10 Tips to Keep Your Stroller in a Spanking New Condition
**This post was written by Jenn Morrison, a contributing blogger for Mommy Stroller**
Strollers, like most items used for transportation purposes such as cars, bicycles, and even skateboards, require care and maintenance. I’ll have to admit, but I do not really fancy the process of cleaning and maintaining my stroller just because it’s certainly not something I do best. Thankfully, I’ve been able to pick out premium quality strollers that have lasted me for quite a while without requiring any major maintenance. Note that jogging strollers do tend to require more maintenance and care given they are subjected to more abuse for being used on uneven and rough terrains. I have cleaned my strollers several times now just to keep them in a pristine condition…after all, a cleaner stroller means a more comfortable riding experience for my kids.
Finding and Making Use of the Stroller Instruction Manual
The very first thing I’d recommend you doing is to determine if you have a copy of the stroller’s instruction manual – this usually comes with the stroller when you purchase it. If you can’t locate it, go to your stroller company’s website to see if there’s any available product documentation. It is usually available for download in PDF format. Most stroller companies are pretty good at this, providing an instruction manual for each of the different stroller products they have on the market.
To show this, I’ve actually searched for a few instruction manuals for the strollers I have reviewed on this website. One of these is perhaps my favorite travel stroller around, the Mountain Buggy Nano stroller.
Here are some steps:
Step 1: Google Search the Product Name of Your Stroller
In this case, I type “Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller” in the Google search bar.
Step 2: Go to the Stroller Company’s Website
Often times, the stroller company’s website will appear as the first result in Google; however there are rare instances where this is not the case. In this example, I clicked on the Mountain Buggy website.
Step 3: Hunt for the Instruction Manual
This may vary from company to company, but in general, look for a “Technical” link. I often find useful information here which can include things like how to fold and unfold your stroller. Browsing through this page, you’ll see a PDF instruction manual for the Nano.
In the instruction manual, some stroller companies do include a “Care and Maintenance” section which is what we’re interested in for this post. In the Mountain Buggy Nano stroller instruction manual, Mountain Buggy has provided some important tips on how to clean the stroller.
10 Useful Tips In Cleaning Your Stroller
Now that we have that out of the way, what are some tips you should keep in mind while cleaning your stroller?
- If the fabric is removable, by all means, remove it and wash it. This is certainly hands down the BEST way to clean your stroller. Most stroller fabrics are machine washable – I usually set the washing machine to a gentle cycle and cold water. Be sure to use a detergent that is fragrant free, especially if you have a newborn. The reason for this is that some detergents contain perfumes and dyes which can irritate your newborn’s sensitive skin.
- I use baby or disinfectant wipes for wiping down the stroller frame as well as the handle. Baby wipes are basically wet wipes used to clean the sensitive skin of newborns and infants. Using either baby wipes or disinfectant wipes is fine, but make sure it dries out before using the stroller again.
- Be sure to keep the metal frames of the stroller dry after cleaning! This is extremely important to avoid rust formation. So basically you’ll have to do two rounds of wiping, one with the baby or disinfectant wipe, and the second with a dry cloth.
- Plastic parts of the stroller that are removable such as the snack tray and cup holders should be removed and washed with water and fragrant free detergent. Removing these parts not only makes cleaning them much easier, but at the same time, allow you to clean surfaces of the stroller that are otherwise hard to get to with these parts attached.
- To allow for an easy push of the stroller, be sure to clean the dirt at the wheels regularly. I like to do this with a brush to remove stubborn dirt at the wheels.
- I periodically lubricate moving parts with a silicone spray. More specifically, I focus on the bearings, axles and moving brake parts. I also pay particular attention as to how easy my stroller folds; if it feels difficult to fold, it probably means the joints that fold require some lubrication. Be sure you have a “straw” when you apply lubrication, as that’ll help make sure lubrication is only applied to the needed parts.
- The stroller tires are also something that should be checked periodically. Pneumatic tires, those that are found mostly in jogging strollers, will naturally lose air over time, just like your car tires. Be sure to check your stroller’s instruction manual to determine how much pressure your tires should have. Be careful not to over inflate the tires as this can not only damage the inner tubes of the stroller’s tires, but your kid(s) will also have a less comfortable ride in the stroller due to less shock absorption.
- Avoid exposing the stroller to direct sunlight for extended periods of time as this will cause the colors on the stroller to fade.
- Store your stroller in a dry and cool place. Extreme temperatures can cause damage to your stroller.
- The last tip is to keep in mind that some strollers do not have removable fabric and in such a case, cleaning the fabric areas with a vacuum cleaner can be helpful. Note that you’ll also definitely want to wipe the fabric clean with wipes as stated in point #2.
Before I conclude this article, I wanted to share this video which I found. It’s 18 minutes long, but I thought it’d be helpful for you!
As always, I’d love to hear from you! Let me know what your experience is in cleaning and maintaining your stroller!
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