How to Clean a Brace

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You may be wearing a knee brace to minimize pain or to provide support after surgery. Regardless of the reason, you'll need to clean your brace regularly to keep it from growing bacteria. Here's a few suggestions on how to keep your knee brace in good condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Warm water
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Basin
  • Nail brush
  • Clean towels
  • Automotive grease
  • Create a solution of warm water and antibacterial soap. Place it in a tub or bucket. Use a clean cloth to wipe the brace clean of any dirt or sweat.

  • Dip a small nail cleaning brush into the basin of soapy water. Use the brush to scrub the brace thoroughly, both on the inside and exterior.

  • Dampen a soft and clean towel. Use the towel to wipe the knee brace clean of any soapy residue.

  • Allow your brace to air dry in a location with good circulation and light.

  • Lubricate the joints of your knee brace with some automotive or red grease.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult with your doctor regarding additional maintenance requirements.
  • Maintain the shiny finish of rigid orthosis by wiping the exterior with a car interior protectant.
  • Don't machine wash or dry your knee brace.
  • Never use bleach on your knee brace.
  • Refrain from submerging your brace in water.
  • Don't use petroleum jelly to lubricate joints, unless instructed to do so.
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