Keeping Your Wheelchair Clean

Updated: Feb 19

Pandemic or not, it is always good to be thinking about how clean your wheelchair is. Keeping your wheelchair clean not only helps to prevent the spread of coronavirus and other germs, but it also keeps your wheelchair working efficiently. It helps to provide you with the best ride. Wondering what you can do to help you maintain the cleanest and best working wheelchair you can? Here are some tips and tricks to guide you...

  • Always look at the manufacturer's recommendations when cleaning your chair. Look at your wheelchair's owner's manual to find more information. That will give you more accurate information related to cleaning your wheelchair.

  • Whenever you wash your hands, wash the rims of your wheelchairs. You touch those often, so if you need to wash your hands, you probably need to wash the rims too.

  • Are you a parent or caregiver that pushes someone else in his or her wheelchair? Remember to regularly wash the push handles.

  • Stay away from harsh cleaners like bleach. Use mild soaps and detergents to wash the shell and hardware of your wheelchair. Remember to look at the manufacturer's recommendations to see what the cleaning protocol is for your wheelchair and wheelchair cushion.

  • If you do wash your cushion or chair, make sure any part that touches you is completely dry before using it. Sitting on a wet surface increases the chances of skin break down.

  • Remove casters (those little wheels in the front) to get hair and dirt off of the axels. Not only does this help keep the chair clean, but it also provides a better ride.

  • For more information about how to care for your wheelchair, Permobil has an extremely helpful webinar called "Maintaining Your Ride: Cushion and Wheelchair Care and Maintenance." See the link below to watch the webinar!


For more information about how to care for your wheelchair, Permobil has an extremely helpful webinar called "Maintaining Your Ride: Cushion and Wheelchair Care and Maintenance." See the link below to watch the webinar!

Maintaining Your Ride: Cushion and Wheelchair Care and Maintenance - Webinar Recording

hub.permobil.com

Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) requires attention, care, and maintenance to make sure it can perform to the highest capacity for each individual.


The University of Pittsburgh also has some great resources for wheelchair users and clinicians. See the link below!

Wheelchair Maintenance Training Program | Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury | University of Pittsburgh

www.upmc-sci.pitt.edu

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