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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 the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. 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.

“When it comes to car seats, the components must withstand high forces and repeated use to keep kids safe in the event of a crash, so you don’t want to use any cleaners or disinfectants that may compromise any of the seat’s components in any way,” says Jennifer Stockburger, director of operations at Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center and a certified child passenger safety technician.

The simple solution: 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.

Follow these tips to remove the coronavirus, as well as other germs and dirt, from your car seat.

Covers and Soft Goods
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.

Harness Webbing and LATCH Straps
Typically, harnesses and straps should be only spot-cleaned. 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.

Buckles
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. We recommend checking your owner’s manual for the specific product guidance.

Source: Clean Coronavirus From Your Child’s Car Seat – Consumer Reports