Keep It Clean. Like anything that has moving parts, your power wheelchair should be cleaned from time to time. You can use a spray bottle with soapy water for general cleaning, but take care to not get water in or around the electronics, motors, and connectors. For tougher cleaning, you can use a small amount of WD-40. Use computer dust-off (compressed air in a can) to keep all the dust from accumulating on moving parts.
Keep It Lubricated. Use WD-40 liberally on all of the hinged points and sewing machine oil where indicated in your manual. It’s good to lubricate every 30 days, or as needed when you hear a squeak. Remember this rule of thumb: If it is squeaking, it is wearing.
Keep It Charged. If you are using your chair every day, you should be charging it every day. A typical charge will take 8 hours. Try to never drive in the red zone on your charge indicator to avoid getting stranded without power. Driving in the red zone will unduly shorten the life of your battery.
Keep It Cool. Power chairs can take a lot of abuse, but like anything, heat can take a toll. When maneuvering in tight places on soft surfaces (especially carpeting) you are using incredible amounts of energy and that equals heat. That heat will shorten the life of the motor and controller on your power chair. The key to a long life for your power chair is to minimize this kind of use.
We hope these simple tips will help keep you and your chair humming a happy tune for many years to come!
Your wheelchair should be so comfortable that with a little practice it feels like an extension of yourself — and you should care for it in much the same way! A broken down wheelchair spells trouble for your day-to-day activities and mobility, and could even be dangerous or put you in harm’s way. By taking a bit of time to understand how to properly care for and maintain your equipment, you can ensure your chair is operating smoothly long into the future.
Be Your Own Best Advocate
You’ll likely be the first to notice if something has gone awry with your chair. Even if you’re not able to perform the necessary repairs yourself, it’s a good idea to have a maintenance routine in place to avoid ever having your chair be out-of-order.
Don’t wait! You can get a head start on knowing how to maintain your wheelchair the day it’s delivered. First, familiarize yourself with your chair’s owner manual. Some repairs may be covered by your warranty and easily taken care of by your service provider.
Next, it’s a good idea to have a set of tools on hand to take care of more minor repairs yourself or with the help of a caretaker. A few useful tools may include an Allen wrench set, phillips and flat head screw driver, spoke wrench, and tire repair kit.
Lastly, keep a list of useful information and phone numbers close at hand. This may include the number for your chair’s service provider, transportation alternatives, who to call in case of emergencies, and other helpful contacts. This can be a major key in knowing how to maintain your wheelchair.
Keep it Clean
Just as with your body, keeping your chair clean helps to cut down on germs and the chance of infection. You can maintain the cleanliness of your chair by wiping it down regularly with a damp cloth and mild detergent, ensuring not to use harsh chemicals that may break down the materials of your chair or be irritating to your skin. Use a small tool to keep cogs and wheels free of debris and consider using a car wax on your chair’s frame.
Keep an Eye Out
If you’re able, regularly give your chair a once-over to check for any potential problems. These may include cracks or breaks in the frame, tears in upholstery, or loose screws. Regular use of your chair will also help to maintain it and ensure you notice as soon as something feels off. For power or motorized wheelchairs, check that all moving parts are free from entanglements and cords, electrical connections are free of corrosion, and all wires are secured in the correct place. Remember that batteries are more likely to keep their charge if charged up regularly.
Your Perfect Power Chair
Of course, the key to knowing how to maintain your wheelchair starts with choosing the perfect fit from the start! At Redman Power Chair, we are not just selling a high quality motorized standing wheelchair, we are giving mobility back to the men, women and children that need it most. With the Chief 107-ZRx, that starts with a free demo and the potential for a personalized fit to meet and exceed your comfort and mobility needs. Continue exploring our website to learn more and see what a difference a Redman Power Chair could make in your life.