How to care for your sofa bed or recliner

It is important to know how to look after your recliner sofa or sofa bed so you can keep it looking it’s best for longer, as well as getting the most out of your furniture. For tips on general care and protecting your recliner and sofa bed, you’ve come to the right place. 

What to do before using your sofa bed or recliner

Before using your new sofa bed or recliner, please take the time to read the manufacturer’s instructions very carefully, as the mechanisms used can be very different from one recliner or sofa bed to another.

Please note: As reclining furniture has many moving parts, it’s normal for minor squeaks and creaks to emit from the recliner whilst in use and nothing to be concerned about.

How to clean a sofa bed

Looking after your sofa bed is very similar to caring for your sofa, just follow these handy everyday cleaning tips:

1. Vacuum the sofa cushions frequently on a low setting

2. Remove any dust or debris with a clean, soft brush

3. Check the instructions on the care label to check if they are machine washable and when needed pop the cushion covers in the wash for a refresh 

4. Tend to any spillages as soon as possible by blotting them with a clean, dry cloth 

Caring for your sofa bed  

To ensure your sofa bed withstands daily wear and tear, there are a few steps you can follow to ensure it’s fit for purpose for longer: 

1. Please remember that sofa beds are designed and intended only for occasional use. Using your sofa bed more than this may cause premature wear to the mattress and frame

2. Please don’t sit on the edge of the bed once it has been opened as this may lead to the frame bending

3. Only use the mattress provided by the manufacturer, another mattress will void your warranty and could stress the mechanism

4. It’s important to limit the amount of direct or prolonged sunlight your sofa is exposed to as this can dull the colour

How to clean a recliner 

Depending on if you have a fabric recliner or a leather recliner will affect how you look after it as the materials behave differently. Please check out our fabric and leather care guides for the key differences between the coverings.

These steps apply to general recliner maintenance to keep it looking its best:

1. Frequently vacuum the seats, paying attention to the crevices and the underside of your recliner as dust and debris can easily get trapped in these areas

2. Endeavour to deal with spillages immediately to prevent any risk of staining 

Caring for your recliner 

All of our recliners have been made to withstand their typical use, but please take the following precautions when using your furniture:

1. Make sure that children and animals are at a safe distance when opening and closing your recliner or sofa bed

2. Never leave a recliner in the reclined position when not in use

3. When operating the reclining action on a chair or sofa, please ensure that you sit right back

4. Don’t sit on or lean over the arms as this can twist the frame and prevent it from working in the future, there is also a risk of it tipping over

5. The arms, in particular, withstand a good deal of wear over time – try not to rub your hands over them continually

6. Head pillows can also suffer from soiling from hair, oil or grease, please use a headset cover if necessary 

7. Your sofa/chair should be well clear of obstructions before use 

8. Don’t allow young children to operate reclining furniture unless they are supervised by a responsible adult

9. Your reclining furniture needs mechanical tolerance in order to work, therefore a certain amount of side movement can be expected, especially when no one is seated on the chair

10. It’s important to limit the amount of direct or prolonged sunlight your recliner is exposed to as this can dull the colour

11. If there are any spillages that come into contact with the metal mechanism, ensure that they are fully dried to prevent any rusting

We hope this guide has been helpful. If you are ever unsure about how to properly care for your sofa bed or recliner, refer to your care guide or visit us in store for advice.

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Published: 25th March 2022