How to Clean a Pack and Play

By Susan Revermann
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A Pack 'n Play keeps your little one contained to one area so he can play in a safe environment -- or use it as a safe place for him to sleep while you're traveling. As with any item that your baby or toddler touches, that play yard requires regular cleaning to remove germs, drool, fingerprints and unidentified smudges. Proper cleaning can help keep that Pack 'n Play looking good as new until your child outgrows it.

Step 1

Take the mattress out of the play yard and lay it down on the floor. Remove the sheet from the mattress. Wash the sheet in the washing machine with warm water, or according to the care label on the sheet. Dry it in the dryer or on the clothesline.

Step 2

Fill a bucket with warm, soapy water. Dip a sponge or washcloth into the water, wring out the excess moisture and use it to wash all surfaces of the play yard. This gentle cleaning solution is effective for cleaning all vinyl, plastic and metal parts of the Pack 'n Play, such as the mattress, mesh sides and frame. Be sure to clean the insides and outsides of the mesh. You can also use a slightly damp sponge or washcloth to wash the soft toy accessories; just make sure you don’t drip liquid into the battery compartment.

Step 3

Dump the soapy water out, rinse the bucket and refill the bucket with plain water. Grab another washcloth or the sponge and use the water to wipe down the unit again to remove any soapy residue.

Step 4

Let the Pack 'n Play air-dry before placing the sheet back on the mattress and placing the mattress back in the unit.

Step 5

Toss the carrying bag in the washing machine as well. Use cold water on the delicate cycle. Hang the bag up to let it air-dry.pa