Care & Cleaning
The Abacus® Care & Cleaning Guidelines
Please use only the below-recommended solutions to clean the Abacus frame, gel-balls, axles, end caps and spacers:
- Disinfectant wipes – we recommend bleachless disinfectant wipes by Purell, Lysol or Clorox or similar products of any other brand. These products are perfect for cleaning the Abacus.
- Diluted mild dish soap and water – use a sparing amount of dish soap but do not use dish soap with de-greasing agents.
- WARNING: A high concentration of dish soap or dish soap with degreasing agents may adversely affect the plastic compound which will result in a gradual hardening and shrinking of the Gelliprene™ material over time.
- Do not submerge the frame or water may become trapped inside of the frame
- Isopropyl Alcohol - works fine to clean and disinfect the Abacus®.
Do Not Use the Following Cleaning Solutions for the Abacus® - Not Recommended
- Vegetable or vegetable based products
Other Helpful Notes:
- Do not leave the gel-balls in extreme heat or exposed to the sun for extended periods
- Do not stand on. Use of the Abacus® for foot compression may damage the device depending on the size of foot and pressure applied.
- Sliding a foot between axles may damage the frame depending on the size of the foot and the pressure applied. Proceed with caution.
- Keep fingers away from open slots when opening and closing the slots to insert or remove ball assemblies- your fingers could get caught in a slot.
- End caps and spacers are small enough to be swallowed- do not allow children under 13 to use the Abacus without adult supervision.
- For a more silky feel, apply some cornstarch to the gel-balls.
- Do not leave gel-balls on newsprint or similar media. The print may "tattoo" the balls (like silly putty does).
- Do not allow your dog to play with the balls or get to them- they have a plastic core that your dog might be able to rip out and choke on.