Angela asked: How do I get a water stain off of a colored playpen mat? My playpen has four small, thin boards wrapped with a cushion. The cover is supposed to be water proof. My son spilled a sippy cup on it, and now it has a light brown spot in the middle of it. How do I get it out? The cover cannot be removed. I need help removing this spot.
Most play pens are designed to be spot cleaned only, and you should always avoid harsh chemicals in areas that children come into contact with. The best solution for a water stain on a playpen is to focus on more than just the water stain, instead, clean the entire surface. Here’s what you should do.
You Will Need:
- Soft bristle brush or heavy duty sponge
- Laundry detergent (ideally one made for babies)
- Warm water
- Clean spray bottle
- Small bucket
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Mix a solution of laundry detergent and warm water in the bucket. You want a mild, slightly sudsy solution. If you overdo the detergent, it will be difficult to remove.
- Pour the detergent solution into the spray bottle.
- Spray lightly, don’t soak, the playpen mat with the cleaning liquid.
- Scrub the mat vigorously with the brush or sponge.
- When you’ve covered the entire surface, rinse the sponge or brush and go over the mat again with plain water to rinse.
- Set the mat outside in the sun to dry. To help prevent fading, do not leave it out longer than necessary.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Do not soak the playpen mat. Trapped moisture will cause mold or mildew growth that may be harmful to your child.
- The sun acts as a natural cleaning agent. If you don’t have sun exposure, allow the mat to dry with as much dry air circulation as possible.
- Be sure to remove all of the soap from the surface. If a residue remains, it can create a sticky surface that will attract dirt and grime more quickly.