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4 Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Recliner Chair

Feb 25, 2019
4 Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Recliner Chair

There is nothing quite like the joy of sinking into a comfortable, high-quality recliner at the end of a long day. Once you’ve found the perfect recliner chair to give you that experience, you want to do everything in your power to make it last as long as possible. While there is, sadly, no way to make any piece of furniture last forever, there are several things you can do to ensure that your favorite chair holds up for as long as possible. Here are a few ways to prolong the life of your recliner chair.

Read the Manufacturer’s Instructions

When you buy a piece of furniture, it almost always comes with a booklet or paperwork that outlines how to take care of it. Since different furniture companies use different manufacturing techniques, upholstery materials, and framework, familiarizing yourself with the provided instructions ensures that you know how to care for your exact chair. Make sure you hang onto that paperwork, too, as it likely tells you who to get in contact with regarding warranty issues. It may even provide some troubleshooting tips for common problems.

Keep It Clean

It doesn’t take long for a well-loved recliner to get dirty. Whether it is upholstered in leather or fabric, it’s likely to be subjected to dust, dirt, pet hair, sweat, and food and drink spills on a regular basis. Keeping it clean ensures that it will look and smell good for years to come. While it’s best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, there are a few general tips for keeping your favorite chair clean. Fabric recliners should be vacuumed regularly to remove dust, dander, pet hair, crumbs, dirt, etc. If the fabric is water-safe, it can be cleaned using water and mild laundry detergent. You may also be able to clean it using an upholstery cleaner. Before using any sort of cleaning product, test it in an inconspicuous area.

Keep your leather recliner clean by dusting regularly using a soft cloth. You can also vacuum it using a soft brush attachment. Specially formulated leather cleaners and conditioners can be used to eliminate stains and keep your chair feeling soft and supple. Spills should always be cleaned up immediately. Soak up liquid stains using a cloth. Blot at the stain rather than scrubbing, to avoid forcing it further into the upholstery. Keep appropriate cleaning products on hand at all times to ensure that you are prepared to clean up stains before they set.

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Give Leather Recliners a Bit More TLC

Leather recliners add a touch of class to any home. They provide exceptional comfort, and they are solid investments that can last for decades. They do require a bit more TLC than fabric chairs, though. When deciding where to put your new leather chair, make sure it is not in direct sunlight and is at least two feet away from a heat source. Sunlight can cause the leather to fade, and heat can cause the leather to dry out and crack.

Prevent scratches by only cleaning using soft cloths and vacuuming with soft brush attachments. Clean and remove stains using products that are specially formulated for use on leather, and be sure to condition the leather using leather conditioner. Consult your instruction booklet for specific product and care recommendations. When in doubt, contact the manufacturer. Leather furniture is not difficult to care for, but, if you use the wrong products, you can drastically reduce its life.

Take Care of the Reclining Mechanism

One of the greatest things about owning a nice recliner is being able to kick your feet up at the end of the day. If you fail to take care of the reclining mechanism, however, your chair may lose this ability. Oil the mechanism regularly to ensure that it continues to work smoothly. You may also need to oil the bolts and the steel frame. Your instruction manual should provide you with information regarding what needs to be oiled and when. If the reclining mechanism becomes difficult to use, don’t force it. Contact a professional and have it repaired right away.

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Keep your favorite recliner chair in pristine condition by following the advice listed above. When you are in the market for new furniture, you can also ensure that it will withstand the time by investing in a high-quality chair that is built to last. At Club Furniture, our recliners have high-end features like solid hardwood frames to guarantee longevity. Check out our selection today!

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