Similar to a motorcycle and car, a mobility scooter requires routine upkeep to remain in excellent working condition. Daily cleaning is recommended if you use the scooter on a regular basis. For safety, always turn the power off on the mobility scooter before cleaning. Mobility scooters come in various models and it is highly recommended to follow specific instructions for cleaning found in the owner’s manual. The cleaning tips below are general and beneficial for most mobility scooters.
Dust exposed parts
Use a dry, soft, smooth cloth to gently dust exposed parts. Carefully slide the cloth over the mobility scooter to remove debris.
Remove sticky surface grime
Regularly used mobility scooters often get sticky substances stuck to the surface. To remove stuck on grime dampen a cloth with liquid glass cleaner or water and gently scrub the grime until it is completely removed. You can also use cleaning wipes to do the job successfully. Avoid using wipes that contain bleach, as they can cause damage to the paint on your mobility scooter
Avoid wetting electrical components
During the cleaning session, you may be using damp towels and wipes. It is important to avoid getting any exposed electrical components wet with cleaning liquid. Never spray liquid cleaners or water directly on the scooter. Only use a dry, soft cloth to dust around these areas instead.
Many mobility scooter users take pride in keeping their mobility scooter looking sparkly clean. Regular cleaning with a dry, soft cloth will keep the shine perfectly. Avoid using oil cleaners or wax on your mobility scooter. While the intention may seem good, it can actually damage the paint and cause a slippery surface in the rain.
It is tempting to use a garden hose to clean your mobility scooter in a hurry. It is important to know water can seep into electrical components and cause damage to your scooter. This type of damage can lead to numerous replacement parts and shorten the lifespan of the mobility scooter. To give your scooter a good cleaning use a soft cloth saturated with water or glass cleaner. Carefully wipe down the external parts of the scooter and immediately dry with a towel. Never wash your mobility scooter using a garden hose.
Protect the scooter
If your scooter tends to have regular dust build-up you can invest in an affordable scooter cover. Try to use the cover when your mobility scooter is not in use to protect it from collecting dust.
Cleaning the tyres
Mobility scooter tyres are durable and can pick up debris that gets stuck in the tread of the tyre and the surrounding components. Common debris includes strands of hair, small pebbles, dirt and grime. To remove a pebble stuck in the tyre tread try using the tips of your fingers. Avoid using any sharp object that can slip, puncture or damage the tyre. If you notice strands of hair built in the surrounding areas near the tyre, carefully remove the strands using your hands or a small safe object to reach hair strands. If grime and dirt are stuck to the tyre, use water and a damp cloth to clean it safely. Avoid using any type of detergent or cleaner on the tyres since it can become oily and greasy. Oily tyres can cause the mobility scooter to become unbalanced on surfaces and become dangerous to the user.