It may not be the most beloved tradition of the year, but spring cleaning is here. The origins of the practice are uncertain. Some think it dates back to the Jewish tradition of thoroughly cleansing the home before Passover. Others believe it started because in 19th century America (before we had vacuum cleaners), spring was a practical time to dust the house; it was warm enough to open the windows but not so warm that bugs were a huge problem.

Though modern convenience allows us to clean all year round, spring cleaning is still a good reminder to clean those things which we might normally overlook—such as mobility aids.

Canes/Walkers: Simply wipe down your cane or walker with soapy water. Dry thoroughly to prevent rusting and avoid slips. If you have a wooden cane, consider polishing it to keep it looking shiny and new. Don’t forget to check your cane or walker tips to see if they’re damaged. If so, order a replacement tip.

Rollators: As with a traditional walker, rollators need to be wiped down and dried thoroughly. It’s also a good idea to check all the nuts and bolts for tightness, and to make sure the brakes are adjusted properly.

Wheelchairs: Once again, wipe with soapy water, dry thoroughly, and check the nuts and bolts for tightness. With a wheelchair you’ll also want to check your tires. If they use air, check the pressure, and if there’s not enough, inflate the tires with a bike pump. Also, make sure all hinges are properly lubricated. If they’re not, touch them up with some lube spray.