How to Clean a Pram | Top Tips for Maintaining Your Pram or Stroller
Think of your pram like a vehicle. You clean your car when it gets dirty to prevent rust on the exterior and smells and stains on the interior, and you need to do the same for your pram. Your child eats, sleeps, plays, and explores the world from their own little seat, so you want to make sure that it stays clean and tidy. There are a few things you can do to keep yourpram in tip-top condition and ensure you keep onrollin’.
Cleaning & Servicing
If you want your pram to remain in good condition and last as long as possible, you’ll need to take good care of it. This means regular maintenance, as well as a recommended twice a year ‘Deep Clean’.
Step 1: Read Your Manual
Most prams will come equipped withamanual which will outlines basic care instructions and will often provide information on how to remove componentsspecific to your pramfor cleaning and upkeep.
Step 2: Remove & Clean Accessories
Generally, fabric components such as seat liners can be machine washed on a delicate or “wool” setting (no more than 30°C) with mild detergent and then dried flat in the shade.
Give any plastic accessories a good wash in warm soapy water, rinse and leave to dry out of the sun.
Step 3: Bust The Dust
Give your pram a good vacuum and/or a brush down to remove dirt, dust and the inevitable biscuit crumbs that accumulate over time. Using a soft toothbrush is a good way to ensure you get into all the nooks and crannies, especially into any moving parts and joints.
Take special care to clean out:
- Inside the front and rear wheel hubs and around where the brake connects to the wheel;
- In and around the folding joints (also do this with the frame collapsed);
- The handlebar (if telescopic, where the frame slides in and out);
- The seat recline latch;
- The safety harness buckle;
- Belly bar sockets;
- Canopy connectors (where your canopy connects to the frame);
- And finally, in and around any buttons.
Step 4: Wipe Down
With a soft sponge or cloth in warm water and mild detergent, give your pram a thorough clean from top to toe.
Stubborn stains:For particularly bad stains you might like to try a solution of either 50/50 white vinegar and water, or white vinegar and bicarb soda. Apply with a spray bottle or as a paste and leave for a few minutes. Scrub thoroughly then rinse well with clean water. Please note that this may affect the colour of the fabric (but it might be a better alternative than the stain… your call!)
Mould:Clove oil is a natural option to remove mould. Add a cap full into a spray bottle, add 2tbsp of salt, fill the bottle with warm water, spray it on and give it a good scrub to loosen those mould spores. Leave for 1 hour then with a cloth and bucket of warm water, thoroughly wet and wipe down the surface ensuring you completely remove all traces of mould and the cleaning solution.
Clove oil can leave brown streaks on fabrics and can cause allergic reactions in some people. Alternatively mix three parts white vinegar to two parts water and 2tbsp of salt in a spray bottle (or make a paste) and wet the entire area affected by mould and continue with the same process.
Please note: this process may affect the colour of the fabric and the foam inside your seat and canopy (but again, it’s a better alternative to buying a new pram!)
Step 5: Wheels
Remove the wheels and using the same cleaning solution, give the wheels a good scrub with a hard brush.Be careful to remove alldirt and build-up around the wheel hub.
Step 6: Air Dry
Your pram will need to be left open to dry completely in a dry, well ventilated place that’s not in direct sunlight.
Step 7: Moving Parts
Inspect the locking devices, brakes, harness, catches, joints and fixtures to ensure they are secure, moving freely and in fully working order.
If any parts of the pram have become stiff, difficult to operate or begin to squeak, try a light application of a sprayable silicone lubricant, ensuring that it penetrates between the components. Take care as excessive application may encourage the build-up of dirt.
Ensure children are not present when spraying the pram or allowing it to dry. Do so outside. Ensure you only use minimal product and wipe away excess solution before use.
Regular light lubrication of moving parts will also extend the life of your pram so you might like to do this as a preventative measure.
Do not use any lubricant other than those specifically marked as a ‘Silicone Lubricant’ (for example, DO NOT use the standard WD40 as doing so can deteriorate the plastic parts of your pram and also attract dirt and dust). We recommend WD-40 SPECIALIST Silicon Lubricantor SCA Silicone Sprayavailable fromSupercheap Auto, Bunnings and most hardware stores.
Step 8: Touch-ups
Once dry, if you have a black frame that is particularly scratched. You may like to use a touch-up paint to improve its appearance. You can purchase aDupli-Color Touch-up Paint Pen from the spare parts page of our website to do this.
Preventing Rust & Mould
After exposure to wet or damp conditions, leave the pram fully opened in a warm, well ventilated environment to prevent rust and mould. If really wet, you may also need to dry with a soft, lint free cloth. Left damp, it will encourage mildew or rust to form, damaging the pram.
Seat salt can also encourage rust to form. After trips to the beach always give the metal parts of your pram a wipe down with warm water. The then towel or cloth dry before leaving open to fully dry in a warm, well ventilated environment.
Preventing Structural Damage
Do not leave your pram in cars on days of extreme heat or near any heat source or fire.Do not store the stroller with heavy items on top of it.Store the pram in a dry, well- ventilated and safe place. To avoid colour fade, do not leave the pram in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time.
It’s important to replace any broken or missing parts to your pram to ensure it’s compliant with the Australian Safety Standards. Most pram manufactures will sell separate spare parts to replace damaged or lost parts as you need them.
To purchase any Babybee spare parts, click here.
Prams are moving vehicles and the rigours of everyday #parentlife canwreak havoc onthem, but with a little TLC and regular maintenance, you can ensure your wheels keep rolling for many years to come.