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How to Clean an ObusUltraForme Backrest

Updated on June 27, 2013

Superior back support

First of all, I don’t have any connection with the company but I never have a problem promoting a product of superior quality and one that provides superior performance and this product does both very well. One of the problems is that its construction doesn’t lend itself easily to take down into parts and run in a washing machine for example so I learned how to clean it successfully the other day.

Since it has been rather hot lately my apartment has been also that way and my little air conditioner doesn’t do much other than keep it in a comfortable range for sleeping. So I often find myself sitting on the computer without a shirt and it’s only me here so no one is going to see me semi-naked. The problem is when one perspires the seat material does a good job of absorbing excess perspiration and that is where the problem really starts.

I thought it was the guy who lives below me who chain smokes and isn’t a regular user of soap, body wash or anti-perspirants or deodorants. But it is kind of difficult for that odour to drift into my apartment with the exception of the smoke which can work its way through air ducts. I have a good air purifier that takes care of that now. So I’m smelling this faint body odour while sitting at my computer and I finally realize where it is really coming from and it’s the guy sitting at the computer. Years of absorbing sweat creates a disgusting seating area. No other way to say it. I just ignored it and it only really became noticeable when it was quite muggy out.

Well I quickly stripped the unit off the chair and into the bathroom I went. Got out the hydrogen peroxide which is a good mild bleaching agent. I laid the obusforme into the bathtub and liberally poured the hydrogen peroxide (3%) all over the back support. I then did much the same with Dawn antibacterial hand soap (the one and the same you would use do the dishes in the kitchen sink). I let that sit for a half hour or so before I put the plug in the tub and put in enough hot water to cover the support.

Then I let that sit for about a half hour. I got out the toilet plunger which is the plain old ordinary one with the single browny-orange suction cup and went to town on the support. I gave it a good thrashing and low and behold there were a lot of suds being generated now. It was kind of reminiscent of the old style washing machine I remember my mom using when I was quite young.

Then I kind of gave it a personal backrub using my fingers. With the support leaning on the edge of the bathtub I just worked the suds into the unit from top to bottom flipped it over and did the same on the other side. No fading of the material was apparent.

Then it was time for several deep rinses by holding it under the tub faucet and creating a sort of waterfall effect with the support. It will require several passes of rinses and “backrubs” to get the soap out so do one more than you think is necessary.

Then you will stand it up in the tub in its normal position for back support and let the water drain for at least 24 hours. After that it is now oxidized and sanitized and no more nose-scrunching odour. I think I will repeat this process every six months or so from now on. I don’t like the smell of body odour and I’m even more disgusted when it is my own.

I hope you found this useful.

By the way a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and dishwashing detergent is supposed to be good for skunk smell so just keep that in your memory banks. Hopefully, you will never have to use it or end up smelling like one because of your own personal hygiene program. I’m sort of thinking your friend list is going to be rather short.


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