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Baby walkers often get messy due to constant use. If you allow the walker to remain dirty, it could be risky as the dirt could harbor disease- causing bacteria. Therefore, how to clean a baby walker is an essential skill for you to learn for the sake of your baby’s safety.
Before we get on the how, let’s highlight the basics.
What You Need
Before you begin washing the walker, you need to have a few things with you to help you get the job done.
- Cleaning supplies such as detergent, baking soda, vinegar, or dishwashing soap. Either of these can be used for stain removal. Baking soda also eliminates odors.
- A basin of either cold or warm water (your choice)
- A cloth
- A knife/scissors, tweezers, and duct tape to remove hair entangled on the wheels
- Use manual
How to Clean A Baby Walker: Step By Step Guideline
To prevent your baby from germs that may cause diseases, here are the steps you follow when cleaning a walker.
1. Dismantle the Walker
After all the time and energy you spent assembling that baby walker, I know dismantling it is the last thing you’d want to do. However, it would be best if you did so as it makes the cleaning process easy. It also allows all the parts to dry faster.
The walker’s user manual will come in handy in dismantling. Also, you should be armed with a screwdriver to loosen the screws.
2. Wash the Fabric Seat
Pay attention to the washing instructions given on the baby walker manual. Often, the baby walker seat is hand washable. It’s the best washing method, especially if the fabric has stubborn stains.
Having spent a good chunk of money buying the baby walker, you need not spend more to clean the walker. You can use some inexpensive treatments such as baking soda, vinegar, peroxide, or detergents.
When using peroxide, please don’t rub it in, as it may ruin the fabric. Baking soda, vinegar, and detergent, on the other hand, can be rubbed to add effectiveness.
After washing, hand the fabric either inside or outside to dry. Allow it to dry completely before re-attaching it.
3. Wash and Dry the Gripper Strips
Some baby walkers come with gripper strips that need to be cleaned too.
Gripper strips are used to fasten the baby on the walker to prevent them from falling or sliding off the seat. You know, like your car’s seat belt.
Like the fabric seat, the grippers are easy to clean. You can either machine wash or handwash then hang them to dry.
4. Remove Hair from The Wheels.
No matter how much vacuuming you do, some strands of hair from god knows where always get caught up on the wheels. They prevent the wheels from rolling smoothly and also collect dust and dirt.
Removing the hair is no easy job. This because the wheels have undetachable plastic caps. Also, the wheels and the casing can easily break if you exert so much force.
So, how do you the stubborn hair? Here are a few tips
For loose hair, use duct tape. It quickly grabs most of the hair.
For the tightly entangled hair, use a butter knife to cut the hair between the wheel and the casing. Then, pull out the hair strands with tweezers or your hands.
5. Clean the Plastic Section Of The Walker
This is the simplest part to clean as you can clean it with a damp cloth. It would be best if you had a basin of water nearby to get the job done.
You may need hot or warm water to remove the dried food residue and oily parts. Alternatively, you can use vinegar. It is non-toxic and easily breaks down stubborn stains. Dish soap is also a safe choice.
Whatever you use, make sure you’ve scrubbed all the food residue and other stuff thoroughly.
6. Clean the Toys
Baby walker toys can be a bit complicated to clean since they come in different materials. Some are made of fabric, and others are plain plastic, while others are battery operated.
For the battery-operated toys, you should take the batteries off first before you embark on cleaning.
Also, make sure you don’t dip them in water. You can use a dry or slightly damp cloth to wipe the surface.
If the toys are plastic, use the same procedure you used on the rest of the plastic section. For fabric toys, follow the same technique used for the fabric seat.
7. Wipe the Metallic Rods
Don’t wipe the rods with a damp cloth or deep them in water. Instead, dry cloth to wipe the dust off. This is because they can easily rust.
8. Assemble Back the Baby Walker
After every part of the walker is clean and dry, it’s now safe to assemble back the baby walker. It shouldn’t be a challenging task if you did it when you first bought it.
If it’s your first time, this might be a little difficult and time-consuming. Luckily, you have a user manual to guide you through the process.
9. Spray with A Mild Perfume
This step is optional.
However, if you used unpleasant-smelling detergent or other supplies, you can muffle down the smell with an average scent of perfume.
- Don’t use harsh chemicals on the baby walker. This includes detergents and bleaches, and other toxic cleaning products with strong odors and may cause allergies.
- Follow the fabric seat instructions given in the manual strictly.
- Check the screws and fasteners regularly, especially if your baby is hyper-aggressive. Loose screws pose a risk to the baby.
- Always sanitize the tray.
- All parts should be thoroughly dried before you reassemble the baby walker.
- Don’t expose the baby walker to direct sunlight for a long time as it may cause warping and fade on the plastic framing.
- Always replace the batteries as soon as they die. When storing the baby walker for a long time, always remove the batteries. Leaving them in may lead to leakage, rust, and corrosion.
Tedious as it may sound, washing the baby walker is an activity that you should do at least twice monthly. This will help eliminate germs that may cause allergies, infections, and illnesses.
Besides its health and hygiene value, cleaning the baby walker makes it look attractive. Proper maintenance will also add to the longevity of the walker.
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