The word “copper” is not synonymous with safe, but it can certainly help make your car seat look safe.
Car seat cleaner is a chemical that helps remove dirt, oil and grime from car seats, but not enough people know about it.
“Copper can actually make the air in the car seat a bit cleaner, but at the cost of not having any air bubbles,” says John Henson, who founded the Safe Car Seat Coalition.
“It does remove some of the dirt that is left behind by the seat cushion but not the grime that you’re looking for.”
He says some car seat cleaning companies sell them without any warnings, like “coppers are for people who want to clean cars but not have to.”
The Canadian Association of Car Seating Manufacturers says the term “copping” doesn’t necessarily mean safe, because it depends on how the product is used.
The association says the word “crap” is also an acceptable term for a cleaner, and some companies use it to describe the chemical used.
Car seats cleaner is sold under the brand names “Copping” and “Coppers Clean,” and it is sold in the U.S. and Europe.
It is used to remove dirt and other impurities from the back seats and in the cushion cushions.
“If you look at the ingredients and what they do, it’s not copper, it is a mixture of copper, potassium permanganate and zinc chloride,” says Kevin Miller, a car seat-cleaning specialist with Clean Cleanse Canada.
He says the mixture should be diluted before use, so there’s no need to add a ton of water to the car.
Miller also says it’s important to read the label on the product, and to be aware of what the product does to the air inside your car.
“The car seat can have a lot of air bubbles in there,” he says.
“And the more air bubbles there are, the cleaner the car will be.”
“If there’s a lot and it’s getting in your mouth, you should take a small amount,” he adds.
He advises people to wash their car seats and replace the seat cushions after two weeks of use.
“Because that will help the air bubble go away and it will help it get a little cleaner,” he explains.
“In the case of the car seats cleaner, you can’t use the product to remove the dust.”
He also recommends washing your car seats before driving.
“We don’t recommend washing them before you drive, we recommend washing the car with soap and water and then put them in a cool dry place,” he advises.
Henson says the company is using the word car seat clean to describe what it is doing.
“When you’re going to put your car into the wash cycle, you want to take care that you don’t leave any residue on the seats,” he said.
The Cleanse Canadian Association recommends that people not put car seat covers in the washing machine, as it can release toxic fumes.
And it recommends washing the cushions only once, at least twice a week.
The Safe Car Seats Coalition says car seat products should be stored at room temperature, with no heat, and in a safe location.
They also suggest not putting the product on top of a sink, because of the fumes.
Car Seat Cleaners and Car Seat Laundry products have been available for years, but the companies that make them have not been required to list them on the labels.
It’s not clear how many people are using them.
Miller says the companies are often selling them online for about $15 a bottle.
Cleanse says it sells “co-branded” products for $30.
“They’re going up to $40 a bottle,” he added.
“People are looking for the cleanest way to do their car seat care, because they’re going out and buying their own seat.”