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According to a study, a home massage chair system is a cost-effective way for reducing impairment and pain associated with persistent low back pain. Considering massage chairs have so many benefits, you’ll most likely use them frequently.

However, they are more prone to damage than a regular couch or chair that you use every day. And after months of regular usage without any maintenance or cleaning, your chair may no longer appear pristine.

If you want to maintain your massage chair in great condition, this guide from OSIM UK will teach you everything you need to know about cleaning and maintenance.

How do you maintain a massage chair?

When keeping leather or fabric upholstery in good condition, it should be adequately maintained and cleaned gently. However, most modern products are constructed from leather, synthetic leather or vinyl upholstery such as OSIM UK’s uDivine V Massage Chair.

Pay close attention to the parts that come into contact with exposed hair and skin, as well as the seat which becomes sweaty through your clothing. Typically, you’ll want to concentrate on the arm, neck, and head areas. To clean your massage chair, follow these steps:

Use Your Chair Regularly

This concept may seem weird at first, but it makes sense when you consider a massage chair as an automobile. Internal components such as motors and gears will not be adequately lubricated if they are not used regularly. You can keep the parts of your massage chair moving in sync if you use it often.

Regular Cleaning

Make sure to clean the surface of your massage chair upholstery every day to keep it looking nice. You may start wiping your chair with a microfiber or soft cloth. This will get rid of any dust and particles on the surface.

Remove any debris from crevices and cracks with a vacuum cleaner. Then, in a basin, dilute a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water. Dip a clean rag into the solution and carefully rub down all areas of the chair’s upholstery.

For better finishing, you may also apply a coat of leather conditioner. Contrary to popular belief, you should not use any oils such as olive oil that you may have in your kitchen. Over time, these can really harm the upholstery since they’re not made specifically for upholstery.

Consult an Expert at the First Sign of Trouble

Trying to fix the internal parts of your massage chair on your own would be a big mistake. So, contact an expert (ideally someone from the chair’s manufacturer) as soon as you notice a problem.

Issues to look out for include:

  • Odd noises
  • Difficulty turning your chair on and off
  • Failure to switch between the massage modes you want, such as reclining and massage type

Also, keep in mind that you should not use your chair until a technician has repaired it to avoid worsening the damage. 

Consider Your Chair’s Location

Last but not least, assess the location wherein your chair is located and the factors to which it is exposed. For example, if your chair is in a room with direct sunlight, the upholstery may break and discolour or fade faster than it should.

Also, consider who has accessibility to the chair. Children from 3 to 7 years old as well as pets could cause damage to your chair since they lack control over it, so it might be best to keep it in a more private area.

How do you lubricate a massage chair?

When it comes to upkeep, your leather massage chair requires a little more effort. Whether natural or synthetic, leather could become dull over time and make your chair appear worn and unkempt. The easiest approach to avoid this and keep it looking new is to maintain it polished often.

Whatever fabric type your massage chair has, you’ll need to clean it first before putting any type of oil on it. You can use the methods mentioned earlier to do so. Once clean, massage a moderate amount of oil over the entire chair and wait for it to absorb. You can wipe away any excess. 

Also, don’t use petroleum oil if there are rubber parts as petroleum oil damages rubber.

If your massage chair is made from leather, it will most likely require frequent oiling to keep it smooth and avoid cracking. You may use special leather oils, and if you’re willing to spend a little extra, scented leather oils are also available. 

How long does a massage chair last?

Your chair will provide many years of enjoyment if properly cared for and maintained frequently. Massage chairs can last several years, depending on the usage and chair type. Customers frequently use their massage chairs for 10 years or more before needing to modify or repair them.

While this is the ideal scenario, the truth is that every massage chair will eventually require parts upgrades to function at its full potential.

Can you overuse a massage chair?

The massage chair should be used for short intervals of up to 15 minutes. For painful muscles, 15 minutes is more than enough time to reap the advantages, relaxation, and comfort that a massage chair provides.

Fortunately, some massage chairs offer timer-controlled massage programs that ensure you get the treatment you need without overdoing it. For example, the OSIM uLove 2 massage chair offers massage routines that provide targeted body relief and stop at a pre-programmed period.

Even though it is tempting, they are not made to be sat in for hours. If you sit in a massage chair for too long with an intense program, you may experience negative side effects such as bruising and inflammation.

This is because sitting for too long might result in muscle tenderness. It is recommended that you start with a low-intensity massage program and only utilize it for 15 minutes every session. 

Get Help Regarding Massage Chair Maintenance 

Massage chairs are an investment, and the better you take care of them, the better they’ll serve you. When you keep the outside in fine condition, the mechanisms stay in good condition as well. 

By following the steps mentioned above to clean and care for your chair, you can ensure that your investment will last longer.

You may get in touch with us should you encounter any issues with your OSIM massage chair by filling out our online form or sending an email to info@osim.com.au.

You can also view various models of massage chairs on the OSIM UK product site.Our products include a health monitoring feature that is accurate and easy to use, allowing you to keep track of your health.