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Car Seat Cleaning & Safety: Hidden Dangers Should Prompt Car Seat Cleaning More Often

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Car Seat Cleaning Is Critical To Your Child’s Health And Safety.

At Germz Be Gone we take car seat cleaning seriously since the cleanliness of your child’s car seat lends directly to its safety in two important ways: infection risk and reduced functionality. 

Infection Risk. A dirty car seat carries a lot of germs your child tracks all over the place. Imagine the harmful germs your child picks up and carries from the park, school, stores, sports, etc. From any of those places, you place your child in their car seat repeatedly and, if you’re like most parents, you don’t clean and sanitize their seat each time they come out of it. With the combination of the desert heat, food crumbs, sweat, and spilled milk, conditions are ideal for the harmful germs to thrive and multiply, out number the good protective microorganisms, and eventually get your child sick.

What’s The Big Deal? Harmful germs can affect your child’s health in the following ways.

  • Skin infection from staph.
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps from infectious e.coli or salmonella
  • Lingering colds and other illnesses from germs still living in the seat.
  • Allergies from mites and fungi (molds).

Each of the above can lead to health issues, missed opportunities for your child, and missed work for you the parent​.

Easy, Quick Sanitizing. As a busy parent, you may not have time for a full fledged detailing and sanitizing every day. So what Germz Be Gone recommends as an affordable solution is to make a small spray bottle of good old vinegar (6% acid if you can find it). Set the spray bottle on mist, and each time you take your child out of her car seat, quickly mist the car seat’s fabric being careful not to spray the buckles or straps. The smell will go away after a few minutes (usually before you get back in the car) and the vinegar will kill most germs without harmful side effects.

When it’s time for a thorough car seat cleaning, detailing and sanitizing, call Germz Be Gone.

Reduced Functionality. Food crumbs and sticky substances often fall into areas you don’t normally see, but are critical to the safety​ of the car seat. Things like gears and clasps can get stuck or not snap together completely. If this happens, your child’s safety is at extreme risk if in an accidental or sudden stop situation. Your child can be thrown from his car seat and tossed about the cabin or ejected from the vehicle itself.

Always do a quick check of your child’s straps and buckles by giving them a firm tug. Also be sure to check for and remove debris or other items that may find their way into gears, buttons, and release/locking mechanisms.

Remember:

  • Keep your child’s car seat clean and sanitized to reduce germs and her chances of getting sick.
  • Check for and remove debris from gears, buttons, clasps, release/locking mechanisms.
  • Perform a quick safety check each time you place your child in his car seat.

More information can be found at germzbegone.com or safekidsclarkcounty.org.