How to Disinfect a High Chair
When kids and babies eat, they make a mess. Food goes everywhere, falling in cracks and crevices, on the floor and even hitting the walls. Those messes can invite dangerous germs to grow. Sure, you may wash the tray after each meal, but how often do you disinfect your child's high chair?
Bacteria are among the fastest reproducing organisms in the world, doubling every 4-20 minutes! Daily cleaning and weekly disinfecting are recommended, unless you're dealing with a serious mess like spit-up, mucus or a diaper leak - in which case you'll want to disinfect immediately.
Disinfectants only work when they're wet. Many parents clean surfaces with disinfecting wipes, but those often require that surfaces remain wet for up to 10 minutes in order to be effective. If your baby's high chair isn't wet for the entire time, those germs can remain alive and able to spread.
Keeping a surface wet with disinfecting wipes can be more difficult than you might think. Many of them contain alcohol, which can cause the liquid to dry quickly. This can make it difficult to keep the surface wet without re-wiping multiple times, resulting in a potential waste of both time and money. Additionally alcohol can cause premature cracking of plastic and vinyl. Many types of disinfectants (not just wipes) also contain bleach, which can cause surface discoloration and degradation.
A fast-acting spray-application disinfectant will allow you to disinfect the hard-to-reach areas that wipes often can't, and helps ensure that the surface remains wet for the proper length of time so germs are, in fact, killed. Simple Green Clean Finish Disinfectant Cleaner eliminates cold, flu, E. Coli, Salmonella, Staph and other illness-causing bacteria in 2 minutes or less, without using bleach or alcohol.
When in doubt about a surface, always spot test first. For complete list of kill times, see product label. Use only on hard, non-porous surfaces.
- Remove any visible buildup, including chunks of caked-on food. Also remove any fabric pads or covers prior to cleaning, as they’re not suitable for hard-surface disinfectants and should be washed separately.
- Spray high chair surface with Simple Green Clean Finish Disinfectant Cleaner until it is covered with the product. Be sure to reach all nooks and crevices in the seat, armrests and the underside of the food tray. Allow surface to remain visibly wet for 2 minutes. No scrubbing necessary.
- Wipe dry with a clean cloth or allow to air dry.
- For surfaces that will come in contact with food or with your baby, rinse thoroughly with clean water and wipe dry or allow to air dry.