How to clean and sanitise prams and strollers

Overview

Prams and strollers can be expensive items, and unfortunately, they can get quite dirty, sometimes even covered in mould. Our instructions show how to clean prams and strollers and remove mould. Save money and save the item from landfill at the same time.

Remove debris and soiling

Start by cleaning off any debris such as leaves and cobwebs. Remove covers and put them through a delicate cycle wash, using detergent and warm water. Hand wash any parts that can’t be removed, including fabric.

Do not fully submerge prams or strollers with metal chassis, as the chassis can rust.

Treating mould

If the pram or stroller is covered in mould, it isn’t destined for landfill. Mould can be effectively and safely removed from textiles using chlorine bleach. Salvaging mouldy items prevents landfill and saves you money.

Our Sanitise™ method offers different bleach concentrations for treating mouldy textiles. The safest option for prams and strollers is mould minor (non-colour fast fabrics). We suggest you select this option as prams and strollers often are made from fabric where colour may fade when exposed to higher bleach concentrations.

Chlorine bleach sanitise table for prams

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Post sanitise treatment

Chlorine bleach sanitisation will kill mould. However, the sanitising process might not entirely remove stains from the mould, at the concentration which is safest to not fade or damage pram fabrics. Stubborn stains benefit from a second chlorine bleach sanitise process.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Additional information for cleaning and sanitising your pram or stroller.

How do I find out the concentration of my chlorine bleach?

Check the label on your chlorine bleach bottle to find out what percentage (%) of sodium hypochlorite it contains. This is often displayed as g/100g or g/L.

1.0g per 100g equates to a bleach concentration of 1%.
42 grams per litre (42g/L) equates to a bleach concentration of 4.2%.

Will bleach fade my pram fabric?

Using the option Mould minor (non-colourfast fabrics) will reduce the risk of fading. Most pram fabrics are synthetic and won’t fade as a result of using the chlorine bleach dilution listed on the table above.

Can I use this method to remove mould from a car seat cover?

No, treating car seat covers with bleach could compromise the structural integrity and fire retardant on the product. Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning or contact them for more information.

Can I use bleach to remove mould on a wooden toy or playpen?

Unfortunately mould is very difficult to remove completely from timber. You need to physically remove the mould by sanding the wood back and then reseal it so that it is air tight. This will prevent the mould from growing again.

Please note sanding risks the mould becoming airborne.

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References

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