Can My Electric Wheelchair Get Wet?

Your electric wheelchair is not meant to get wet. Still, we know that life happens sometimes. It may rain or snow unexpectedly. Maybe the only path where you can drive your electric wheelchair requires going through a puddle.

Quantum® Power Chairs have surpassed testing standards for ingress of liquids, yet it is recommended to avoid prolonged exposure of your power wheelchair to moisture. Direct or prolonged exposure to water or dampness may cause the power wheelchair to malfunction, both electronically and mechanically. Water can cause electrical components on the wheelchair to corrode and the power chair’s frame may rust. You should examine your wheelchair regularly for signs of corrosion caused by water exposure, bodily fluid exposure, or incontinence. If you discover damaged components, please contact your authorized dealer to have them replaced immediately.

If your electric wheelchair comes into contact with water, follow these steps:

  1. Dry your wheelchair as thoroughly as possible with a towel.
  2. Allow your chair to sit in a warm, dry place, for at least 12 hours to allow moisture to evaporate.
  3. Check the brakes and joystick operation before using you wheelchair again.
  4. If any issues are found, take your wheelchair to your authorized dealer. Electric wheelchairs that are exposed to water, bodily fluids, or incontinence frequently should be inspected often for corrosion. In addition, electronic components may need to be replaced frequently.

When it comes to cleaning and disinfecting, use a damp cloth and a mild, non-abrasive cleanser to clean the metal and parts of your chair. Quantum Power Chairs have a painted, ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plastic body shroud that can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.

If necessary, clean your power wheelchair with an approved disinfectant. Make sure the disinfectant is safe to use before applying. Never use chemicals to clean a vinyl seat as they can cause the seat to dry out, crack or become slippery. Use soapy water and dry the wheelchair seat. Never hose off your power wheelchair or place it in direct contact with water.

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