SQ Tip: Cleaning your stroller, as promised!
First of all, don't be intimidated. In a previous tip, I mentioned the
importance of preventative maintenance. What that means is, don't let it
get to the point where you want to throw your hands
up and scream. Because then that can feel overwhelming. Nevertheless,
you have to start from where you are. And if where you are is a big
mess, so be it.
easiest way for a lot of people is to take off all the seat pads, and
throw them in the washing machine on the gentle cycle. If your seat
covers have a lot of stains, use some Oyclean first, or something
similar. You may also have to wash them a few
times. After that, I recommend hanging them in the sun to dry. Some
people throw them in the dryer, but I am not that brave. I have had
fabrics shrink, or fray, doing it that way.
if you've taken the seat covers off, it is really easy to clean the
frame. Just get a clean sponge or washcloth, and scrub away. Recently,
some companies have come out with organic cleaners, if you prefer. But
we in Strollerland have always used mild dish soap, with no ill effects.
Don't forget to pay particular attention to the harness/buckles/straps.
They can get pretty gruesome.
if it is too hard to get the seat fabrics off, or they don't come off?
No worries! Then you can just stick your whole stroller in the shower,
and give it a bath! And with the weather warming up, you can do this
outside with the garden hose. Some people even use steam cleaners, but
you don't have to. I do recommend toweling them off, to prevent
waterspots on the legs. And also, try to get the excess water out of the
fabrics. Then your stroller will dry in the sun pretty quickly.
can scrub the canopy with a soft brush. But one thing a lot of people
do is to stick it in the dishwasher! I am not kidding. They say it comes
Don't forget to clean the wheels. You will be amazed at all the grime, hair, etc, that
collects in them. Again, use a soft brush and mild dish soap. Now what
is REALLY important, and you must do, is to lube the wheels when you are
done. Otherwise, you will get those annoying squeaks, and they just
won't turn as well You will be amazed at the difference it makes in your
stroller's performance. I personally use silicone spray, because WD-40
tends to attract dirt and grime like a magnet. Other people use sewing
machine oil, and the Peregos have even recommended Lemon Pledge!
while you are at it, don't forget to spray all of your stroller's
moving parts, joints, folding hinges, etc. It will make your stroller so
much easier to fold, and operate. Now how often should you do this? The
Peregos recommend every 6-8 weeks. But just try and do it whenever you
think it needs it, and you have time. You will be so proud to get out
and stroll in your sparkling clean stroller!
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