As a rule of thumb, electric wheelchairs should not get wet. But at Quantum Rehab, we know that life happens. Sometimes it rains unexpectedly. Maybe the only path you can take requires you to drive your motorized wheelchair through a puddle.
Even though Quantum Power Chairs have all passed necessary testing for ingress of liquids, it is advisable to avoid prolonged exposure of your motorized wheelchair to extreme conditions, including moisture. Direct or prolonged exposure to water or dampness could cause the power wheelchair to malfunction electronically and mechanically. Water can cause electrical components to corrode and the power chair’s frame to rust. Power wheelchairs should be examined periodically for signs of corrosion caused by water exposure, bodily fluid exposure, or incontinence. Damaged components should be replaced or treated immediately.
Should your mobility chair come in contact with water, follow these steps:
When it comes to cleaning and disinfecting your electric wheelchair, use a damp cloth and mild, non-abrasive cleanser to clean the plastic and metal parts of your motorized wheelchair. Your power wheelchair has a painted, ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plastic body shroud that allows it to be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth. If necessary, clean your electric wheelchair with an approved disinfectant. Make sure the disinfectant is safe for use on your mobility chair before application. Never use any chemicals to clean a vinyl seat as they may cause the seat to become slippery or dry out and crack. Use soapy water and dry the seat thoroughly. Never hose off your electric wheelchair or place it in direct contact with water.