While your massaging recliner might wind up in your living room and will come in regular contact with your body, it's not like any other piece of furniture. In addition to normal wear and tear, it will be prone to massage chair problems that require a bit more attention, including routine cleaning and maintenance. However, it's not difficult if you stick to it — and the full-body luxury you'll experience on a nightly basis will be worth the effort.
How To Clean A Massage Chair
Cleaning is probably the most vital part of massage chair maintenance. The way you clean your at-home massage chair will depend on a number of different factors, though the basic principles are the same. No matter what, you always want to start by unplugging the power to avoid any potential hazards. From there, follow these key guidelines.
Choose The Right Solution For The Material
It's important to know what your massage chair is made of before cleaning it. For example, you should stick to gentle cleaning products on traditional leather and fabric. Natural leather may need to be maintained with special oils as well. However, artificial leather and vinyl materials are much more common and are able to handle slightly stronger chemicals. iZen's at-home massage chairs, for instance, are generally made using PU leather, a type of high-quality synthetic leather that is both environmentally-sound and animal-friendly. With this type of upholstery, a neutral detergent is most effective. Dish soap that has been diluted with water is also a good choice. Above all, regardless of the material, you should never use a highly acidic solution.
Follow The Appropriate Method To Clean Each Part
You'll want to focus on cleaning the parts of your at-home massage chair that most often come in contact with your skin and hair. These include the back cushion, pillow, hand rest, leg rest and other surface areas. The back cover, air tube, and other plastic and electrical components will eventually need to be cleaned as well.
To clean the hand rest, leg rest, back cover, air tube and plastic surface parts:
- Dip a cotton cloth in neutral detergent or mild/diluted soap.
- Wring out the excess liquid.
- Wipe down each part with the detergent-soaked cloth.
- Use a dry cloth to wipe them again, removing any residue.
To clean the back cushion and pillow:
- Use the same detergent-soaked cloth to wipe them down.
- Wipe them again with a wet cloth (no soap or detergent).
- Let them air dry in a well-ventilated area.
To clean electrical components such as the power supply and remote control:
- ONLY use a dry cloth to wipe them.
Pro Tip Avoid allowing soap to dry on the upholstery as this can leave unsightly spots. If there's an area that is particularly hard to clean, use a spray bottle to apply the solution or detergent. Never pour a liquid directly on the material or attempt to fully immerse it.
Consider An Appropriate Cleaning Routine
It's best to wipe off dust and dirt after every use. Regularly using a damp cloth on those high-contact surface areas will save you a lot of hassle in the long run. If you don't periodically remove perspiration, body oil, hair gel and other common residues, these can damage the finish of your at-home massage chair, particularly on synthetic leather. Eventually, your chair will need a full cleaning too, but the timing for that depends on how often you use it and whether or not you wipe it down afterward.
Other Massage Chair Maintenance And Usage Tips
There are several other things you can do to keep your comfy massage chair in tip-top shape.
- As mentioned, keep liquids and detergents away from all mechanical and electronic parts.
- Make sure all components are completely dry before use, especially after cleaning.
- Try to use your at-home massage chair on a regular basis to keep the internal parts working properly.
- If it hasn't been used in a while or you detect abnormal symptoms such as overheating, contact a professional for assistance.
- If you plan on storing your chair for an extended period of time, use a dust cover to avoid damage.
- Remember that it's not a regular chair — do not eat or drink while using it.
- Avoid excess weight, like children or pets, that can disrupt the internal components.
- To prevent the color of the upholstery from fading, keep your chair in a room of the house that does not have direct sunlight or high temperatures.