How to Clean Chicco Car Seat? – An Easy to Follow Guide

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Bruce Sonnier


Marcus Dutton

how to clean chicco car seat

Cleaning your car does not only involve doing a makeover on its exterior. Of course, the interior requires cleaning, too.

And one of the most important internal parts is the car seats, which should be maintained since babies and toddlers who rest on them need protection from dust and dirt.

Learn how to clean Chicco car seat here.

What You Need

  • washing machine/small basin
  • mild soap/detergent
  • warm/cold water
  • sponge (not so rough to avoid scratching the material too hard)
  • cloth/microfiber towel
  • vacuum cleaner (optional)

Stage 1: Removing Baby Car Seats’ Parts

Before going through the main steps of Chicco car seat cleaning, we need to remove cover, straps, and other Softgood components from it. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: unhooking straps and toggles


Position the seat on a flat surface and rotate the handle back. Behind the canopy arm attachment is where the elastic straps are attached.

Unhook them together with the toggles attached to the canopy top. 

Step 2: removing the canopy and crotch strap pad


On both sides of the car seat, you will find a canopy release button. Push it, then pull the canopy bow up to remove it.

At the center of the seat, you will find the harness adjuster button. Push it and the harness buckles to loosen the harness straps.

To remove the crotch strap pad, push the fabric tab first through the slot on the back of the harness buckle, then pull the pad out.

Afterwards, remove the optional headrest insert and newborn positioner.

Step 3: removing the shoulder pads and straps

At this point, remove the shoulder pads from the shoulder straps by detaching the velcro. 

Flip the carrier upside down and lower the headrest. Then, carefully take out the shoulder straps from the splitter plate. Pull the harness straps out.

Step 4: removing the fabric and the rest of the car seat cover


Begin by flipping the plastic tabs found under the lip at the top of the car seat and near the handle.

Fold the fabric from the top of the car seat and the seat belt guides to the middle to remove it.

You don’t have to take out the hard plastic adjuster cover and the adjuster strap.

Once the cover is unfastened, move the harness, chest clips, and crotch buckle through the harness slots to release the seat pad from the carrier.

Remove the headrest fabric by adjusting it first to the highest position and releasing it from the headrest backplate.

Stage 2: Clean the Seat


Whether you do a Chicco Keyfit 30 cleaning or any other Chicco products, you have to carefully follow the washing instructions to achieve the best cleaning results.

The guide below will help you wash Chicco car seat with care.

Step 1: Cleaning The Fabric

  • Hand-washing or machine-washing the fabric

Wash Chicco Keyfit 30 car seat fabric or any other kind of Chicco fabric through spot cleaning.

It is best to do this by hand to avoid wearing it out or creating a bigger mess on the affected part where dirt is present.

To do this, fill a small basin with mild soap and warm water. Using a sponge, dip it lightly in the soap and wipe the dirty areas of the car seat thoroughly.

If you use a washing machine, fill it with mild detergent and cold water. Set it on a delicate cycle.

Note: The Chicco Fit2 car seat is equipped with a plush and smooth cover, making it easier to wash.

  • Drying the fabric

Allow air to dry the fabric by hanging it in an area where sunlight can penetrate.

Note: The Chicco Keyfit 35 car seat has the thickest foam cushioning of all Keyfit models on the cover, so it requires a longer drying time.

Step 2: Cleaning Shoulder Pads

Use mild soap and warm water to hand wash the shoulder pads. And, then hang the shoulder pads to thoroughly dry them.

Step 3: Cleaning Plastic Parts

Get a sponge to clean the plastics using mild soap and warm water. Then, you can dry plastics by wiping them with a clean cloth or microfiber towel.

Step 4: Cleaning Harness, Buckle, Latch Straps and Latch Hardware

Get a sponge to clean the harness and latch straps using mild soap and warm water.

If debris is on the buckle and latch hardware, rinse them with warm water in a cup. Don’t use soap on these parts. Then, allow them to air dry.

Warning: Do not machine wash harness, buckle, latch straps, and latch hardware to avoid damage. Do not also use bleach and strong detergents to prevent them from weakening. Check here to know the proper way to clean seat belts.

Note: The Chicco toddler car seat like the Fit2 does not have a rethread harness.

Step 5: Cleaning The Rest Of The Car Seat


Use a damp cloth or microfiber towel to wipe and clean the rest of the car seat. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with a small brush attachment to clean the car seat of debris and other dirt.

In a Chicco Nextfit car seat, a removable cup holder is present, which also needs cleaning.

Then, let the car seat base air-dry.

Once all the cleaning is done, you can put the car seat components back and let your baby or toddler enjoy resting in the car seat with comfort in a germ-free area.


It is always good to include the seats in car cleaning. Clean seats not only give comfort to your babies but also keep them from touching dust and other contaminants.

Hopefully, with this guide, you will be directed on the proper way on how to clean Chicco car seat to make it look good as new. Thank you for reading!

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