Maintaining the Hygiene of Your Prosthetic Liner: A Guide to Cleaning and Caring for Your Artificial Limb
A prosthetic liner is a crucial component of an artificial limb, providing comfort and a secure fit. Proper cleaning and maintenance of your prosthetic liner is essential to ensure its longevity and keep your skin healthy. Here's a guide to help you take care of your prosthetic liner:
Determine the Material of Your Liner:
The first step to cleaning your prosthetic liner is to determine its material. Prosthetic liners are made of various materials, including silicone, urethane, and thermoplastic elastomer. Each material requires different cleaning methods, so make sure to check the manufacturer's instructions for specific recommendations.
Remove Your Prosthetic Liner:
Once your skin is clean and dry, remove your prosthetic liner. If your liner is stuck, gently roll it down your residual limb rather than pulling it off. This will help to prevent damage to the liner.
Clean Your Skin:
Before cleaning your prosthetic liner, it's important to clean your skin. Use non-soap cleanser and water to wash your residual limb and allow it to dry completely. Doing so will remove any dirt, oils, or sweat that may have accumulated on your skin during the day.
Clean the Liner:
The next step is to clean your prosthetic liner.
We suggest using a soft bristle brush and liner-safe cleanser solution. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that could damage the liner. Also, avoid exposing the liner to high heat, as this can cause it to become misshapen.
Rinse the Liner:
Once you've cleaned your prosthetic liner, rinse it thoroughly with water.
Dry the Liner:
Allow your prosthetic liner to air dry completely. Avoid using a towel or cloth to dry it, as this can cause the liner to become misshapen. Instead, lay the liner flat and let it air dry in a well-ventilated area.
Deep Cleaning The Liner and Apply A Medically-Proven Skin Protection Barrier:
With your liner being a hotbed for bacteria and fungal by-products, it is important that you do what you can to protect your liner against damage. We suggest using The Liner Wand. The Liner Wand uses a sponge tip to deep-clean the surface and apply a single thin coating of our patented Apocrine™ solution. The application of this solution creates a protective titanium barrier that helps decontaminate your liner and remove the bacteria by-products that cause odor and skin irritation.
Store the Liner:
Once your prosthetic liner is dry, store it in a cool, dry place. Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight or heat sources, as this can cause it to deteriorate.
In conclusion, keeping your prosthetic liner clean and well-maintained is crucial to ensuring its longevity and the health of your skin. By following these simple steps, you can keep your prosthetic liner in top condition and enjoy comfortable, secure fits for years to come.