Certain devices provide many uses and benefits to seniors or individuals with mobility issues. It’s an excellent market for assistive devices, and it’s only getting better. However, something that’s often overlooked is some routine cleaning and maintenance tips for some of these devices. Recently, a question I noticed was showing up frequently was concerning shower chairs. How do you clean a plastic shower chair? After some research on the topic, here is what I can tell you.
So, how do you clean a plastic shower chair? Plastic shower chairs should be cleaned at a minimum, once per month. To clean a plastic shower chair, you will place the chair into the shower. Using a commercial tile cleaner will work to help reduce the chance of mold and mildew. Additionally, you should always wipe down and dry your shower chair after each use.
Pretty easy right? Surprisingly, these steps are often overlooked which ultimately causes you too to be purchasing new shower chairs due to the original shower chair developing molds and other fungi that can be stemmed by lack of cleaning and excessive water and moisture.
Let’s break down a few other things you should know about routinely cleaning your shower chairs.
More on Cleaning Your Shower Chairs, this is How to Make Them Last
The most important thing about shower chairs is simple. They serve a great use and allow elderly, disabled, or mobility challenged individuals to keep a sense of dignity and allow them to bath and clean themselves without the assistance of other individuals or a caregiver.
This alone is a significant reason why shower chairs are so prevalent in 2019. However, with positives, you often have a negative or two or at least some work involved in the process. With shower chairs, this is cleaning the chair. Nothing more and nothing less.
However, a failure to do so can create issues quickly. Showers are exposed day in and day out to moisture, high levels of humidity due to the shower and get wet with every use.
This is immediately a recipe for fungus, mildew, and mold to grow. This isn’t including other bacteria’s that may also be born due to lack of cleaning. Lastly, people tend not to realize that you need to dry a shower chair after every use.
This alone is one of the quickest reasons your shower chair can be rendered useless prematurely. Some basic tips and best practices can save you money in the long run and keep you safe from exposed germs, bacteria and other airborne viruses that can stem from poorly maintained shower chairs.
The Basic Steps to Cleaning Your Shower Chair
Although some of these items have already been covered, I wanted to take the time to break these down in an easy to digest format, so we all are aware of the best practices and how easy it really is to keep your shower chair in tip-top shape.
Step 1- After EACH and EVERY Use, wipe your shower chair down completely dry.
Step 2- Don’t Rush the Drying Process. Be sure to wipe the legs, cracks, and crevices of the shower chair and be sure no soap is left behind. Soap contains even more moisture and can stem to issues much faster than water alone.
Step 3- Do not keep the shower chair in the actual shower after use. This is perhaps the most significant mistake individuals make. This is a bacteria and high humidity enviroment and creates a recipe for disaster.
Step 4- Once all soiled areas are clean, the chair is dry, and soap is removed, remove the shower chair from the tub or shower and store somewhere nearby.
Step 5- This is going to be the monthly cleaning that we discussed previously. To complete the monthly cleaning for your shower chair, you will place the chair back into the shower or tub. Like we stated before, tile cleaner works best to get rid of bacteria and mildew.
However, you can also use solutions such as ammonia and water. To do this step, you will merely take a scrub brush and clean between all spaces, cracks and be sure to hit the legs of the chair. I get it. Some of the areas are hard to reach, and a pain to clean but not doing so will cause problems later in the process.
Long story short, be sure to clean the entire chair. Top to bottom and side to side. The sides and cracks are especially important because this likely where the moisture is going to trap itself and hide from you. Once you are done with the cleaning process, you have 2 additional tips and steps to take.
Tip #1- Do not use the shower chair until it’s rinsed and free or all chemicals and cleaning agents. Doing so is likely to irritate the skin or cause other health concerns or a rash.
Tip #2- Dry the chair off entirely again. Once the chair is 100% dry, you can remove the chair from the shower and reset your clock. You have another 30 days before this will be required again and you have taken the active steps to make your shower remain safe, clean and capable of lasting a long time.
More Cleaning is Better for Your Shower Chair. Be Proactive with Your Cleanings
I know we mentioned once a month previously, but this doesn’t mean you can’t be proactive and bust out the scrub brush more frequently. Doing so is only going to create a cleaner environment and make your shower chair last that much longer. Some individuals may prefer once a week, and some may prefer to clean their chair as little as possible.
Ultimately the choice is yours but once a month should be the bare minimum that you aim for to ensure no bacteria is born and your chair remains usable for longer durations.
Final Word. A Well-Maintained Shower Chair is Your Best Bet for Long Use and Safe Use
Well, there you have it. It’s simple. Nothing to it. Take the time to clean your shower chair, and you will have far fewer issues to deal with going forward. Shower chairs are simple in nature and can last a long time.
Cleaning them only furthers this ability and keeps you showering freely and independently for years to come.
What’re your best practices for cleaning your shower chair? How often do you recommend doing so? Be sure to drop a comment below.