In this article, we’ve focused on some common-sense ways to keep your mobility scooter clean and bacteria-free.
A general multi-surface cleaner is safe to use on your mobility scooter. It is recommended as with any cleaning solution, that you test a small area first in case of discolouration. Many cleaning solutions have the ability to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria. If you’re worried that somebody has coughed or sneezed around your mobility scooter, you’ll want to start disinfecting it straight away.
Steps to Effectively Disinfect Your Mobility Scooter
Wear suitable protection
Put on suitable gloves that are strong enough for the task at hand. If you are working in a confined space, wear a mask as well.
Use a disinfectant and cloth
The second step is to use a cloth rag or a towel to wipe down and disinfect your mobility scooter. You’ll want to spray either your towel or cloth rag. Then test a small area to ensure there is no discolouration in the paint or plastic.
Focus on any areas you touch frequently
Wipe down your seat, armrests, backrests and footrests. If you’ve got a carer, then the push handles will need cleaning too. Also, clean the brake handles and also the foot supports. Wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. These are extremely important areas to keep clean and disinfected as certain viruses can live for more than 24 hours on hard surfaces.
As a safety precaution, you can even spray your mobility scooter with Zoflora or Dettol. Disinfecting your mobility scooter with one of these products is just an added safety step to kill any germs, viruses, or bacteria that may have been missed.
It can be good practice to give your mobility scooter a wipe down after each use to keep it clean and for your own peace of mind.
Keep yourself safe too
Wheelchair users and mobility scooter users may be more susceptible to other people’s germs via coughs and sneezes due to their positioning when sitting in the mobility scooter.
A mask is basically designed to prevent people spreading infection outwards, but for wheelchair users, they will help prevent droplets landing on your face too.
Washing your hands as soon as you complete a journey in your wheelchair is extremely important because it is possible your hands will come into contact with the virus from the ground you are travelling over.
Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Do this whenever you return home from any activity that involves locations where other people have been such as the supermarket.