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Top 5 Tips for Preserving the Life of Your Carrier

February 22, 2019

Preserving the life of your Sakura Bloom

We build our carriers to last you a very long time, but there are little things you can do to help them last even longer! Read our top 5 tips for preserving the life of your Sakura Bloom.

1. Hand washing

We offer a few different ways to wash your carrier depending on the textile. However, handwashing is always the go-to if you're especially worried about wear and tear. All machines are different and we can't control spin speeds or exact temperatures. Make sure you don't leave your carrier submerged or wet too long either. Usually just a minute or so will lift most stains. Visit our Care Page for more detailed instructions.

2. Lift up before you shift up!

This is super important regarding every carrier we have. Your carrier is a perfect symphony of weight meeting textile - simply put: your baby's weight locks in the carry. Any time you adjust the rings in the Ring Sling, the waist belt on the Scout, or the chest straps and shoulder straps on either Onbuhimo or Scout, lift up before you shift up. This prevents the fabric rubbing against the rings or webbing too harshly, which could result in tears. (and tears!)

3. Suck Pads are a savior

In Scout and Onbuhimo front carries, your baby's mouth naturally sits at the straps. We've designed these to be a "suck pad" area already built into the carrier but if you want extra protection, we've created matching Sakura Bloom suck pads to prolong the life of your straps. 

4. Storage

Just like you fold or hang your shirts and sweaters before putting them away, we urge you to take the same care with your carrier. Bunching them up or leaving them threaded for long amounts of time can cause faster wear and tear on the parts rubbing together. Leaving your ring sling or Scout waistband threaded for quick ups each day is totally fine, but if you're setting aside your carrier for the next baby? Simply unthread, fold gently and store out of the sun and extreme heat or cold.

5. Cleaning products

Your Sakura Blooms are made of fine, natural textiles. Using a cleaner that is enzyme-free and without optical brighteners is a must to keep your carrier looking its best so we sought out the best, all-natural care for you to keep them in the best condition. Here is what we recommend:

Soak Our favorite enzyme and optical brightener free detergent for all of your Sakura Bloom carriers. Shop here.

Leather Milk Our favorite leather conditioner for your Sakura Bloom Scout or Onbuhimo. Shop here.

Buncha Farmer'sBuncha Farmer's Stain Stick is our favorite for stains! Shop here.


Still have questions? Shoot us a note at hello@sakurabloom.com and we'll happily help. Crowdsourcing more your thing? Join our Facebook group, Unthreaded, where over 40,000 members of our community will help you find your answers.