A lot of products for kids — for instance, my Bob Revolution jogging stroller — advertise “stain-resistant fabric” as a feature. How stain-resistant is stain-resistant? I can’t speak for all products. But this weekend I found myself in the position of having about a pint of blueberries and stomach acid spattered all over the Bob. Nice, rich purple color, looked pretty permanent. And you know what? I took a hose to it and in three minutes it looked like new, and smelled fine. Here’s to you, miracle space fabric designers at Bob!
I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised; you can’t really sell a $350 product for kids that gets ruined if someone vomits or defecates on it. But I wonder what the testing process is? Do they actually bring in kids to barf on the stroller? Or is there some kind of industry-standard simulacrum?
These are the questions you ask yourself while doing fine detail work with the hose.