How to Clean a Baby Playmat

Babies are adorable but since they are babies, they do not really care about cleanliness. All they want to do is have fun spilling contents from their sippy cups and spread snack crumbs all over their playmats. And you often find yourself cleaning up your baby’s mess. Playmats are fantastic baby toys but they get dirty really fast.

Baby playmats come in a wide range of sizes and materials. This means there is a different method of cleaning for different kinds of playmats. There are playmats that you can easily clean by just spraying soapy water from a spray bottle and wiping it gently with a clean damp cloth. There are others that can be washed in a washing machine.

Knowing what your playmat is and its material is important for an easy cleaning process. Most of the time the information you need to know before you wash your baby’s playmat is right there on the packaging. Many manufactures include care instructions to guide their customers on how to look after and take care of their baby playmats.

Keeping your baby’s playmat clean at all times is very important because this is where your baby is playing and the playmant comes in contact with her skin. As parents, we want our children to play in a clean and safe environment to protect them from dust, harmful germs and bacteria.

Probably the easiest way to clean your playmat is to toss it into your washing machine. This is particularly convenient for busy parents. But not all playmats are machine-washable. Before putting your dirty playmat in your washing machine, make sure that it is indeed washing machine washable.

Waterproof playmats are also easy to clean. All you need is a spray bottle filled with soapy water and a clean damp cloth.

If you want to keep everything natural, you can use vinegar or baking soda instead of cleaning detergents. Vinegar is a good cleaning agent especially if you are sanitising after an illness. Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Using natural cleaners is highly recommended because most of the time it prevents allergic reactions.

Foam playmats are the most common type of playmat because most of the time these playmats provide the right amount of cushion for children to avoid serious injuries when they accidentally fall or stumble. However, these types of playmats are also the most difficult to clean. Foam absorbs wetness, moisture and any liquid it comes in contact with. This means if you drenched it in water or dumped it in a bucket filled with soapy water, it would take a long time to dry it before your baby can safely use it again. Molds and mildew thrive in moist environments. You would want to wipe your foam playmat with a clean damp cloth while occasionally spraying some soapy water from your spray bottle. A spray bottle is ideal here because it allows you to control how much cleaning liquid goes into your foam playmat.

To summarise, always check the package label of your playmat for care instructions and follow it. Never deviate from what the manufacturer indicated in the care instructions because you would end up with a damaged playmat. Read product details and get to know your playmat’s materials. Read product reviews from other parents to get an idea on what to expect when your playmat gets dirty.


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