Looking to Clean a Graco Slim Spaces High Chair? Look no further than this step-by-step photo tutorial!
You guys, babies are messy. They are DISGUSTING. If there is a clean spot in my house, Ryan will find it and smear God-knows-what in to it. I’ve mentioned how much I love our Graco Slim Spaces High Chair. We have a really small house and I love that it’s a free-standing, traditional high chair (safer for when Cooper inevitably stands up on it to steal a bite..) but with a small footprint when you fold it up to put it away. The cover is washable, which is awesome since Ryan has an affinity for reaching dirty, yogurt covered hands behind him and wiping them off. It has a two layer tray that’s removable too, which I love because let’s be honest, there are definitely times when I still haven’t cleaned the top tray by the time lunch rolls around.. Just me? Okay, I’m only a little ashamed. The entire tray comes off so that I can put together Ryan’s meal after I get him situated, click in the tray, and let him go crazy.
As much as I love how easy to clean this high chair is, doing a good, deep cleaning is a little more confusing. There are a lot of snaps and hooks involved, and if you don’t remember how you got it all off, getting it back on can be a hassle. If you’re anything like me, you lose or throw out the manual within a week of buying anything.
So I’ve put together this little tutorial on how to get the high chair apart and give it a really deep clean. For some reason, when I Googled it, I couldn’t find a single tutorial, so I had to wing it.
Regardless, here you go: How to clean a Graco Slim Spaces High Chair.
First things first, take off the tray. I wash and wipe this down multiple times a day, but eventually it still looks like it’s stained after a while. Once a month when I do my “deep clean” I like to fill the sink up with some water and a little bleach and let it soak for a while. Wash it well after. Next, take off the first, washable cover. You need to first undo the elastic hooks on the bottom near the foot rest.
Next, pull out the stick-things from the arms. You have to put the tray rest down first. Then pull out the straps and remove the cover from the .
I throw this in the wash with my normal laundry. Detergent and cool water. I always do my high chair cleaning at night because throwing it in the dryer is a no-no. I’ve done it once when I was having my MIL come over and I didn’t want a nasty high chair, but I wouldn’t suggest doing it every time. Once it’s done washing, hang it to dry. If it’s super gross and full of stuck-on crumbs, I suggest popping the corners (where all the food gets trapped) out before putting it in the wash. Next we want to take off the gray liner. This isn’t going into the wash, but it’s easier to clean the base and take out the straps if we do. First undo the velcro and the two snaps behind the chair.
Undo the corner snaps near the arm rests and the one near the tray joint. Now you can take off the gray liner.
Now it’s time to take off the straps. Feel where the anchor for the straps is through the liner. Pull the short end of the anchor through the hole on each of the arm and lap straps. Then pull the lap strap out of the actual high chair. Throw these in the wash too, and air dry them.
Then remove the center strap. It’s not in the gray liner, but in the plastic base.
Now the fun stuff. Spray it down with you cleaner of choice. Take a tooth brush (I know..) and scrub out the spots a sponge won’t get into. Places that food gets caked. Sigh in relief when it becomes sparkly white.
Next wipe the rest of it down. I scrub it with a Magic Eraser. With no covers on, you can see and get to every spot. Look at it in shock of how much food gets in crazy places. Fold up the high chair to get to other spots hidden when open and clean there, too. Wipe the entire thing down when you’re done.
Replace the (now clean) straps into the liner and chair, the same way we took them out. Make sure you put them in the right way. The shoulder straps should curve in, and the hip strap buckles should also point inward, as pictured below. Replace the liner in the opposite way as we took it off, and pull the middle strap through the liner. Replace the now dry cover, and pull the straps through. Put the stick things in first, then put the elastic around the anchors. Place baby in high chair and get it messy again…..
I hope this little tutorial is helpful. I love this high chair so much, and I think you would as well. Let me know if you have any questions for me!
*I wasn’t paid to write this post. Graco doesn’t know I exist, but I just genuinely adore this high chair!*