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Cleaning Tips for Used Baby Furniture

29 May, 2018

When expecting a child, many parents wisely take some time to look at their budget and plan for the future. Unexpected costs often pop up, such as medical expenses, nursery décor, baby furniture, clothing, and more. Some parents are looking for ways to save money, so they consider the option to buy used baby furniture.

Used furniture might help you save money, but there are a few drawbacks to buying used instead of new. One of the biggest concerns is exposing your new baby to germs and bacteria left behind by the previous owner. Furniture surfaces often carry harmful bacteria, so you need to be proactive to sanitize these germ-breeding areas.

How to Clean Furniture

Your technique for cleaning the furniture varies depending on the type of furniture that you purchased. Here are a few tips that you can use:

Plastic Furniture: Many baby items are made of plastic, including the high chair, tub, and even changing tables. If you have plastic furniture, sanitize the surface with a mixture of vinegar and water. Put equal parts of each ingredient in a spray bottle with a few drops of lemon essential oil. Spray down the furniture and wipe it clean with a dry rag.

Plastic Cushions: Some furniture pieces have plastic cushions, such as high chairs, swings, changing tables, or strollers. Before you clean the furniture, it is best to remove the plastic cushion. Then, use a bristled brush to gently clean the cushion with a little bit of antibacterial soap and water, paying special attention to seams and crevices. Let the cushion dry outside in direct sunlight to help with sterilization.

Bedding and Fabric Cushions: What if the cushions are made of fabric? Start by using a vacuum to get rid of crumbs and dirt. Then, hand-wash the fabric in a solution of water and a few drops of soap and leave the cushions or bedding outside to dry. Certain types of fabric can be thrown in the washing machine, so read the labels.

Wood Furniture: Wood is a popular product for baby furniture since it is beautiful and natural. To effectively clean wood furniture, add several drops of Pine-Sol in a bucket of water. Use hot water to help with sanitation. Then, soak a cleaning rag in the mixture, wring out the rag, and wipe down the surfaces of the furniture.

Should You Buy Used Furniture?

If you want to avoid the headache of cleaning used furniture, then you might consider the option to buy new furniture instead. The right investment can give your child a bed to use for the rest of their life. Talk to our team here at Tots to Teens to learn more.