Ultimate Guide on How to Clean your Stroller

Ultimate Guide on How to Clean your Stroller

With time, you will realize that keeping your baby stroller clean from dust, dirt, grime and mold is of utmost importance. Not only you will want to have a clean surface for your baby to ride on; you will also want to extend your stroller’s life as much as possible and make it durable to stand the test of time.

If you think only the baby stroller wheels get dirty after and just after rain or going to the beach, better think again.

There are plenty of occasions where your stroller is exposed to dirt. Maybe think of the amount of times your child will spend on the baby buggy, eating, drinking and snacking through the day.

In this article we will present some advice to help you clean your stroller. make your stroller durable. Plus, learn how to get mold off the fabric of your stroller easily, together with mildew.

How to clean stroller? How to clean fabric car seats?

Baby Strollers need cleaning from time to time as they accumulate grime and dirt from the environment.

Baby sitting on the pram a few hours during the day means a big mess, considering that babies are likely to snack and nap on the stroller.

In addition to this, if you happen to buy a used baby stroller or a second-hand stroller, you will probably want to give it a good wash before using it with your baby.

You don’t need pushchair cleaning services really. Save the money and get yourself something nice as this is easy to DIY.

Know your stroller

Make sure you’ve read the manufacturer’s instructions for stroller maintenance. The main things you need to know on how to wash a stroller are:

Can the fabric be removed from the seat?

Some stroller fabrics are easy to clean as they can be removed to be machine washed. However, not all strollers allow for the fabric to come off and needs to be spot cleaned.

How to remove car seat fabric from stroller?

The answer to this question will depend on your stroller brand and model. Remember, if you’ve tossed away your manufacturer’s instructions manual, you can always go online and find out how to dissemble your stroller.

How to remove stroller wheels?

It is important to give the wheels a good wash too, from time to time. Especially if you are out and about under the rain or at the beach or park.

Remember never to submerge your stroller wheels under water as you could damage the mechanism, which is lubricated using oil.

Stroller fabric parts are removable from the stroller frame

Once you understand what fabric parts can be detached from your stroller, you are ready to go!

Make sure you separate the frame from the canopy fabric, as hard parts are not likely to go in the washing machine.

Using the washing machine will help you get a deep clean on your stroller. Always remember to run a gentle cycle, not to damage the fabric.

You can pre-wash by hand any tough stains with a paste of water and bicarb soda. Let sit for a few hours and then machine wash.

Another important reminder is to never use the tumble dryer on your stroller fabrics, as they can get damaged. It is preferable to dry them under the sun.

In terms of soap, it would be safe to use any soap you use to wash your baby’s clothes. Hence, if you buy a special laundry liquid for sensitive skin, make sure you use THAT one on your stroller parts too.

Fabric parts not detachable from the stroller

How to clean stroller seat and How to clean pram fabric without a washing machine?

Before you start cleaning your stroller fabric, make sure you remove the canopy, cup holder, handle bar and any items in the storage basket, like the rain cover or mosquito net.

Use a hand brush to remove any big crumbs you may see lying on the stroller fabric. Then, using a vacuum cleaner remove any dirt and dust left from your stroller.

Some strollers allow you to remove the fabric of the seat and canopy and do a gentle cycle machine wash. However, some umbrella or compact strollers don’t offer this option.

If the fabric cannot be detached from the stroller you will need to clean it on the frame.

Using the technique below you can remove not only stains but also mold and mildew from your stroller by hand.

Things you need to get dirt and mold off stroller seat

In this section you will see how to deep clean a stroller when you cannot remove the fabric from the frame.

Cleaning a stroller with vinegar is a great start. My advice is to use white vinegar diluted in water. A good ratio is to use one cap of vinegar for every glass of water. I also recommend adding juice from a lemon wedge to the mixture for better aroma. Besides, lemon has important cleaning properties.

Another option is to use a mix of water with soap. However, try to use natural products every time you can as babies’ skin is sensitive.

The best way to clean a pushchair is to be gentle and persistent with your brush or piece of cloth. Sometimes you will need to go a few times over a stain. Just let it dry under the sun and try again gently but persistently.

How to remove mold from stroller?

It is inevitable that moisture accumulates in your stroller fabric over time. Your baby sitting there for long hours, the heat and some water or milk spills may be some of the causes why mold can accumulate in your stroller.

There are a few alternatives to remove mold from your stroller:

1. White Vinegar, Lemon and Water

This is the same mixture we used above to clean the stroller. Use this solution if the mold stain is mild. These 3 ingredients together work wonders and your stroller will look like brand new.

2. Baking Soda diluted in water

For tougher stains, add one quarter of a tablespoon of baking soda in a spray bottle of about 1 to 1 ½ cups and shake vigorously until the baking soda has dissolved.

This solution is great for preventing mold from growing back, so you could just use it to spray it on your stroller once a month or more often if you need to.

3. Baking soda and white vinegar paste

To treat very tough stains of mold and mildew make a paste using 5 tablespoons of baking soda and the measurement of 1 to 3 cap of white vinegar.

The consistency should be a creamy thick paste, not crumbs. Hence, keep adding vinegar until you reach a paste that can be easily applied to the stains.

Once applied, let it sit there for at least 15 minutes and scrub.

Vinegar is a great green ingredient for cleaning, plus it kills 82% of mold species.

Baking soda not only kills mold, but also absorbs moisture to prevent mold from coming back.

Lemon has a high citric acid and one of the best natural cleaners due to its low pH and it is also antibacterial. Besides, its nice aroma will offset the smell of the diluted vinegar.

Using these ingredients you can clean not only your baby stroller, but all other baby items. A Baby Carrier for example, tends to get quite dirty if you use it often.

You can use these ingredients to clean windows, mirrors, bathrooms, drains and garbage disposals. You can even clean home appliances with vinegar.

How to remove mildew from stroller fabric?

Mildew is different from mold. It looks white and powdery, whereas mold is dark green and fungus looking.

For any tough mildew stains, you can make a paste with salt and lemon and apply on the fabric using an old tooth brush. Then let dry under the sun and rinse. You can repeat this action a few times, until the stain comes off.

If you are using a washing machine, adding a fresh squeeze of lemon in a wash cycle can brighten your white clothes and remove stains of minerals.

How to clean a pram hood?

Your pram hood can get as dirty as the pram seat fabric and requires maintenance from time to time.

The fabric of the pram hood can receive the same treatment as the seat fabric.

Just make sure you remove any wires if you are going to use the washing machine. Plus, always dry your stroller parts under the sun (never tumble dry).

The options presented above work wonders:

  1. Vinegar, water and lemon
  2. Baking Soda and water (to attack mold)
  3. Baking soda and vinegar paste (to attack mold)
  4. Water, salt and lemon (to clean mildew)

How to clean stroller wheels?

Your stroller wheels are likely to be the part of the stroller that receives more maintenance and attention.

If you take your stroller to the beach regularly, it is important to clean them frequently as the combination of sand and salt can damage the turning mechanism over time.

If you are out and about and the wheels get muddy, you are going to want to wash them before carrying your stroller to your car or bringing it home.

Instructions on how to clean pram wheels:

  1. Detach stroller wheels from stroller frame
  2. Prepare a mix of soapy water to clean your stroller wheels
  3. Apply it using a damp piece of cloth and / or a stiff brush and the dirt and mud will come off easily.

Remember never to submerge your stroller wheels in water as you could alter the lubrication of the wheels.

It is a good idea to buy a Teflon type lubricant that is non-sticky, and you can apply freely to the wheel mechanisms every time you need.

Try to avoid oil or silicone lubricants as they tend to attract dirt and dust.

How to clean the stroller frame?

Before cleaning your stroller frame, make sure you detach any part of the stroller you can. Detach the seat fabric (if detachable), the wheels, and remove any loose objects, like the rain cover and or any toys in the storage basket.

The stroller frame can be easily cleaned using a mixture of soapy water and a damp piece of cloth.

You can cry your stroller frame using an old tea towel for any excess water.

Make sure you inspect the frame parts for any malfunctioning. Check the breaks and apply some Teflon style lubricant if need be to improve their performance.

Check the handle bar mechanism, if your stroller has one. Make sure you clean it first and once it is dry, apply lubricant to improve performance if need be.

When you are cleaning your stroller, remember to avoid submerging any of the stroller frame parts into water as the mechanism of the handle bar or breaks could get damaged.

Benefits of cleaning your baby stroller

There are endless benefits on keeping your stroller as clean as you can.

Not only will your baby will ride in a surface that it is clean, mold and mildew free; you will extend the life of your stroller and who knows, you may be able to sell it as a second hand stroller in great condition!


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How to effectively remove mold/mildew from a stroller

20 Wednesday Apr 2016


My husband and I recently learned that we’ve got baby #2 on the way! We have a 19 month old daughter and one of my first thoughts was, we’ve got to get a double stroller…

I was trolling on Facebook and came across a woman selling bulk yard sale items and lo and behold, there was a double stroller in her photos. I quickly messages her to ask if she would sell it separately and she said yes. For $10! WHAT. $10. I asked if it was in good condition and she said yes! I quickly told my husband to get in the truck so we could head out for it!
I know, I know, don’t buy anything until first trimester is over… But for $10, I would chance it.

We got to her yardsale area and came upon the stroller…. It’s a Graco DuoGlider, and full of mold/stains due to being stored in the woman’s shed.. Womp womp…

The woman assured us it would wash nicely and let us have it for $5… For $5 we decided to give cleaning it up a shot. And to be honest, she seemed like she really needed the $5.

We got it home and I immediately stripped it down. Unscrewed the seats and all to throw in the wash.

It came out looking exactly the same.

Ok, let’s try washing again with bleach… Same outcome.

I decided to use my tried and true stain removal mix: peroxide and dawn dish soap (2:1) scrubbed and washed again… Nothing.
I tried this a second time, because by now, I’m just insane.
To my demise, no change…

So I scoured the Internet on ways to get rid of mold and how to clean mold from a stroller. This gave me another idea to try.

The next day, I covered the area with vinegar and set out to dry in the direct sunlight on my driveway, and threw it back in the wash.

No. Freaking. Change.

Feeling defeated I decided if I cannot get the stains out, we would just give it to someone in need for free (since I know it’s clean, I’ve washed it 5 times now) an buy a different stroller.

I decided to give it one more go…

Bleach directly on the stains .
I took a cup of bleach and some q tips and went to work applying it to pretty much the whole thing. Hind sight I should have used a sponge…
I did have to re apply in some areas. I let it sit in the bleach until it looked clean.
But, it worked. The seats are no longer riddled with mold stains!
They don’t look brand new, but they are brighter, stain free, and look 100 times better than they started.

So this my friends, is how you remove mold stains from a stroller.

I bought a second hand double stroller for $5 and we can actually use it!

I just used the same method (using a sponge to be quicker) on my daughter’s old stroller that is dark grey, purple, teal…. I hosed down the stroller and scrubbed with a soap first and risnsed so it was wet before the bleach. Once putting on the bleach, the mold disappeared within minutes! So I would recommend just watching it on dark colors and rinse as soon as it’s gone.


How to Remove Mould from Fabric

Forgot to empty the washing machine straight away? You may end up with mouldy clothes! These unsightly spots of brown, grey, black, or green can also develop if you leave wet clothes or towels lurking in a heap at the bottom of the laundry basket, or store fabrics in a damp place. Thankfully, it’s not too difficult to remove mould on clothes. This guide explores different techniques and products to remove mould from clothes, as well as advice on using Persil Powercaps washing capsules as a follow up to mould stain removal.

Get Rid of Mould on Fabric in 5 Steps

Once you’ve discovered mould on clothes, the treatment depends on how old the mould stains are as well as the type of fabric. Fresh mould stains can often be removed simply by laundering with a good quality detergent like Persil Powercaps, so you may even be able to skip Steps 2 and 3 below.

  1. Check garment care labels – As always, follow the manufacturer instructions, especially in regards to the suggested water temperature for your garment, as well as how it should be dried.
  2. Rub in a mould stain remover and/or scrub it off with a toothbrush – Using one of the products suggested below, apply the solution to the mould stain. If the fabric is tough, like cotton or denim, you can try gently scrubbing off the mould with a clean toothbrush and the selected product. But try not to damage the fabric in the process!
  3. Let the stain dry in the sun, or pre-soak it – Again, this depends on the type of fabric. Sunlight is great at removing mould from fabric, but it can also fade colours and damage delicate fabrics. So a white cotton T-shirt can be dried in the sun, but not a colourful nylon shirt. Alternatively, you can pre-soak the stained garment for up to an hour in one of the solutions suggested below.
  4. Wash at the hottest temperature possible with Persil Powercaps – Hot water has the best chance of killing mould spores, but follow the care label’s instructions for the safest temperature to wash your garment. The Triple Action formula in Persil Powercaps gives you stain removal, freshness, and clothing care in one handy capsule – perfect for tackling mould stains and getting rid of that ‘damp’ smell on your clothes. Just pop one or two capsules in the washing machine drum (check your pack for dosage tips) before adding your clothes.
  5. Hang-dry your clothing in the sun – If the mould stains are still there, you may want to repeat some of the previous steps, but a final hang-dry in the sun will help zap any remaining mould.

Want to know more? Keep on scrolling for more information on mould removing products!


How to clean a pram or buggy

Discover how to clean a buggy from chassis to fabric so you can help it last for longer.

Updated 8 April 2020


Key steps to pram cleaning or buggy cleaning

  1. Brush loose dirt off first or vacuum it up.
  2. Remove the fabric, if you can, and wash according to the instructions.
  3. Use warm soapy water for the pram hood and any other fixed material.
  4. Wash the wheels last, focusing on removing dirt and debris.

When you have children, their pushchair goes through the mill, especially if the weather is wet. From crumbs dropped inside to riding through muddy puddles, there are so many things that can cause you to need to clean your pram. Here you will discover how to clean a buggy from the chassis to the fabric so that you can help it last for as long as possible. And if you need other cleaning tips as a parent, why not look at our articles on how to clean kids toys or how to wash second-hand baby clothes.

When you are buggy-cleaning, products like Persil are great for washing fabrics whilst germ busters like Cif can help you clean everything from the chassis to the wheels.


How to clean pram wheels

When it comes to buggy cleaning, you need to pay special attention to the wheels as they run over stones, wet grass and so much more in their lifetime. Just like you would take extra car with your car wheels, you should do the same with your pram. There are three easy steps to cleaning buggy wheels:

  1. Use hot soapy water to scrub the tyres with a scrubbing brush to clean them, as well as wash the metal.
  2. For stubborn marks use germ busting products like Cif to give them a clean.
  3. Use water-displacing spray to polish the metal.

How to clean pram fabric

Knowing how to clean pram fabric is important, as this is the area your children are most likely to come into contact with. These top tips will help you get it ready to sit your little one back inside:

  • Always check the label to see how it can be cleaned, as some should not be machine-washed or tumble-dried.
  • Use a brush to clean off any stuck on dirt or crumbs.
  • If the fabric and covers can be removed pop them inside the washing machine on a cool, gentle wash using baby safe detergents like Persil.
  • Dry the fabrics in the sun, as UV rays are a natural stain remover and disinfectant.
  • Use a disinfectant spray to freshen up and sanitize the fabric.

How to clean a pram hood

In the same way that you clean the pram fabric, a pram hood can sometimes be removed and popped into a wash. If this is not the case the following four steps will help you get it clean.

  1. Vacuum the fabric to collect any loose crumbs or dirt.
  2. Use warm, soapy water and a nail brush to clean off stains.
  3. If the hood is removable, and machine washable, pop it in the wash with the other fabrics.
  4. Reattach the hood and dry outside in the sun.

Now you can follow these easy buggy-cleaning tips so that you know how to clean a pram. This will help you to keep your pushchair in great condition, and get it ready to use the next time you need to make a trip out of the house with your little one.

  • Wash any removable fabrics in your washing machine using specialist detergents like Persil.
  • Give the chassis a clean with germ-busting products like Cif.
  • Scrub the wheels with soapy water and a scrubbing brush.


    How would you remove mildew stains from The fabric on a baby stroller?

    I live in a humid climate and left my stroller on my front porch for a couple of days. Now there is mildew on the seat of it. Any way to remove it without bleaching the color out? Thanks!

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    Pour undiluted white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle. Vinegar is great at getting rid of mold/mildew, it isn’t toxic like bleach and it also eliminates the bad odor. Spray the vinegar liberally onto the affected areas. Let it sit for several hours, ideally outside in the sun. Use warm, sudsy water to wash it. Rinse it and let it dry in a clean, dry place.

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    Do not use bleach. Try using white vinegar, since this will kill 80% of all mold types. Bleach won’t do much damage to mold at all, except to make the stain disappear.

    Most people think bleach because it may change the color on the surface but it does not kill the roots of the mold plant and does not even destroy the mold spores which may be on the surface. Contrary to what most people think, bleach does not kill mold.

    Mold is a fungus, and it sends roots into the material on which it is attached. The ion structure of a bleach solution prevents the bleach from penetrating any porous surface so only the water part penetrates and the bleach sits on the surface. Bleach is typically 5% bleach (sodium hypochlorite) and 95% water. So when you put bleach on mold the bleach may kill that part of the mold plant which is on the surface but it will not touch the roots. In fact, by putting bleach on mold you are giving it exactly what it wants to grow, which is water. Bleach is NOT the answer when it comes to mold remediation, and may actually make the situation worse.

    What you can try is ordinary white vinegar, which will kill up to 80% of all mold types. What works even better than vinegar and kills virtually all of it is tea tree oil, which you can find from numerous online sources. Vinegar has the advantage of being cheap, while tea tree oil can be found online for about $45 a quart, which is then diluted with water or mineral oil 4 parts water to 1 part tea tree oil. You can spray this stuff on,soaking affected surfaces.

    Again, forget about using bleach. It is completely the wrong thing to use on mold, and anyone who works in mold remediation will tell you this. The most important first step is to remove the source of the dampness, since this is what causes mold to grow in the first place.

    Mold can cause serious health issues, respiratory problems, and aggravate conditions like asthma and bronchitis, and can even cause organ damage. Black mold can kill you. So this is not a trivial question.


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    Written by: Constance Barker

    Written on: February 04, 2019

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    Baby strollers put away in storage for long periods could have mildewed or developed mould in the fabric. Mold exposure is dangerous as it can give off toxic fumes; it should be eliminated as soon as it is spotted.

    Some people use bleach to eradicate mould, but white vinegar is a nontoxic, chemical-free way of cleaning a baby stroller.

    Pour white vinegar in a spray bottle. Do not dilute vinegar.

    Spray the mouldy areas of the baby stroller with the vinegar.

    Set the stroller in the sun for one to two hours. This allows the vinegar to work on the mould and to deteriorate in direct sunlight.

    Place two or three drops of dish detergent in a bucket of water. Wipe the stroller down with the sudsy water and a sponge. Make sure to remove all signs of mould from the stroller.

    Rinse the stroller with clean water and a sponge. Remove all soapy residue.

    Wipe the stroller with clean rags or towels, making sure the entire stroller is dried off. Set the stroller in direct sun for two to three hours to make sure it is completely dry.

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    Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.


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