Honestly, kids create quite the mess, and more often than not baby seats pay the price. Children spend a lot of time in their car seats especially during travels or running different sorts of errand with their parents. Many parents allow their kids to drink and eat while in their car seats which explains why they easily get dirty. Additionally, drool, vomit, blown-out diapers and spilled drinks on the car seat can quickly translate into a breeding ground for germs. Fortunately, Several steps can be observed to get rid of any dirt on the baby seat. The following article will provide a few tricks on how to clean a baby seat.
1. Remove the baby seat
Disconnect all the straps from the vehicle to uninstall the seat. This will enable you to thoroughly clean the seat without getting into the car and making everything else wet. You will also easily reach all the hidden areas where food debris and dirt accumulate. Place the seat in an area with good lighting from where you will clean from.
2. Clean up the visible debris
Thoroughly shake the car seat to eliminate any loose dirt and food particles. Use paper towels or a wet cloth to remove any liquid substance that could be on the car seat. If you have a vacuum cleaner, you could make use of it to get rid of debris stuck in different corners of the chair.
3. Remove the seat cover and straps
Most baby seats have a fabric cover that is removable. If this is your first time removing the cover and unfastening the straps, you might need to go through the user guide. It contains a particular set of cleaning instructions and guidelines on how to detach and reattach the straps once cleaning is completed.
4. Clean the cover and straps
It is highly advisable to hand-wash the cover using cold soapy water. Refrain from using bleach and when using a machine, wash it on delicate cycle. Line dry the fabric cover to prevent shrinkage. If the car seat does not have a removable cover, use some sponge and soap to scrub any spots.To clean the straps, clips, and buckle, use a soft cloth dipped in warm soapy water. Rinse these areas and let them air dry completely to prevent rusting.
5. Clean the plastic base
If your baby seat has a plastic base, clean it with a damp sponge containing a little detergent. Thoroughly scrub any areas that may have tough spits and rinse it under running water. To prevent water buildup in the plastic base, wipe it with a dry cloth and leave it out to dry for a couple of hours. Air drying helps to eliminate any odors on the baby seat instead of using odor-eliminating sprays. Such sprays may have an itching effect on the baby’s skin.
6. Reassemble the baby seat
Once the cover is dry, reattach it to the plastic seat base. Place all the straps in the right positions to ensure that the seat is safe for the child. You may need to refer to the instruction manual if necessary. Make sure that none of the straps are twisted as they may wear out faster or not hold your baby securely.
With this few cleaning steps, you can be sure that your young one will always seat in a germ-free zone while driving around.