It looks like we are finally emerging from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, but many more vulnerable people are understandably still concerned about staying safe and protected from the virus that has put everyone’s lives on hold for more than a year now.
As the UK begins to open back up, it’s understandable that you’ll want to get out more and return to your regular lifestyle. However, maintaining good hygiene practices is a sensible habit to develop at any time – so in this article, we’ve focused on some common-sense ways to keep your mobility scooter clean and bacteria-free. Disinfecting your mobility scooter will help prevent the spread of this devastating virus and keep you and your loved ones safe.
A general multi-surface cleaner is safe to use on your mobility scooter – however, it is recommended as with any cleaning solution to test a small area first in case of discolouration. Many cleaning solutions have the ability to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria, so 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
The most important step is to put on suitable gloves that are strong enough for the task at hand. If you are working in a confined space, you’ll want to 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 and 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, then wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. These are extremely important areas to keep clean and disinfected as Covid-19 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 extremely 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 whenever you return home from any activity that involves locations where other people have been.