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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 Reading Time: 5 minutesBy Cleanipedia Team

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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.

You will need:

  • Scrubbing brush
  • Microfibre cloth
  • Washing machine
  • Vacuum
  • Hot soapy water
  • Cif
  • Water-displacing spray
  • Non-bio laundry detergent
  • Disinfectant spray
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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 care with your car wheels, you should do the same with your pram.

  1. Scrub the wheels with hot soap water and a scrubbing brush

    Use hot soapy water to scrub the tyres with a scrubbing brush to clean them, as well as wash the metal.

  2. Use Cif to remove stubborn marks

    For stubborn marks use germ busting products like Cif to give them a clean.

  3. Polish the metal with a water-displacing spray and microfibre cloth

    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 steps will help you get it ready to sit your little one back inside.

  1. Use a brush to remove any solid dirt

    Use a brush to clean off any stuck-on dirt or crumbs.

  2. Remove the fabric and put in a cool wash with a non-bio laundry detergent

    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.

    Always check the label to see how it can be cleaned, as some should not be machine-washed or tumble-dried.

  3. Dry in the sun

    Dry the fabrics in the sun, as UV rays are a natural stain remover and disinfectant.

  4. Use a disinfectant spray to freshen up and sanitise the fabric

    For a deeper clean, use a disinfectant spray to freshen up and sanitise the fabric. Leave to completely dry before attaching back to the pram.

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 pram hood

    Vacuum the fabric to collect any loose crumbs or dirt.

  2. Use warm, soapy water and a brush to scrub off any stains

    Use warm, soapy water and a nail brush to clean off stains.

  3. Wash the hood in a washing machine with other fabrics

    If the hood is removable, and machine washable, pop it in the wash with the other fabrics.

  4. Dry in the sun

    Reattach the hood and dry outside in the sun.

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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.

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