Wheel Brush For A Wheelchair: Providing Hands-Off Cleaning!

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Using a wheelchair can be super, super stressful. 

My aunt Paula survived a car accident two years ago and had to use one for three months during her rehab. She was often tired of the permanent sitting posture and spent as long as she could out of it. 

When she could walk a little, she abandoned the chair altogether.

For the average bipedal, erect human, it can be one hell of a shock to use a wheelchair after being able to walk whenever you choose.

It’s significantly more harmful to those who have never walked; the permanent restriction could be unbearable.

One major problem with using a wheelchair is that you have to clean the wheels often.

Going out could mean you’d inadvertently transport dirt inside the house, so much that you would have to start house cleaning yourself. 

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That, or your caretaker knows they’ve got work to do, cleaning up after you. It is also cumbersome when they are not around, and you have to clean the wheels yourself.

But you often don’t find out until the dirt has caked on the wheels and impeded movement. For those who drive the chairs themselves, their arms would get dirty since the push rings are close to the rear wheels.

For this reason, several patented products are designed to help clean the main wheels. They come in different forms, accompanied by their respective setbacks.

Some of such products cost too much to produce due to their complex design. Those produced are either quite challenging to operate or hinder the wheels’ normal movement, causing significant resistance or bumping while in motion. 

Others require some parts of the wheelchair to be removed or modified before you can use them.

If you use a wheelchair, what you would need more is some device that self-cleans the wheels while you move. This device should be easy to install and use, causing no disturbance to your wheels’ movement. [1]

And Billy Tolbert here’s got the perfect idea we could only wish for! 

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Let’s take a quick look at the design and functionalities of the brush. 

wheel brush for wheelchair
Credit: https://www.freepatentsonline.com/11357678.pdf

The wheel brush in Figure 1 above meets all the fantasies – or requirements if you like – shared above. Its simple design makes it easy to use and maintain and inexpensive to produce. 

So prospective buyers have nothing to worry about regarding availability and usage.

This brush design ensures the wheelchair user doesn’t have any problems with moving. The users will not notice any changes in motion, whether the brush is attached or not. 

Each brush setup attaches to the back of the chair while cleaning each main wheel. 

The wheel brush consists of a brush with down-pointing bristles encased within a set of plates, as shown in Figure 1 above. The brush is continually in contact with the outer surface of the main wheels, cleaning them as they move. 

A connecting arm attaches the brush plate to the wheelchair, keeping it stable while allowing it to perform its cleaning function. 

The arm comprises three legs; one for holding the brush plate in place, another for fixing the setup to the chair back, and a third for connecting the two other legs. 

wheel brush for wheelchair
Credit: https://www.freepatentsonline.com/11357678.pdf

Figure 2 above describes an environmental view of the chair with the brush attached. Screws attach the bracket to the rear aspect of the armrest. In turn, the frame holds a leg of the connecting arm of the brush design.

The design is of two forms; a second one is shown in Figure 3 below.

wheel brush for wheelchair
Credit: https://www.freepatentsonline.com/11357678.pdf

Figure 3.

wheel brush for wheelchair
Credit: https://www.freepatentsonline.com/11357678.pdf

Figure 4.

A significant difference between both types is that the brush plate here inserts into a slot on the connecting arm, which screws directly into the back of the wheelchair.

Like the first type, it allows for undisturbed wheel movement while ensuring your rear wheels always stay clean. 

The designs are also pretty easy to maintain. The brush heads are accessible within the plates, so you can take them out to clean them and ensure they don’t accumulate dirt.

In addition, you might want to change them for another type if they are worn from use.  

With Billy Tolbert’s wheel brushes, you have a chance to make using a wheelchair bearable, both for you and your caretakers.

The designs are simple to install while providing hands-off cleaning for your wheels. You also have little to maintain, as you would only need to change the brushes periodically. 

side view look of a manual wheelchair

Reference

1. Tolbert B, Horton AA. Wheel brush for a wheelchair [Internet]. [cited 2022 Jul 6]. Available from: https://www.freepatentsonline.com/11357678.html

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