Medical braces provide added support, compression, and protection to various parts of our bodies. When we invest in a medical brace, we want to be able to use it for as long as necessary and, possibly, later on in case of a re-injury. Designed to be sturdy, medical braces such as back braces are made from strong, breathable materials, but that doesn’t mean that they will keep them from staying clean and fresh. Cleaning your medical brace is very important and if you are unsure how to do so, consider the information provided to help keep your brace in its original state.
Why Is Cleaning Important?
People who wear their braces often or for long periods of time know that moisture from the body can cause the brace to develop a build-up of bacteria. Cleaning your brace is important to avoid unpleasant odors, as well as skin infections such as ringworm and staph. It is also important to clean your brace so that you can potentially extend its life. A dirty brace that is filled with dust and other grime will certainly lose its performance more quickly than a brace that is taken care of over time. How to Clean the Brace Cleaning a brace properly is not always as simple as throwing it into the washing machine.
Depending on your quality body brace, there will be a lot of moving parts that should not be submerged in water for long periods of time. For example, some braces will be all fabric, while others include screws, metal pieces, and rubber. For those braces that are made of plastic and fabric, it may be possible to gently hand wash them. For these items, specific instructions for hand washing braces should be included.
These steps will likely require cold water with mild detergent, removing any plastic pieces, and gently washing and rinsing the brace. As a basic cleaning guide for more complicated braces, you should be using a mild detergent and some cold water to clean the large parts of your brace. You can use a cloth to wipe down large areas and smaller items like as cotton-tipped swabs to get into the tighter, smaller spaces. If you want to use a homemade cleaner, consider mixing together small measurements of vinegar and baking soda. Not only will this help to clean the brace, but the baking soda will help with any existing odors as well. If you’re cleaning your brace for the first time, try to look for instructions that should be included. These can also help to give you suggestions for the proper way to clean the different areas of your particular brace.