Cleaning Potential Coronavirus Off Your Child's Car Seat

April 16, 2020

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Sanitizing and cleanliness is at the forefront of everyone’s mind these days. Parents are being extra-vigilant in cleaning their home and car to protect the family from coronavirus. Naturally this sanitization should also include their child’s car seat. However, bleach and other strong chemicals that work well on some surfaces may harm the car seat. Follow these tips to remove the coronavirus, as well as other germs and dirt, from your car seat. Many, but not all, manufacturers allow for machine washing for removable car seat covers and pads. Mild or baby-specific detergents are typically recommended. Covers and pads should then be air-dried. Do not use bleach.  As for the harness webbing and LATCH straps, Use a nonabrasive damp cloth, or sponge, with mild soap and warm water. Be sure to air dry these parts and not throw them into your dryer. The common advice is to use only water when cleaning buckles or push-on LATCH connectors. The concern is that soaps or lubricants as may leave residue that can affect performance. Further, some cleaners that are recommended for tackling coronavirus in the house can be corrosive. However, some seat manufacturers allow for use of soap to clean these components. The car seat shell and other plastic parts most likely can be cleaned with damp cloths and mild soap and water. If you use soap, be sure to go back over the shell with a clean, damp cloth to remove any soap residue. Consult your car seat owner’s manual for instructions on how to correctly wash and dry your specific car seat and its various components. If you can’t find your manual, check the manufacturer website for a digital version or call customer service to have a replacement manual sent to you.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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