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Recliner Mechanism Parts Diagram: The Complete Guide on General Maintenance and Care of Recliners

Regular and careful cleaning of the upholstery with water and mild soap can prevent hardening and embrittlement of the upholstered parts. These problems may include body sweat, skin oils, hair spray, hand creams, and similar things affecting upholstery.

Yeah, the recliner doesn’t need any complex maintenance. However, you need to understand some basic principles if you want it to function properly for several years. Let’s get started.

How to use a recliner properly

Before speaking about maintaining, I believe it is essential to understand how to operate your recliner properly.

The quick-release seat function is the essential feature a recliner can offer. You need to follow the following steps to use it correctly:

  1. Lock Front Casters
  2. Operate Recliner Mechanism Actuator
  3. This chair position is generally known as the “TV” position. I believe that I don’t explain why people call it that way.
  1. After pulling the chair in the “TV’ position, you will need to remove the leg rest forward to the full recliner position. This exposes the thumb knobs that ensure that you are sitting securely.
  2. In the end, you need to locate and remove the thumb knobs that secure the seat. Remember NOT TO remove the seat.

It is essential to point out that different manufacturers have chairs that can vary. I’m writing this guide while considering a manual recliner from the CHAMPION manufacturer. However, some details might be other in your situation. Just be careful and use your head to think about it.

How to take care of your recliner?

So, in the previous section, we’ve discussed how to operate a recliner. After that, it is reasonable to start speaking about maintaining its cleanliness. Regular and careful cleaning of the upholstery with water and mild soap can prevent hardening and embrittlement of the upholstered parts.

These things include body perspiration, skin oils, hair spray, hand creams, and similar things that may affect the upholstery. It is not necessary or recommended that moving parts of the chairs be lubricated. Keeping the chair clean is the main maintenance requirement. Each person should check their chairs and set their own maintenance schedule.

Following this easy advice will make your recliner live significantly longer.

Recliner cleaning precautions

It is an intelligent decision to be very careful while using solvent-type cleaners. It is essential to KEEP AWAY from fire or flame and use it in a well-ventilated area. Besides, don’t use a high-pressure wash or “hosing down” on recliner chairs, which will negatively affect them in the long run.

Some institutional cleaners or disinfectants may cause discoloration of the vinyl. Use of cleaners other than those recommended by the vinyl manufacturer is at the clinic’s own risk. Follow the vinyl manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations. Certain medications may produce a metabolite in the patient’s perspiration which can stain or discolor fabric.


Generally, champion chairs are vinyl, but this can change depending on the customer’s preference. However, each vinyl manufacturer has a cleaning process that they endorse for their product. This results in that every manufacturer produces their product with a protective finish to help keep staining agents from penetrating the vinyl and becoming a permanent stain.

It is always essential to remove a spill as soon as possible after it happens, as this reduces the possibility that the stain will penetrate the protective coating and migrate into the vinyl, becoming a permanent stain. All manufacturers recommend a process of several different steps for cleaning their vinyl. It is imperative to use all steps when working on a complex spill (one that has several other potential staining agents).

BEGIN by cleaning with a non-abrasive, all-purpose household cleaner using a soft cloth or damp sponge. Rinse with clean water. Follow with solvent-type cleaner using a soft bristle brush or soft cloth. Use at full strength. Follow with a clean water rinse and pat dry.

It is always easier to clean the table immediately after a spill. When the residue from a spill has dried on the table, you may use a soft bristle brush to help bring it back into solution. Rinse the surface with clean water. Try hot water and dishwashing liquid for residue not readily soluble in bleach and water. Rinse and use absorbent material to remove as much liquid as possible.

You may also try rubbing alcohol, applying a small amount of alcohol with a cloth, rubbing the dried-on residue. It may take several applications to dissolve the residue. You may try nail polish remover (acetone and water) with a soft cloth on any remaining material.

About Karen Miller

As an interior designer, I believe that living spaces should be welcoming and comfortable. When you walk into your home or office for the first time after it's been remodeled by me - all of those efforts are paid off with a sense of comfort in knowing how much care went into making sure every detail was attended too!

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