Of all the stuff you expected parenthood could be, you didn't expect ‘Learning how to clean a baby car seat’ will ever make it to the list. However, you don’t have to fret – this task isn't one that you'll need to do every now and then, and it's pretty simple to do. You can either check the owner's manual or go online on the manufacturer's site to gain more knowledge about your specific baby car seat. While you do that, here are some easy tips to you can keep in mind.
- Instantly remove the cover. The plastic seat cover is the perfect place for wet and sticky messes to hide. While washing the seat cover, always use soap and water, which will help you get into those nooks and crannies. Never put it in the washer or dryer – simply lay it flat to dry. Follow it up by wiping down with Dettol Multi-Use Wipes, as they provide commendable protection from an extensive variety of germs.
- Moving on, tackle the seat buckles of your baby car. One can entirely remove the buckles from the seat. However, make sure you are completely aware of how to put them back on properly. Wash the buckle below running water to eliminate the debris. Do not use soap while washing the buckle. Once the buckle dries up, snap every buckle back and change it on the seat. Or, if you aren't ok with the idea of removing buckles for full cleaning, you can always use Dettol Multi-Use Wipe and Disinfectant Multi-Use Hygiene Liquid , as it can be used on multiple surfaces in your home for general cleansing.
- Freshen fabric with a Disinfectant Spray. This will sanitize the fabric safely and leave it virtually germ- and bacteria-free.
- Sometimes more intensive cleaning is needed. If your baby had a particularly bad diaper blow-out in the car seat, you'll probably have to do more than the above steps. Remove the car seat from the car and dismantle as much as you are comfortable taking apart and reassembling later. Scrub down all plastic parts and spot-clean the upholstery according to the care labels. You'll want to get as deep a clean as possible and then let the car seat air dry, perhaps in the sun, which has natural anti-bacterial properties. Make sure the car's seat is thoroughly cleaned. If you don't do your due diligence now, you'll be dreading car rides for weeks to come.
Now that you know a little about how to clean a baby car seat you can be ready for accidents, car sickness and more. But keep your fingers crossed all the same – probably you will only need to keep the baby's car seat tidy and germ-free until the baby grows out of it.