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Permobil Blog / August 2, 2023

How to clean and disinfect a ROHO® cushion and cover

How to clean and disinfect a ROHO cushion and cover

Did you know it’s important to clean your ROHO cushion regularly to maintain hygiene and ensure your needs are met throughout the lifetime of the cushion?  

Important! Cleaning and disinfecting are separate processes. Be sure to clean first, then disinfect.  

Cleaning the cushion cover is pretty simple if you follow these steps: 

  1. Remove the cushion from the cover with care. 
  2. Machine wash the cover on the gentle cycle in cold water with mild detergent, or wash by hand with neutral detergent and warm water.
  3. Tumble dry on low or no heat or hang to air dry.   


Disinfecting the cushion cover is also simple! Follow these steps: 

  1. Machine wash the cover on the gentle cycle in hot water with mild detergent or hand wash in warm water with a mixture of 9 parts water:1 part bleach 
  2. Rinse with fresh water 
  3. Tumble dry on low or no heat or hang to air dry.   


Now let’s discuss cleaning the ROHO cushion 

  1. Make sure to close the valve. 
  2. Begin by rinsing and removing anything between the cushion cells. 
  3. Take care while cleaning. If a substance has dried on the cushion and sticks cells together, do not attempt to separate the cells when they are dry. This may damage the cushion.  
  4. Check that the valve is still closed. Place in a large sink, shower, or tub. Do not allow water or cleaning solution to enter the product. 
  5. Hand wash the cushion using a mild dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent. 
  6. Use a soft plastic bristle brush, sponge, or washcloth to gently scrub all cushion surfaces. 
  7. Rinse with fresh water. 
  8. Hang the cushion to air dry.  

You can also disinfect the ROHO cushion: 

  1. Repeat the steps 1-4 above (cleaning the cushion) 
  2. Using a solution of 9 parts warm water:1 part household bleach, hand wash the cushion. *Most germicidal disinfectants are safe if the manufacturer’s dilution directions are being followed. 
  3. Keep the cushion wet with the bleach solution for 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with fresh water. 
  4. Hang the cushion to air dry. 

Once the cushion and cover are both dry, replace the cushion inside the cover with care and as intended. The directional arrows and picture on the cover should be used as a guide. Zip the cover and place the cushion on the wheelchair. Double check that the cushion is placed back in the wheelchair correctly for the user – again, use the directional arrows to help you! 

Click here to download the PDF for cleaning a ROHO DRY FLOATATION cushion and cover guide. 

We also have a video of these instructions! 


For more detailed information on cleaning and disinfecting a ROHO cushion, refer to the product operation manual provided with your cushion. By following these steps, you will be setting yourself and your cushion up for success! 

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Share Button Nicole-LaBerge Nicole LaBerge, PT, ATP

Portfolio Marketing Manager - Seating & Positioning

Nicole B. LaBerge, PT, ATP is a Physical Therapist with 17 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings. She currently works for Permobil as a Portfolio Marketing Manager of Seating and Positioning products. Her past clinical practice has included seating and mobility for adult and pediatric populations, with a focus in neurological rehabilitation, power standing and wound care. Nicole has presented at the State and International Levels, has multiple publications in peer reviewed journals and enjoys sharing her passion for patient advocacy, efficiency, and clinical outcomes. She currently serves as an Executive Board Member for the Clinician Task Force.

Categories: Complex Rehab, Seating and Positioning, Cushion

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