Clean Wheelchair Grease Stains

How can you thoroughly clean wheelchair grease stains? Keeping wheelchairs clean and in top-notch condition is of upmost importance for disabled individuals. You must clean wheelchair grease stains as soon as you notice them. Whether grime gets on the seat or rims, it needs to be removed immediately. The longer it remains the more wear and tear it’s going to cause.

clean wheelchair grease stains

The joints and junctures do need to be lubricated for optimum performance. However, if the parts are over lubricated, excess grease will bind dirt and other unwanted particles to the moving parts. There is also food grease to consider; it can be very messy. Sometimes spills do happen, and cooking oil can get on the upholstery or cushion.

Cleaning Wheelchair Grease Stains from the Seat

If you act fast enough, you might be able to clean the seat with talcum powder and a microfiber cloth. If the grease starts to stain, take the following steps:

  1. Dab at the grease with the lint-free microfiber cloth; get as much of it up as possible. If it’s a leather seat, avoid scrubbing. In order to prevent damage to the fine grains, you’ll need to be gentle.
  2. Work your way toward the center of the stain from the outside. For leather, try to identify the grain and blot the grease with it as opposed to across it. If you’re dealing with a gel cushion, you can safely wash it with soap and water.
  3. Continue spreading talcum powder on the stained areas. It’s safe to use on the seat and works well at drawing out the grease. When you’ve blotted out as much as possible, let the powder sit on the fabric for several hours. It’s okay to leave it on overnight.
  4. Gently brush the powder off of the seat with the microfiber cloth. Remember: don’t scrub, as you could end up pushing the powder back into the material. If you have a foam cushion, inspect it after removing the powder to make sure it’s okay. If it is damaged, you will have to replace it.

Note: Some covers and cushions are machine washable, although you should never use bleach. Read care instructions carefully. When dealing with nylon, dampen the entire seat so that it dries evenly; otherwise, water lines may appear. Always let wheelchair upholstery air dry.

Cleaning Grease Stains Underneath the Wheelchair Seat

If there was grease on the seat, there’s a chance that some of it seeped all the way through. You’ll need to take some time to thoroughly clean the entire area:

  1. With a soft brush, clean off any dirt or dry particles that may have accompanied the grease.
  2. Dampen the brush with water and soap. Clean inside all of the crevices.
  3. Check the caster axle bolts to see if there is any excess grease. Take out the bolt, clean off gunk, and reinstall it.

Cleaning Grease Stains From Wheelchair Frame and Rims

Sometimes dirt and grease are on the ground and there is no way to go around it. When it gets on the wheels, it needs to be removed as soon as possible.

  1. Begin with a non-abrasive grease-fighting dishwashing soap mixed with warm water in a bucket. Moisten a soft cloth with the soapy warm water and wipe the grease away.
  2. For tough areas, apply a thin layer of the dishwashing liquid directly to the grease stain and massage it with your fingers.
  3. Rinse the grease and soap off with water.
  4. If the grease stain is very thick or old, you may need to use a light abrasive. Baking soda is a safe abrasive to use on a stainless steel frame, as long as you’re careful. Use white vinegar or cider on alloy.
  5. Create a paste with water and the light abrasive material. With a soft cloth, rub the paste over the grease spots. Keep adding more paste and rubbing until the grease finally comes off.
  6. Clean the area with regular soap and water.
  7. Rinse the frame with clean water and dry with a towel.

Note: If grease gets on the wheels, you’ll need to either use an automatic scrubbing machine or wash them manually, one by one. If you do the latter, be sure to clean around the hub and spokes. Clean the grease off with pre-moistened detergent wipes.

Wheelchair Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

Always be on the lookout for excess grease. Clean it right away before it stains the chair. Protect the seat and upholstery from food grease and oils with a durable, waterproof cover. Use a pick or sharp tool to clean the caster bearing or wheel axle from dirt, hair, crud, and any other debris that could interfere with wheel movement.

It’s recommended that you wash the upholstery at least once a month, regardless of whether there are any stains on it or not. Do NOT wash the wheelchair with a hose, as doing so could cause some metal parts to rust. When doing any cleaning work on the chair, have it parked over folded towels to protect the floor or porch from drips.