How To Keep Your Child Car Seat Clean

Thu 1st Aug 2019

A shocking report has revealed that only one in ten parents admit to have cleaned their child’s car seat at least once a year.

A study from Leasing Options has found that almost half of parents surveyed said they cleaned their child’s car seat less than once every six months. One in 15 say they never wash the car seat.

What might seem like a trivial problem to some is actually a worrying issue when the report is looked at in greater detail. By analysing the Limit of Detection (LOD) for bacteria on the steering wheels, hand brakes, gear sticks and central consoles they registered between 10-20. That LOD rose to 3,000 when swabbing the child’s car seat! For reference that is three times over the limit where bacteria must be reported and acted upon.

With these figures in mind it might be time you actually looked at cleaning that seat and here are some handy tips for getting the job done.

The six steps to keep your child's car seat clean

1. Remove the Seat

The first step is to remove the seat from the car. This is to ensure you can get into every nook and cranny, thus ensuring the best clean possible, which may not be doable if the seat remains in the car.

If this is the first time removing the seat since installation and you are unsure how to reinstall, it’s always good to take pictures over each stage of the uninstalling process, so you can refer to these when reinstalling.

2. Wipe and Vacuum Seat

Begin by removing as much grime as possible with anti-bacterial wipes and a vacuum cleaner. This will make the rest of the cleaning process easier.

3. Remove the Cover

Most child seats have removable fabric covers. Once removed these can usually be thrown into the washing machine for a thorough cleanse.

Cotton covers are best washed at 6040 is preferred for synthetics.

4. Clean the Seat’s Base

Using a mild detergent and a damp cloth or sponge, rub away all dirt and grime from the seat’s base then rinse well with water.

Make sure when rinsing to alter the angle and direction of the seat so that none of the water collects.

5. Clean Buckles and Straps

Straps should not be put in the washing machine as it can degrade their strength, causing potential safety hazards.

Instead, these should be cleaned using a soft cloth, warm water and a gentle soap.#

As for buckles, these are best treated by being dunked into warm water and then moved around to dislodge any dirt.

Use a soft cloth for additional cleaning, if necessary.

6. Dry, Reassemble and Refit into Car Securely

Once thoroughly cleaned it’s time to reinstall the seat back into the car.

Refer to the pictures taken when you dismantled the chair to see how to properly reinstall if you find yourself in any bother.

Once reinstalled you can have peace of mind that your child is now free from any harmful bacteria on their next road trip.