Common Issues with Vintage Prams
When assessing a potential vintage pram for your baby, look for some common issues. Your vintage pram’s metal frame might have rust, and damaged upholstery, and the old pram might have some missing parts.
As for rust on an old metal stroller, that’s usually easy to tackle with some pram rust removal techniques using a non-scratch scrubber. So, look beyond the rust when you’re looking for a vintage pram. Removing rust might become part of your vintage pram maintenance as some parts may become rusty again over time. Vintage metal for old strollers often has a chrome plating.
Plastic parts on a vintage pram might be hard to repair and/or replace. So keep that in mind. Also, discolored plastic parts may be hard(er) to clean with hot soapy water. However, some yellow discoloration can likely be removed with some warm water and lemon juice.
If you’re good with needle and thread, damaged upholstery doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker either. But, take a good look at the pram and how the fabric on the bassinet and hood are assembled.
Before purchasing a vintage pram, ensure that spare parts are available for any damaged, broken, or missing components. If spare parts are not available, and there’s no safe DIY solution, look further until you find one that is complete and safe.