Monday, March 17, 2014

Cleaning Your BOB Stroller

So, the other night we were exhausted from a double-header day of baseball, 6-months photos for the baby, and just general cleaning around the house.  I was not in the mood to make dinner and had forgotten to toss something in the crock pot that morning.  So, the kids and I loaded up and headed out to grab some dinner from Chick-fil-A with the stack of free food coupons I won awhile back.

As I started the drive, I decided that the 15 minute drive was too far so I went to grab a pizza instead.  This turned out to be the best decision ever.

This particular pizza place is next door to a Goodwill Donation Center.  As I was backing out, two men were attempting to drop off some strollers - including a BOB jogging stroller.  Goodwill cannot accept these items because of the sheer number of recalls placed on children's equipment.  So, I mustered up some boldness, rolled down my window, and asked if they needed to get rid of the strollers.  The men eagerly responded with, "Yes!  Do you want them?"

You don't have to ask me twice!  I pulled up alongside the gentlemen and they helped me load a very dirty BOB into my SUV (thank goodness I had the room that day!)  We exchanged a few pleasantries and I went on my way.  I couldn't believe my luck!

Once home, I took a good look at this stroller.  It was filthy, but in otherwise great working condition.  There was shredded tarp wrapped around one of the wheels, cat fur and bark in the basket, spiderwebs and dust coated the whole thing, flat tires, but nothing I couldn't fix.  So I set to work.  Before I started washing though, my husband removed the wheels to get the shredded tarp off.

First thing when cleaning your BOB Stroller, you want to give it a good vacuum, to pick up any loose dirt and debris.

Next, pull out your car washing supplies.  These strollers are meant for the outdoors so this will not harm them.  We happened to be out of car wash soap, but I always have blue Dawn on hand for cloth diapers.  That stuff is magic!  I took the scrub brush and soapy water and scrubbed it all over.

After a thorough rinse, I placed it in the sun to dry.  It was a warm day, so this didn't take long.

Looking at it, it looks practically new.  The straps are in amazing condition and this stroller even has the cup holder attachment.  The stroller retails over $300 and the cup holder for over $20.  And I got the whole thing for free + elbow grease.  I'd say it was a good weekend!  I cannot wait to take this for a run and try it out.


  1. Thanks for sharing, Jen! Cleaning the stroller can be quite difficult, since it involves a lot of scrubbing and maneuvering through the tight spots. And speaking of scrubbing, it has to be done properly and gently, to avoid fluffing the thread and ruining the appearance of the stroller. Hope that tip helps for the next time you have to clean it. Have a nice day!

    Bo Tolbert @ HJS Supply

  2. Wow... ! It's really a good post .I suffered this problem and i am thinking how could i cleaned Jogging Stroller .Then I followed your post. After reading your amazing post , I solved my problem. I love your post. Thank you for sharing this.