How to clean a recliner chair

A recliner from Mobility Furniture Company brings hours of supreme comfort and luxury, but everyday use can lead to things like dirt, food and drink spills and pet hair building up. It’s good practice to vacuum your chair weekly, but you will also need to go through a deep clean at least twice a year. Here’s a guide on how to clean a recliner chair – remember to always look at the care manual or tag before you start, in order to determine whether there are any methods or cleaners you can’t use. We will give you a method for each type of upholstery, so you can maintain your recliner safely and keep it in top condition for the long haul.

1. Water-safe upholstery

Some recliners are upholstered using material that can only be cleaned with water. If you try to clean this material with any solvent-based cleaner, you risk damaging it beyond repair, and the only options would be to live with the damage or have the entire chair reupholstered. The care manual or label will instruct you as to whether the upholstery is only safe for water, and it will specify what temperature is safe to use when cleaning. Always follow these instructions – they exist for a reason, and the last thing you want is to damage your chair when trying to clean it.

Step 1: Vacuum your recliner all over with a soft brush attachment or even a hand vacuum. This should remove excess dust, pet hair and pieces of dirt.

Step 2: Put warm water in a bucket and add 1-2 tablespoons of liquid soap or mild laundry detergent.

Step 3: Wet a cloth from the bucket and wring out the excess water. Use the cloth to wipe the upholstery thoroughly – scrub out any stains or spots with a brush.

Step 4: Give the cloth a clean rinse, and use it to wipe off any residual soap on the chair.

Step 5: Absorb excess water from the recliner with a towel, then allow it to air-dry before you sit in it.

2. Solvent-safe upholstery

When you look at the care manual or label, you will see that some recliner chairs are made using material that can be cleaned with solvents. You should look for upholstery cleaners when buying, as these are specially made for this task. Follow the instructions provided with your chosen cleaner to ensure you use the right amount of the chemical for the job, and use the following steps as a guide to safely cleaning your recliner chair.

Step 1: Thoroughly vacuum the recliner using a soft brush attachment/hand vacuum.

Step 2: Spray the recliner with a solvent-based upholstery cleaner. Allow it to sit for the recommended time.

Step 3: Use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub the recliner, removing any stains or embedded dirt. Wipe away the excess with a damp cloth.

Step 4: Allow the recliner to air dry. Don’t sit in it until it has dried completely.

Recliner chair cleaning is an important part of keeping your Mobility Furniture Company chair in good condition. But it is important that you follow the steps outlined in this guide to ensure you clean your chair safely and avoid damaging the upholstery. We want you to enjoy your recliner for many years, and we know the importance of keeping it in good condition. It doesn’t have to be a huge chore, and the deep clean is only needed twice a year (though 3-4 times is better). If you have any questions about maintaining your chair, you can always get in touch and we’ll endeavour to help.