Tips for Keeping Your Wheelchair Clean

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Keeping your wheelchair in clean condition isn’t just about having a sparkling appearance, but it can also help extend the life of your chair. Here are a few tips for keeping your wheelchair squeaky clean so it stays in good working order!

Wash Your Wheelchair Cushion

Do you regularly use a removable cushion while using your chair? If so, it’s important to keep the cushion clean. Most cushions include a cover that can be removed and thrown in the washing machine on the gentle cycle. Of course, check the material of your chair cushion first! Not all materials, like leather, for example, should be put through a washing machine.

Wipe Down Seat Base

A damp cloth and mild soap can do wonders for the upholstery on your manual wheelchair. Simply wipe down the seat of your chair with the damp cloth to get rid of loose debris or messes. Repeat the process on the back of your chair, or for those with removable backs, toss the fabric into the washing machine on the gentle cycle.

Use Wipes to Clear Dirt/Grime from Chair Frame

Believe it or not, easy-to-find baby wipes are a convenient way to clean the frame of your wheelchair. Use a few wipes to clean the areas of your chair frame that may be easily missed. For manual wheelchair users, you can remove the wheels in order to better reach certain areas. Baby wipes can also be used to wipe down the wheels themselves as well as the spokes.

When in doubt, you should always check the information available from your wheelchair manufacturer for specific cleaning instructions.

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) has a great resource on their YouTube channel that shows you ways to keep your wheelchair clean! Check it out below:


Regular cleaning and maintenance are essential to keeping your wheelchair in good condition for years to come. The same is true for your accessible vehicle! Routine maintenance plays a crucial role in your van’s operation and scheduled check-ups for your vehicle are recommended every six months. Request a service appointment with our team today by visiting us online or calling 877-275-4912.

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