How to Clean a Pram: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents

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Posted on December 2, 2023

The baby pram will be your child's first and primary form of transport for many months, therefore it must be clean to make sure every journey is enjoyable and safe.


It is not difficult to get the pram dirty – both on the outside (e.g. mud) and inside (food stains, saliva, etc.). So, knowing how to keep your pram clean is worth your while!

Our guide shows you how to take good care of your pram every day and how to clean it quickly. After all, new parents have very little time on their hands on these days.

Preparing the necessary accessories

Good preparation is the key to success, and this is no different. So what do you need? A few basic products.


  • Warm water.
  • Soft cloth or sponge.
  • Mild detergent (e.g. for textiles).
  • Small toothbrush.
  • Vacuum cleaner with upholstery nozzle.
  • Stain remover (optional).

As you can see, this is fundamental equipment, as you will only need a few products to clean your baby pram effectively. However, it is essential to make sure that the products you use are gentle and safe – especially if you are cleaning the inside of the carrycot or the mattress.

Preparing the pram

The second step is to prepare the pram. It is important to start cleaning when you are sure that the pram will not be used for at least a few hours.

First, remove all accessories from the pram, including toys, blankets, and bags. If you want to clean it thoroughly, you can wash it in the washing machine according to the producer’s recommendations. Secondly, if possible, disassemble all removable parts, as this will allow for a more effective cleaning and easier drying.

Thus, you can vacuum the pram, paying particular attention to corners, holes, and hard-to-reach areas. If you have one, use the special nozzles on your vacuum cleaner to make it easier to reach these spots.


Cleaning of the fabric, frame and wheels

Once you have vacuumed, it is time to clean the fabric well. Use a damp cloth or sponge and a mild detergent and wipe over the entire surface of the material, avoiding over-soaking. If you find any stubborn stains (e.g., from food), use a special stain remover to eliminate them. Once the fabric has been cleaned this way, allow it to dry.

You can use the same cloth/sponge to clean the frame – use a small toothbrush for areas that are hard to reach and where dirt can be easily collected. Clean the wheels in the same way. Finally, wipe dry to remove any remaining water and dirt.


Drying and re-folding the baby pram

Drying takes time, especially fabrics on the body of the pram. You can speed it up slightly by exposing the pram to heat (e.g., near a radiator or in the sun), but make sure the fabric is not too close to the heat source.

Once all the components are perfectly dry, re-assemble all the removable accessories. Ensure that the trim parts are not wet, as this could make them difficult to fit or cause unpleasant results in the future (e.g., rusting).

Some final tips

Cleaning a baby pram or pushchair certainly does not have to be a tedious and time-consuming process. On the contrary, it can be done quickly and efficiently. Here are a few extra tips to help you keep your pram looking good for longer.

  • Clean the pram periodically to prevent the build-up of dirt (e.g., the wheels after a walk).
  • Avoid using strong chemicals as they can damage the fabrics and materials of the pram and endanger your child’s safety.
  • Always check the pram manual guide for cleaning and care – some parts can be successfully cleaned mechanically, but check the manual for instructions on how to do this.
  • Protect the pram from rain or snow with a rain cover.

Following these tips will keep your baby pram clean, prolong its life, and ensure your child’s safety and comfort.

We hope you will find cleaning your baby’s pram easier with our quick guide. And if you are looking for more parenting tips, check out our pram shop, where you’ll find all the essential baby products, as well as a blog with articles on a whole bunch of different parenting topics.