Wheelchairs Track Mud, Snow, Water, Dirt and Animal Poop
If you use a wheelchair or know someone who uses a wheelchair, you have certainly had the experience of wheelchair tire tracks on the floors and carpets. Dirty wheelchair wheels are not only embarrassing, they are unhygienic. Wheelchairs can track mud, dirt, snow and much MUCH worse onto floors and carpets. Many wheelchair users and their loved ones are simply uncomfortable discussing the issue, because they believe that it is a problem with no solution.
However, there is a simple solution to muddy, dirty, snowy, poopy wheelchair tires as you will see below.
(Many thanks to Ed Yourdon for the use of the image on creative commons license.)
You can not brush or wipe away dirt from wheelchair wheels
If you think it is easy to clean dirt, mud or dog poop from a wheelchair tire, watch this video. Unhygienic filth becomes embedded between the tire treads and simply does not come out. That is, until the wheelchair tire rolls over something that can go in between the tire treads, such as fibers of a carpet. Therefore your carpet will help to clean out all of the filth that the wheelchair has driven over, during the days and weeks before the wheelchair has entered your house. Until now, there was very little that could be done about it.
(Thanks to Tom Casewell for the use of the image on creative commons license)
Especially If You Have Small Children
Wheelchairs and children in the same household can be a special problem. Wheelchairs track filth on the floor and children crawl all over the floor. Dog poop is not only messy, it is a risk to people's health as can be seen in this article in the Huffington Post.
(Thanks to Im Allergic for the use of the photo of this cute baby on creative commons license)
Wheelchair Tire Covers From RehaDesign Can Protect Your Floors and Carpets
Normal brushing and wiping a wheelchair wheel does not remove all of the filth from the wheelchair wheel as can be seen in this video. There are only two practical solutions:
* Have one wheelchair for outside use and transfer the wheelchair user to a clean wheelchair which never leaves the house.
* Use RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers. What are wheelchair slippers?
RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers cover the wheelchair tires (and optionally the push rims too) of most manual wheelchairs. RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers have an attractive suede like exterior and a specialized interior which grips to the wheelchair tires. They are specially designed for minimal slippage. And RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers go on in seconds without leaving the wheelchair as can be seen in the video demonstration. When RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers get dirty, simply wash in the washing machine and reuse.
Why are they called Wheelchair Slippers? Many able bodied people put on their slippers when they come in the house to prevent tracking filth on the floor and carpets. Now wheelchair users can put on their wheelchair slippers!
RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers Are A Perfect Gift Idea
Buy two sets of wheelchair slippers, one for your favorite wheelchair user and one for you when they visit. Find out more about RehaDesign Wheelchair Slippers.