Prams and pushchairs are not only one of the most used pieces of baby equipment, but they also help create wonderful memories. Your pram or pushchair is part of your family; where you go, it goes, and those memories of taking your little one out will stay with you as they grow.
Silver Cross prams and pushchairs have the luxury factor, so you’ve made an excellent choice. They are simple to maintain and easy to clean all whilst looking stylish and elegant. Naturally, you want to keep it that way and in full working order.
Your pram or pushchair will inevitably need some TLC from time to time, even the grand Silver Cross. With sticky fingers and muddy feet lurking around, knowing some care and maintenance tips will help keep your pram fresh as a daisy.
We know this probably isn’t on the top of your priority list. As a busy parent, you have a million and one jobs to do, so the care and maintenance of your pram should be manageable. Luckily for you, we have put together a simple guide to help make the process quick and easy.
Why Is Care and Maintenance Important?
There’s no denying that with so much use, your pram or pushchair can look a little dirty from time to time, particularly since they’re magnets for spillages, stains, and accidents. Keeping your little one clean not only helps it look beautiful and new but also makes sure it works efficiently.
Proper care and maintenance can increase the longevity of your travelling buddy. Most importantly, whether napping or taking in their surroundings, you want your tot to have a clean and comfortable ride.
How to Clean Silver Cross Prams and Pushchairs: Step by Step Guide
A deep clean isn’t always necessary; sometimes, all your pram or pushchair needs is a quick hoover and a wipe-down. If you regularly maintain yours in this way, you won’t need to do a deep clean as often. After a fun day out, your pram or pushchair can look as tired as you are, and that’s okay, it is a baby product after all so a little mess is expected. In times like these, a deep clean might be necessary.
Step One: Cleaning the Hood
- First, fully extend the hood.
- Vacuum the hood to remove any loose crumbs or dirt.
- Next, use warm, soapy water and a soft sponge to clean the fabric.
- Finally, reattach the hood and allow it to air dry away from direct heat and intense sunlight.
Step Two: Cleaning the Wheels
- First, wipe the wheels with a cloth using warm, soapy water – this will remove the bulk of the dirt.
- Use a soft bristle brush to give them more of a thorough clean.
- Dry with a clean towel or cloth or allow to air dry.
Step Three: Cleaning the Fabric
- Always follow the wash care instruction labels on the fabrics of your pram – it will usually suggest using a cloth with warm soapy water.
- Allow drying naturally, away from direct heat or strong sunlight.
Step Four: Cleaning the Chassis
- Use a soft sponge and warm water to wipe down the chassis.
- Then, wipe off any remaining water with a dry cloth.
With the right amount of tender loving care, your Silver Cross pram or pushchair will be your best friend and be by your side as you watch your little one grow. Not only will it look great, but it will work as it should too.
Essential Care and Maintenance Tips
Whether using the Silver Cross Wayfarer complete travel system or the Silver Cross Pop stroller, the care and maintenance tips are the same, except for the small detail of wheel removal. This makes all Silver Cross prams and pushchairs easier to clean and maintain if you have more than one model, so you don’t need to remember an endless list of cleaning and care instructions for each one.
With all Silver Cross pushchairs and prams, it is recommended not to machine wash, tumble dry or bleach any of the fabrics, as this can do damage to the delicate fibres and cause discolouration.
When folding your pushchair or pram, make sure the front wheels are locked to stay aligned – this reduces the risk of damage. If you notice your wheels or brakes are starting to get a bit stiff, don’t worry this is normal; just remove the wheels for a thorough clean. Regularly lubricate all moving parts and remember that silicone spray is a pram’s best friend. A gentle spray around all moving parts will guarantee your little one’s pram or pushchair goes the distance.
Always check for signs of wear. This will inevitably happen, and it is entirely normal for your pram or pushchair to look a little tired. As you know, looking after a little one is hard work, so your pram or pushchair is going to be very busy! Regularly lubricating and checking all moving parts will keep them going for longer – make sure to have that silicone spray at the ready. Check for freedom of movement on all locking devices too.
How to Care for Pram and Pushchair Accessories
You’ve got a beautiful pram or pushchair, and now you’ve bought the go with it, providing you with additional benefits for hassle-free outings. But these bits and pieces need cleaning and maintaining too, to keep the whole system working efficiently and looking its best.
A footmuff is a lovely and warm accessory to keep your little one snug during the colder months. As with all Silver Cross fabrics, the footmuff is hand washable only up to 30 degrees. Such high usage is very likely to attract dirt and stains. Use warm soapy water and a soft sponge to gently wash out any stains, hoover crumbs, and debris to keep it fresh.
As with the footmuff, it is also recommended not to machine wash your changing bag, as this could damage the fabric and the bag’s compartments. Hand wash only with a soft cloth and warm soapy water to remove stains. Or gently wipe it down after you’ve used it. Make sure to keep your changing bag out of direct sunlight to avoid discolouration.
A rain cover is essential to keep your little one dry and happy in a typical UK shower. Be sure to keep it out of strong sunlight when stored in a car, for example, in view of a window. Your rain cover is hand washed and needs only a wipe-down with warm, soapy water. You can dry it with a towel, or air dry it (away from strong heat and direct sunlight).
We hope you have found this care and maintenance guide helpful. Before you know it, your pram or pushchair will be squeaky clean with our guidance and tips.
Additional Cleaning Tips
- Scrub the straps with warm soapy water to remove stains.
- Buff the wheels and the mental frame for extra sparkle.