Hello all, especially fellow wheelers,
I’d really like to know how everyone keeps their inside/outside (ie. multipurpose) wheelchair wheels clean? Especially in the Winter.
Every time I leave the house I have to clean the wheels when I get home to avoid tracking dirt throughout the house. What I generally do is to wheel into the bathroom, transfer to the shower chair and use wipes to clean the wheels. Luckily my lovely OH, a) every so often takes the chair outside and cleans it with a power washer and b) cleans the porch, hall, kitchen and bathroom floors pretty frequently so the inevitable tracks left by the wheels, especially when coming in from outside, are cleaned off. Obviously I avoid the beige living room carpet until the wheels are cleaned.
I mentioned this problem once to my local Wheelchair Services. The woman I spoke to seemed to think I was unusual, she said something like “if you want to clean your wheels”, like it was an option that only someone really house proud and nit picky would do. (And while I like to live in a reasonably clean house, nit picky I am not!)
A secondary question will only apply to women, like myself, with long hair that falls out all over the place. The front castors of the wheelchair (as well as the shower chair castors incidentally) collect hair that is impossible to get out. Does anyone else have this problem? How do you get rid of hair that just winds itself around anywhere it can get? This may be a problem only for the very few people like myself that have mental thick, curly, long hair that falls out so much I can never believe how much is left on my head!!
Thanks for any suggestions you can offer.