Experts share how to clean a stroller in 7 easy steps
Your busy life with your baby doesn’t stop — and neither does your stroller. It sees you through all of your adventures, so it’s no surprise that you’ll occasionally find it in need of a good scrub. If you’re wondering how to clean a stroller, stick around! While it might seem like a big task, it doesn’t have to be hard. In this article, we’ll give you seven steps to clean a stroller with basic supplies you have at home.
How to clean a stroller: Deep cleaning
How you clean your stroller will vary slightly depending on the specific features and model.
Pro Tip: If you’re a parent-to-be and still in the process of choosing a stroller, it’s good to know that Bugaboo fabrics are machine-washable. Your future self will thank you for this not-so-tiny detail that makes your daily life simpler!
1) Check the labels
First of all, check the care labels on your stroller to see if there are specific instructions for stroller maintenance. Not sure where to find these labels? See if they’re attached to the fabric or the frame. You can also refer to the care manual if you still have it around. If not, check online or at Bugaboo.com.
2) Take it apart
To do a thorough cleaning, start by taking the stroller apart. Remove the wheels and take off any removable fabric.
All Bugaboo fabrics can be easily detached, and most of them are machine-washable.
Giving your stroller a once-over with the vacuum is a good way to take care of bigger crumbs and debris. This step is especially important if your stroller does not have detachable, washable fabrics. That brings us to the next step.
4) Scrub or machine-wash fabrics
When it comes to how to clean a stroller, getting the fabric looking as good as new can be a bit more challenging if the fabric is not machine-washable. On the other hand, if your stroller has detachable, machine-washable fabric, your job is simple. Here’s how to go about it in either situation.
Non-machine washable fabrics
Once you’ve disassembled any removable fabric pieces, fill a bowl with warm water and a small amount of soap. You don’t want to end up with too many suds. Dip a cloth in the soapy water and wipe the fabric down, scrubbing as needed. Then, wet a clean cloth to wipe off the suds before letting the fabric thoroughly air-dry — in the fresh air of the great outdoors if possible.
From puncture-proof wheels to fingertip steering, Bugaboo strollers are designed to fit your lifestyle — and that includes making cleaning as easy as possible. All Bugaboo fabrics can be easily detached, and most of them are machine washable. That’s a huge parenting win. Let’s take a look at how to clean each part.
Apart from the wheels, the seat of the stroller is typically the area that sees the most action and can get the dirtiest. Don’t sweat. Simply remove any foam inserts from the seat before washing and clean them separately with a damp cloth. For Bugaboo bassinet fabrics, remove the stiffeners before throwing the fabrics in the wash separately on a delicate cycle at a maximum temperature of 30°C or 86°F. Opt for gentle laundry detergents, and avoid bleaching, tumble drying, dry-cleaning, or ironing.
Washing Bugaboo stroller mattresses is similar to washing the seats. Both the mattress cover and the aerated inlay of the mattress can be detached and cleaned in the washing machine. For the mattress foam, all you will need is a damp cloth to gently wipe it clean. There are just a few parts of Bugaboo strollers that are not machine-washable, such as the underseat basket and rain covers as well as the breezy sun canopy and some of the limited edition products.
A few swipes with a damp cloth is typically all you need to make non-machine washable parts look as good as new.
5) Wipe down your stroller
Fabric clean? Check. Let’s move on to the next step. To clean the surfaces of your stroller frame, all you need is a couple of towels or cloths, warm water, and a small brush. Simply wet the cloth and wipe down the larger surfaces of the frame. Afterward, give it a once-over with a dry cloth to do away with any remaining water. Both foam grips and leather-look grips can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. For smaller parts and joints, use a brush to get into the nooks and crannies. Do the same with the wheels, using a wet cloth or brush as needed.
6) Air dry
Machine-washed, wiped-down, and looking good. All that’s left in the cleaning process is to let your stroller air dry completely.
With clean, dry parts, your stroller is ready to be reassembled so you can get back to exploring the big, wide world with your tiny co-pilot.
How to clean a stroller: Daily maintenance
Your stroller goes through a lot — from on-the-go snacks to city maneuvering to woodsy strolls (if you have a Bugaboo multi-terrain stroller). It’s likely to end up a little dirty after your adventures. We say that’s just a sign of a fun-filled day! But to keep your adventures stress-free, in addition to giving your stroller a thorough cleaning every now and then, it’s a good idea to do a quick clean or wipe-down at the end of each day (or each time you use it). This daily cleanup might be as simple as grabbing a wet cloth to wipe off any stickiness or dust. You can also brush off the crumbs or grab a handheld vacuum to get them out of the cracks and creases of the stroller.
Maintaining your stroller daily keeps it in good shape and makes things easier when it’s time to deep clean.
The best of Bugaboo
Easy cleaning is important because keeping your stroller mess-free shouldn’t take away from your busy, exciting life. You should enjoy the adventure that is parenthood! Bugaboo’s easy cleanability isn’t the only thing that makes these strollers attractive, versatile, and oh-so-easy. Take the Bugaboo Lynx, for example, a light-footed wanderer that lives up to its name. With 2-wheel suspension that makes for swift turning and smooth maneuvering, it’s the perfect companion whether you’re going up and down curbs or rushing through tight spaces. Only have one hand free to push? This stroller can handle it.
The smooth push also allows your child to take a much-needed nap without being disturbed. Talk about peaceful, on-the-go rest. When the day is done, this lightweight design keeps performing. It folds into one piece so you can effortlessly move up and down the stairs or lift it in and out of the car. Folding, storing, and pushing is all as easy as cleaning this stroller. We won’t go into any more detail — after all, you need to get started cleaning — but keep in mind that you can also choose from our other strollers, like the Fox 3 (our new and improved all-terrain stroller), the compact Bee 6, or the Donkey 5 for parents with two children.
Squeaky clean and ready to go
Clean: It’s a good feeling. Stay on top of things with a quick-clean at the end of each day, and plan on the occasional deep clean to keep your stroller in tip-top condition. With the steps for how to clean a stroller that you just read, you’re ready for the challenge. With a Bugaboo stroller, it’s as simple as taking things apart, washing the machine-washable fabric, giving the stroller a wipe-down, and putting it back together once it’s dry. Whether you opt for the Bugaboo Lynx, Fox 3, Bee 6, or Donkey 5, it’s easier than ever to keep your stroller clean and get back to making mischief with your new partner in crime.
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