If you face issues with cleaning removable or non-removable chair straps, you are in the right place. We made this article for those of you who need some help because even though most of the chairs are easy to clean, some are not, and you may face trouble. High chairs are easy to clean; all you have to do is use a clean damp cloth to wipe the chair down where all the sticking food comes off with no effort.
Cleaning the chair is an easy task, but the problem arises when it comes to cleaning the straps since they can get really dirty. This can be a serious issue because the straps are fabric, and you can not clean them by simply wiping them as you do with the rest of the chair. The whole process of cleaning the straps gets much more comfortable if they are removable.
Keep reading this article to find more ways about how to clean high chair straps, whether they are removable or non-removable. This way, you will prevent bacteria and mold growth, which can cause some severe health issues.
How To Clean High Chair Straps
You will need:
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Soft brush
- Bleach (optional)
- A disinfecting/ sterilizing solution like Milton
Cleaning removable high chair straps
We have been searching for the easiest, most efficient ways to clean your baby’s high chair straps, and we have concluded everything you need to know in a few simple steps. The following steps are highly suitable for removable chair straps:
1. First step is to remove the straps
2. If you are going to use a washing machine for your purpose, we recommend you first to put the straps in a wash bag then throw it into the machine.
3. If you do not have a washing machine, you can simply wash them by hand. Use hot water and appropriate detergent to soak the straps for a few hours or overnight. To get rid of foul odor and remove nasty stains, we recommend you to add some white vinegar or baking soda. After that, gently scrub with a soft brush
4. We recommend you to use bleach if you face any stubborn stains. Before using bleach, it is always good to check the straps’ material since some manufacturers are against using such cleaning agents. Always make sure you read the instructions written by the manufacturer before the whole washing process.
5. In order to remove any traces of the detergent and the bleach, you should nicely rinse the straps after the washing process.
6. In addition to washing, if you want to sterilize the straps, we recommend you to use vinegar or any disinfectant you may find useful and safe to use on items used by children.
7. When all these steps are done correctly, then you are ready to go outside and hang the straps to dry.
Cleaning non-removable high chair straps
Here is what you should do in case the straps of your child’s high chair are undetachable. Follow the next steps:
1. The first step is to take your kid’s high chair outside the house.
2. After that soak the straps while they are still attached to the chair in detergent or dish soap. The best possible way to do this is by dipping a cloth in soapy water then start rubbing the straps.
3. In order to make the dry food soften, it is good to let them soak for a few hours.
4. After that, pay special attention to areas with stains. You can remove them by gently scrubbing them with a soft brush.
5. Read the instructions written by the manufacturer, and if they allow, you can use a bleaching agent to help you remove residual stubborn stains.
6. Nicely rinse with water and leave the chair outside to dry for as long as necessary.
7. Sterilize the straps
8. It is almost impossible not to get water onto the cover while washing the straps, but if possible, we recommend you to wash it too before rinsing off the straps. It is good to wipe the rest of the chair in order to prevent mold and rust on the metal parts.
- Always re-check if your high chair’s straps are removable since sometimes they only need a little gentle force to come out.
More on how to clean a high chair
- How often to clean high chair and straps?
It is essential that you regularly clean your chair to prevent any bacteria since the food stuck on the chair, especially on the straps, can become a health hazard because it can result in the growth of mold.
A recent study concluded that high chairs people have at their homes and those in restaurants shelter more bacteria than the average public toilet seat, which is an alarming discovery. This can be prevented with a nice cleaning; otherwise, it can cause some serious illness if children have frequent contact with such dirty seats.
Medical professionals recommend nicely clean your kid’s chair and thoroughly sterilize it at least twice a month. In order to prevent build-up, it is also good to wipe the chair after each meal. Keep in mind that it is much harder to remove food stains when they are dry.
- How to clean high chair cover?
Do not forget to also wash the high chair cover while washing the straps since it is also left with a cover full of food stans and cramps after each meal. Thus, you will prevent a build-up.
Washing the cover is very simple, just remove it from the chair and toss it into the washing machine. In case the cover has vinyl, we recommend you wash it in cold water and hang it to dry.
If it happens that your little one throws up on the cover and you need to get rid of the vomit smell, we highly recommend you to soak it for a few hours in a solution of white vinegar or baking soda. They will help you get rid of the smell before putting the cover into the washing machine.
- How to clean high chair tray?
This is the easiest part to clean. If it is not too dirty, you can simply wipe it with a soft cloth with the help of little water and dish soap.
There is also a high chair cleaner spray, which you can use to wipe the tray with the help of a wet paper towel. You can disinfect with vinegar. It is the right choice since it is safe for children, natural, and can efficiently sanitize.
We hope that our article has been of real help for those of you looking for a guide on how to clean removable and non-removable chair straps, tray, and cover. We highly recommend you always wipe the chair after each meal and deep clean it at least twice a month. Thus, you will prevent your children from having health issues that may occur as a result of contact with dirty chairs and bacteria.