A popular question people ask when thinking of buying this chair is “Can I wash the Chicco Polly highchair?” The easy answer is, yes.
One of the great features of the Chicco Polly highchair is that it’s a doddle to clean. It is well-built and each part of it can be cleaned either in place or removed. There is no place where food can go that you cannot get to it. The guide that follows shows you how easy it is to remove the necessary parts for cleaning the Chicco Polly highchair. Click the images for larger views.
Step 1 – The Outer Padding
To remove the outer padding simply un-clip the shoulder straps from the waist straps. The four straps and the crotch strap can then be fed through the holes and the padding lifted from the seat.
By pushing the padding out from the rear all the crevices are revealed for a proper clean.
Step 2 – Remove the Seat Cover
The seat cover is just as easily removed as it is held on in the same way as the outer padding. Simply thread all the straps through the holes and lift the cover away from the chair back by pulling it upwards.
Again, by pushing the cover out from behind you will reveal some hidden creases and seems that may need a good brushing out to release hidden bits of food or dried milk.
You can see in the photo that it is held in place with elastic around the top of the chair.
Step 3 – Remove the Straps
In the photo below you will see the seat cover removed. Attached securely to the seat back are two small straps with plastic loops. The waist straps simply clip onto these loops. Detach them and remove.
The shoulder straps simply attach themselves to the seat back by threading the buckles through two slots in the plastic (see photo from rear). They will be held there securely but are easily removed by an adult by twisting the buckles and threading them through.
Here are the straps ready for cleaning. I have found there are two products that really do the job well. There is Napisan (available from most supermarkets), which is a stain remover come nappy treatment powder. Simply soak fabrics in warm water with a small amount of Napisan and the stain come right out.
The other product is Dr Beckmann travel wash and its the best thing I have used on soiled baby clothes ever! It is a gel that comes in a tube and you can simply rub it into the straps with some warm water and work it for a couple of minutes. It beats some of the other stain removers I have used on baby clothes within seconds and its great for these straps.
Step 4 – Clean the Shell
Here you can see the highchair with almost all the removable components taken away. Other parts that can be removed are the netting underneath, the side tray and the foot rest. The latter is a common place to find food debris but is easily removed in about 2 seconds for a quick brush off or wipe.
Owing to the way in which the highchair is made it has a number of ridges and recesses. Most of these are easily cleaned with a brush that will flick the bits out; you can also use a vacuum cleaner on this section if you have the appropriate attachment.