Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cleaning your Car Seat:Tips from Clek

I received product for review from the Clek company in a previous post, which can be found here

It never fails, when we get in the car, and we have snacks or drinks, they get spilled, or I find evidence of those snacks and drinks in the seats where the kids sat. As the kids get older, they tend to get better at keeping their places clean, but when it comes to babies and toddlers, it seems as if messes are inevitable. With a baby, you have spit up, which happens, and it seems to happen right when you get baby in the car, or as you are driving down the road. Or the toddler, seems to tear open that bag of crackers you handed them as you are driving, getting them all over the place, making it so you have to get the car seat and shake it out once you get to your destination. To help with cleaning up some of those uh ohs, or oh nos that happen in the car seats, the wonderful people from Clek decided to share some great cleaning tips! 

  1. When it comes to your child’s car seat, safety is always first, so be sure not to use any harsh chemical cleaning products, soaps or scrubs.
  2. Avoid disassembling the seat itself and do not wash any straps or detachable devices in the washing machine (this can cause deterioration, and potentially damage your car seat). A damp cloth may be used on the straps.
  3. Mix two cups of warm water with one teaspoon of enzyme laundry detergent (e.g. Nature Clean or Tide Free) to form a mixture that works well on most stains.
  4. Follow these simple steps to spot cleaning your messy seat:
    • Remove excess soil (can use a soft brush or a vacuum)
    • Apply the soap mixture to the stained area
    • Agitate stain with a soft brush
    • Allow solution to remain on stain for one minute
    • Blot up the stain with a dry, white towel
    • Thoroughly rinse any remaining soap (can use a spray bottle with water to do this) and blot the area again
    • Repeat if necessary
  5. Go the extra mile with a do-it-yourself, organic, fabric refresher spray:
    • Fill a spray bottle with a diluted vinegar and water solution
    • Add half a teaspoon of essential oil (whichever your preference, can even mix them to create a custom scent)
    • Add half a teaspoon of vegetable glycerin, to help emulsify the essential oil(s)
    • Move harness straps to the side so as not spray them

If your child loves to snack, gets car sick, or has reflux, you’ll love Clek’s fleet of car seats since they’re so easy to clean!

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