How to Clean a Pram (Mattress & Frame)

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Cleaning a pram might seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and a bit of time, it can be quite straightforward. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process step by step.


Before you start, gather all the necessary cleaning supplies. You will need:

  • A vacuum cleaner
  • A baby-safe detergent
  • Warm water
  • A bowl
  • A cloth or sponge
  • A brush for small parts and joints

The entire cleaning process will take approximately 1 hour, depending on the complexity of your pram and how dirty it is. Make sure to choose a time when you won't be rushed, and consider doing the cleaning outside or in a well-ventilated area for the best results.

Step-by-Step Instructions to Clean a Pram

1. Check the Labels

Before you begin, check the care labels on your pram for specific cleaning instructions. If you can't find these labels, refer to the manufacturer's manual or website.

2. Disassemble the Pram

Remove the wheels and any detachable fabric. This will allow you to clean each part thoroughly.

3. Vacuum

Use a vacuum cleaner to remove larger crumbs and debris. This step is especially important if your pram does not have detachable, washable fabrics.

4. Clean the Fabric

If the fabric is machine-washable, wash it on a gentle cycle using a baby-safe detergent. If it's not, fill a bowl with warm water and a small amount of soap. Use a cloth to wipe the fabric down, scrubbing as needed. Rinse with a clean, wet cloth and let the fabric air dry completely.

5. Clean the Frame and Wheels

Use a damp cloth to wipe down the frame and wheels. For smaller parts and joints, use a brush to get into the nooks and crannies.

6. Reassemble the Pram

Once all parts are clean and dry, reassemble the pram. Now it's ready for your next adventure!


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How to Clean a Pram Mattress

Cleaning a pram mattress or pram liner  is just as important as cleaning the pram itself. But did do you know that having a pram liner can reduce the need to clean the mattress. Here's how to do it:

1. Remove the Mattress or Liner

Take the mattress out of the pram.

2. Vacuum

Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any dust or crumbs.

3. Spot Clean

If there are any visible stains, spot clean them with a baby-safe detergent and warm water. Use a soft brush or cloth to gently scrub the stain.

4. Air Dry

Let the mattress air dry completely before putting it back in the pram.

What is the best way to clean a pram?

The best way to clean a pram involves several steps. First, disassemble the pram and vacuum to remove crumbs and debris. Then, depending on the fabric's care instructions, machine wash or hand wash the fabric with a baby-safe detergent. Finally, wipe down the frame and wheels with a damp cloth, let all parts air dry, and then reassemble the pram.

Can I use any detergent to clean my pram?

It's recommended to use a baby-safe detergent to clean your pram. These detergents are typically free from harsh chemicals and fragrances that could irritate your baby's skin.

How often should I clean my pram?

The frequency of cleaning depends on how often you use your pram and how dirty it gets. However, a good rule of thumb is to do a quick clean or wipe-down after each use, with a more thorough cleaning every few weeks.

Can I machine wash my pram's fabric?

Whether or not you can machine wash your pram's fabric depends on the manufacturer's instructions. Some pram fabrics are machine-washable, while others should be hand washed. Always check the care label or manual before washing.

What material is best for a pram?

The best material for a pram is durable, easy to clean, and comfortable for your baby. Many prams use a combination of materials, such as a sturdy metal frame with fabric seats. The fabric should be breathable and preferably machine-washable for easy cleaning.

How do I clean a pram mattress?

To clean a pram mattress, first remove it from the pram. Vacuum to remove any dust or crumbs, then spot clean any visible stains with a baby-safe detergent and warm water. Let the mattress air dry completely before putting it back in the pram.

Can I use bleach to clean my pram?

It's generally not recommended to use bleach to clean a pram as it can be too harsh and potentially damage the materials. Instead, use a baby-safe detergent or a mild soap and warm water.

About the author
Gemma Woolich

Gemma Woolich

Gemma Woolich is the founder of Pram Picks, As a mother of four young children. She is passionate about helping families make informed pram purchases through transparent, consumer-focused reviews.

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