ProNatural Brands Offers Wheelchair Cleaning Tips

According to Harvard Medical School, as of July 2022, more than five million Americans use a wheelchair. Hannah Jonasse, of ProNatural Brands, LLC, marketers of citric-acid-based cleaning solutions, has the following tips for keeping wheelchairs clean and safe for users.

  • Clean wheelchairs daily or, if used by multiple individuals, after each use.
  • Sanitizers are usually sufficient to reduce the number of pathogens on a wheelchair to safe levels. However, if multiple individuals use the same wheelchair, disinfection is necessary. A disinfectant eliminates all pathogens as listed on the product’s label.
  • Avoid using alcohol-based sanitizers or disinfectants, as they can cause skin irritations and rashes. Synthetic detergents, solvents, and bleach should also be avoided, as they can both irritate the skin and damage the wheelchair’s materials.
  • Citric-acid-based sanitizers and disinfectants have proven effective in cleaning wheelchairs and are less likely to cause skin irritations. Moreover, at least one citric-acid disinfectant is EPA-certified.
  • Focus on cleaning the armrests, handles, and other components frequently touched by the user and caregivers.
  • Some wheelchairs have joysticks. These must also be cleaned. To protect the device’s electronics, apply the solution to a cleaning cloth first, then wipe.

“Finally, do not forget to clean the wheels,” Jonasse advised. “They collect pathogens from the floor, (which can) be passed on to the wheelchair user’s hands.”

Since its beginning in 2012, ProNatural Brands has developed a full line of 100% naturally derived disinfectants, sanitizers, and cleaning products with patented citrus formulas for the foodservice, healthcare, education, and hospitality industries, as well as for the consumer market. For more information, visit pronaturalbrands.com.

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