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Spring Cleaning for your Medical Equipment: Add it do your list!

Posted on: March 23rd, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Yes, cleaning, disinfecting AND sterilizing your home medical equipment is vital to your health and the effectiveness of your device.  However,

where do you start with home medical equipment?  Unless you are a medical professional, you probably have limited experience cleaning a complex device such as a wheelchair, walking aid, orthopedic support or any other item sold in our office.

Here are some simple tips for cleaning home medical equipment:


You should lightly clean your wheelchair weekly and then once every month, check your tires, bolts and the wheel axle for any grimy buildup.  For your light cleaning, you should use a damp cloth with a mild detergent to wipe down your entire wheelchair.  Then you need to thoroughly dry your wheelchair so that it does not rust.

Walking Aids

Cleaning your walking aid is much like cleaning your wheelchair.  Use a damp cloth with mild detergent to wipe down and dry off weekly.  Once a month, you should check over any screws that need tightening or axle or lever for buildup.

Hospital Beds

To clean your hospital bed, unplug if electric or semi-electric, then proceed to spray a washcloth with a germ-fighting spray like Clorox and then wipe down the bed frame, headboard, footboard and rails.  You’ll then need to completely dry all parts of the bed to avoid rust.  Don’t forget to wash bed linens on a regular basis.

For more detailed cleaning instructions, visit the company website of your device manufacturer and read through their care and use documents.  As always, we’d love to hear from you so please let us know what you’ve experienced when cleaning your home medical device.