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Keepin’ Your Ride Immaculate: The Best Wheelchair Cleaning Techniques

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The wheelchair may go down in history as one of the most useful gadgets ever created by man, beating out the car, the TV, even the electric drill. How come? It replaces the need for legs. When it comes to the higher purpose of a gadget, you can’t get anymore important than this.

And since it’s such a make-or-break device, keeping it in working order AND clean are of tantamount of importance, and ensure you have a ride you can count on. After all, without your legs what do you got? Keeping your wheelchair clean however definitely takes a bit of elbow grease.

The good news is that there are loads of tricks and gadgets to get it done, getting your wheelchair as sparkly white as possible (or sparkly gun-metal grey if that’s the color of your chair). Check the best of our wheelchair cleaning videos below.

Video #1: The Scrubber for Wheelchair Tires

While having a wheelchair that can traverse the outdoors is awesome, having dirty wheels is not. Unfortunately, dirty, muddy and caked-up wheels is part of the package when you take your wheelchair into the great outdoors.

Suffering from dirty wheels however that track dirt whenever you go inside is no longer something you must deal with. The Scrubber, a wheelchair tire cleaner from Inn2care (of company based in the Netherlands that also makes door openers), is a fully-automated wheelchair tire cleaner that turns on when you roll onto it.

The rolling motion activate a water sprayer, combined with two scrubbers that are automated, to get the job done. It’s quite ingenious rather (my mom would absolutely love this thing in the wintertime for when I come over).

Watch The Scrubber in action

Video #2: Handwashing Wheelchair Cleaning Tips

Our second video comes from the adorable Naomi Knight aka “Hot Wheels,” a T12 incomplete paraplegic who loves making videos showing how she does things. In her wheelchair cleaning video, she shows how she cleans her wheelchair from top to bottom using Clorox Green Works wipes, a cleaning agent she absolutely swears by.

Naomi actually hops onto her living room floor to clean her wheelchair, and takes each wheel off one by one to thoroughly clean it, making sure to get around the spokes and the hub. She also shows how she cleans underneath her foot plate.

Watch “Hot Wheels” made her manual wheelchair sparkling clean

Video #3: When in Doubt, Dump the Chair in the Pool

And our third video is on the fun side of things, coming straight from Jerry Diaz, a paraplegic from California. In his video, he shows how he quickly cleans his wheelchair after a long day at the beach and coming home with his chair full of sand.

Instead of wiping off his wheelchair crevice by crevice, which with beach sand could take eons, he goes the peerlessly easy route and just jumps in the pool while still in his wheelchair. Definitely not a stunt to be tried by anyone not able to swim on their own, you still got to love Jerry’s ingenious solution.

Watch Jerry throw himself into the pool

A clean wheelchair can have such an impact on how you’re viewed, and it can make you feel great in the process. Just make sure you don’t let too much time go by between cleanings. The more dirt and grime that gets built up, the longer it’ll take to clean.

When cleaning products do you use to clean your wheelchair?

Watch the videos

The “Scrubber” wheelchair tire machine

Tips from “Hot Wheels” on how she cleans her wheelchair

Paraplegic cleaning beach sand off his wheelchair in a pool

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Falling Out of a Wheelchair and How to Recover

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There are times when we all need a helping hand, especially when we take a fall.  But what are we supposed to do when there’s no one around to help us? How do we get back in our wheelchairs then? It’s not easy for many of us. In fact, most of us can’t do it all. But for those that can, there are some tricks to be had….and learned.

If you’ve always wanted to know how to get back upright after a wheelchair fall or how to get back in your chair if you’ve fallen out of it completely, read on for three videos to get yourself educated on the finer points of restoring to wheelchair-center.

Our first video comes from tattooed cutie WhySo, a crafty para who’s made a video showing how he tips himself back up if he falls completely backwards in his manual wheelchair. It’s a quick little move, but it can take some practice getting it down. Anyone who has full function of their arms and fingers should be able to do it though, however he does make it look really easy. Check out his brief how-to filmed in his bedroom

Our second video comes from Jerry Diaz, another agile para who’s figured out a few ways to recover from a wheelchair fall, and in his video he shows three different ways to do it. His first method shows how to get back in if you’re completely dumped out on the floor. He recommends finding a way to elevate yourself and something to brace yourself. He also shows how to hold your wheel to prevent a complete tip-over, if you’re quick enough that is.

I love how dedicated he is to his how-to. He even throws himself out of his chair to show a full demo, which is not easy with a manual wheelchair with no brakes, but he shows how to do that too despite it being so difficult. Watch Jerry’s video – Recovering from a fall from your wheelchair

Our third video is for the Spanish speakers of the world, showing how one paraplegic falls as safely as possible when his chair tips over. In the beginning of the video he shows a rough fall, and then shows how he recovers. You may not be able to speak Spanish, but the message is pretty clear. This guy is dedicated to showing people how to fall the right way. Watch his how-to video

It can be a scary world out there when you use a wheelchair, and the vulnerability that happens when you tip over is something no one wants to feel. These videos may be made before the paraplegics of the world, but if you can pull any of these maneuvers off, consider yourself set. And for those who can’t recover on their own, please be careful. Being stuck with no help is the scariest thing ever.

What tricks do you have for recovering after falling out of a wheelchair?

Watch the videos!

How to get yourself back up if you fall backwards in your chair

Paraplegic showing a couple different ways to recover from a chair fall

How-to video in Spanish showing how to recover from a full tip over

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