Bacteria on the child’s car seat was MUCH HIGHER than that found on the steering wheel
A car seat is a vital piece of equipment that helps to keep your young ones safe in the car.
However, while it may protect babies and toddlers in the event of a car crash, a new report has found that disgusting levels of bacteria are being found on them.
The report by Leasing Options revealed how one in every 10 parents admit to only cleaning their child’s car seat once a year, while one in 15 say that they never wash the child car seat.
Also, a staggering 44% of parents surveyed said that they clean their child’s car seat less than once every six months.
Leasing Options say that parents who don’t wash the car seats regularly would be shocked by the bacteria that can collect on the surface.
The company swabbed various parts of the interior of cars to see what germs are hidden in an area many people use every single day.
The report found that the steering wheels, hand brakes, gear sticks and central consoles and radios registered between 10-20 Limit Of Detection (LOD) for bacteria.
The child’s car seat registered a shocking 3,000 LOD – over three times over the limit where bacteria MUST be reported and acted upon.
Leasing Options also found that the main bacteria found of the child’s car seat was faecal streptococci, which is found in poo and can cause bacterial pneumonia, ear infections and bacterial meningitis.
The six steps to keep your child’s car seat clean
Leasing Options has issued a six-step guide to keeping your child’s car seat clean and bacteria free.
1. Remove the Seat
The first step is to remove the seat from the car. This is to ensure you can get into every nook and cranny, thus ensuring the best clean possible, which may not be doable if the seat remains in the car.
If this is the first time removing the seat since installation and you are unsure how to reinstall, it’s always good to take pictures over each stage of the uninstalling process, so you can refer to these when reinstalling.
2. Wipe and Vacuum Seat
Begin by removing as much grime as possible with anti-bacterial wipes and a vacuum cleaner. This will make the rest of the cleaning process easier.
3. Remove the Cover
Most child seats have removable fabric covers. Once removed these can usually be thrown into the washing machine for a thorough cleanse.
Cotton covers are best washed at 6040 is preferred for synthetics.
4. Clean the Seat’s Base
Using a mild detergent and a damp cloth or sponge, rub away all dirt and grime from the seat’s base then rinse well with water.
Make sure when rinsing to alter the angle and direction of the seat so that none of the water collects.
5. Clean Buckles and Straps
Straps should not be put in the washing machine as it can degrade their strength, causing potential safety hazards.
Instead, these should be cleaned using a soft cloth, warm water and a gentle soap.#
As for buckles, these are best treated by being dunked into warm water and then moved around to dislodge any dirt.
Use a soft cloth for additional cleaning, if necessary.
6. Dry, Reassemble and Refit into Car Securely
Once thoroughly cleaned it’s time to reinstall the seat back into the car.
Refer to the pictures taken when you dismantled the chair to see how to properly reinstall if you find yourself in any bother.
Once reinstalled you can have peace of mind that your child is now free from any harmful bacteria on their next road trip.