilst dirt and grime not only looks bad, it can also be a hazard to your baby, especially if mold starts to develop.

And then we all know that strollers are a solid investment so you want to make sure that when you’re cleaning them your not going to use products or do things that might damage your stroller in any way.

That’s why we created this guide, so you can clean your stroller with confidence.

And if you love this guide on how to wash a stroller, then make sure to check out these guides on how to get mold out of fabric in stroller, best stroller organizers, and best stroller cup holders.

Why Should You Keep Your Stroller Clean? 

Before we dive into how to clean your stroller, let’s look further at why you should.

Strollers should be cleaned regularly.

This is because infants have a weaker immune system to adults and as such they can be more prone to the impact of germs.

By cleaning your stroller regularly you can help reduce your baby’s exposure to germs and illnesses.

How Often Should I Clean My Stroller? 

Strollers should be cleaned regularly.

After ease use we recommend a simple wipe down with an antibacterial wipe.

You should also clean up any sticky messes your baby may have made.

Doing this will mean a vigorous cleaning will be needed less often!

How often you’ll need to do a deep clean will really depend on your child and how often they are in their stroller.

If your child has had a diaper blowout or had a large spill of milk or food that has wet through the material then you’ll want to doo a deep clean to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.

Even if your stroller has remained relatively clean it is a good idea to do a deep every few months.

How To Clean A Stroller Step By Step

Step 1Read Your Stroller Manual

Reading your stroller manual first is recommended especially if your stroller is still under warranty. The last thing that you want to do is void your warranty.

You may also have specific cleaning guidelines for your stroller like do not machine wash the fabric.

The manual will also be very handy if you get stuck trying to put your stroller back together.

Step 2 – Remove the Stroller Fabric

If this is the first time you have disassembled your stroller we highly recommend taking a few photos as you do this so you can easily see how it gets put back together.

Step 3 – Remove Loose Debris

To remove loose debris we recommend using a vacuum. It can be a handheld or nozzle attachment from your standard household vacuum. Ideally, you should use a nozzle that is suitable for pet hair as these are great for picking up all the fine particles.

Pro tip – lay the stroller fabric on a flat surface so you can easily get into all the cracks.

You may need to run the vacuum multiple times over all the pockets and storage areas to clean the thoroughly.

Step 4 – Check your Fabric for Mold

Check the stroller fabric thoroughly signs of mold. If you do see signed of mold then these will need to be treated.

Step 5 – Spot Treat Stains

Heavy stains will unlikely be removed by a gentle wash, so it is best to spot treat them prior to washing your stroller fabric.

Use a stain removing spray to target the spot directly and brush it in with a toothbrush. Always follow the instructions of the strain remover.

Step 6 – Wash the Fabric

If your stroller fabric and canopy is machine washable then the simplest way to wash it is to throw it into the washing machine on a delicate wash.

If not you will need to handwash it.

Alternatively you can use soap and water to hand wash the seat and canopy if they are not detachable.

Step 7 – Clean the Frame of Your Stroller

Before cleaning the frame, remove anything attached to the frame. This includes food trays, bumper guards, cup holders, etc.

Wash the frame using warm water and dishwashing soap. Scrub gently with a sponge to clean the frame.

Clean the wheels by washing them with warm water and dishwashing liquid. Wipe down the entire frame with disinfectant wipes. And ensure that any exce4ss water is removed.

This is also a good time to check the frame and wheels for any damage.

Make sure the brake locks both wheels in place. And for squeaky or sticky brakes, spray WD-40 to keep the stroller running smoothly.

Step 8 – Reassemble Your Stroller

Now your stroller fabric and stroller frame is clean it is time to reassemble your stroller.

Step 9 – Place Your Stroller in the Sun to Dry

UV light can help kill bacteria so it’s a great idea to place your stroller in the sun to dry to kill off any bacteria that may have been missed in your cleaning process.

Final Thoughts on Cleaning a Stroller

It’s important to note that strollers are designed to last, but they also require you maintain them.

You should always make sure the stroller is clean. But if you want to extend the life of your stroller, follow these tips.

And if you’re looking for more great baby guides, then check out these guides on best baby fabric softener,  best all terrain strollers, and do strollers expire.

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