Purchasing a riser recliner chair can be a big investment to make, so it’s important that you know how to keep yours looking its best. For advice on how to take care of your chair, as well as some useful cleaning tips, keep reading.
How to take care of a recliner chair
Whether you use it for reading, watching TV or sleeping, it’s likely your riser recliner chair will be subject to some wear and tear on a daily basis. To make sure you’re taking care of it properly, it pays to keep the following tips in mind.
Use a protective spray
To keep the fabric of your recliner chair in tiptop condition, it’s a good idea to apply a protective spray. This will help repel liquids and reduce the risk of staining, even if you accidentally spill your cup of tea. There are a wide range of protective sprays to choose from, and you should be able to pick one up from your local supermarket. Before using the spray, you should always read the instructions, but it’s likely the spray will need to be applied to the fabric surface twice, leaving time for it to dry in between each application. To maintain the protective layer, you should reapply the spray every year.
Plug the chair directly into the mains
If possible, try to plug the chair directly into the mains. Using an extension lead could mean that you end up overloading the plug socket with too many electrical items, which can be dangerous.
Don’t put anything under the chair
Putting items underneath your riser recliner could cause them to become stuck and in turn, damage the chair – and you could hurt yourself trying to retrieve them. Instead, you should keep this area free so you can recline the chair without having to worry about objects getting trapped.
Check the power cables regularly
Get into the habit of checking the power cables of your chair regularly, looking out for any obvious signs of wear and tear. If you notice anything wrong with the wiring, you should unplug the chair until you are able to have it fixed by a professional. You should also make sure that the cables are kept away from any sources of water or damp.
Protect the chair with a throw
To make sure the fabric of your chair continues to look its best, you might want to cover it with a light throw, especially over the arms and across the top of the back of the chair where your head will rest, making sure you wash it from time to time.
However, it’s important to be careful that the throw doesn’t get caught up in the chair’s mechanisms, particularly when it’s moving from a sitting to standing position and back again.
Position it away from direct sunlight
It’s worth bearing in mind that if your chair is placed near a window, it’s likely the fabric will start to fade due to exposure to direct sunlight. So, if you want to preserve the chair for as long as possible, you might want to think about where you’re going to position it in the room.
How to clean a recliner chair
Keeping your chair clean is extremely important, especially for your own personal hygiene. To make sure your recliner stays fresh and clean, it’s worth putting these tips into practice.
Use suitable cleaning products and techniques
Before you start, you’ll need to think about what the chair is made of to make sure you use the correct cleaning techniques and products. For example, if your chair has been upholstered in leather or suede, you will need to make sure you use a specialist leather cleaner instead of wiping it with water as this could leave unsightly marks.
On the other hand, chairs that have been covered in fabrics can usually be cleaned using warm, soapy water and a sponge, although you may need to use a specialist upholstery cleaner for stubborn stains.
Remove the seat and armrest cushion covers
Many recliner chairs have removable seat and armrest cushion covers, making them easier to wash and allowing you to give the chair a deeper clean. To ensure you’re washing them correctly, make sure you refer to the instructions provided.
Vacuum the chair
Once you’ve removed the covers, use your vacuum cleaner and a soft brush attachment to get rid of any crumbs that might have fallen down the sides of the chair.
Create your own cleaning mixture
While there are a range of specialist cleaning sprays and foams available, you could try creating your own mixture using products that you’ve already got in the cupboard. For instance, if your chair is upholstered in fabric, simply sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda onto the material and let it sit for approximately 20 minutes, then vacuum it up. This will help remove any odours that may be clinging to the chair.
You could also try using white vinegar mixed with water. Once combined together, dip a cloth into the mixture and gently wipe the chair, focusing on any areas that might be particularly dirty. This will also help get rid of any unpleasant odours, making the chair smell clean and fresh.
Taking care of and cleaning your recliner chair doesn’t need to be a chore, and you should find it easy to keep it looking its best with these tips and tricks.