How To Properly Care For And Maintain Your Lift Chair

Jan 26, 2022 0 comments Abby Haukongo
How To Properly Care For And Maintain Your Lift Chair


If you have a power lift chair you know how important it is to your daily life.  As such, you want to properly care for it so that it’s always in good working condition ready to give you a lift whenever you need it. In this article we look at how to properly care for and maintain your lift chair.

There are many recommended drills that you can follow to get the best out of your lift chair. For starters, you can begin by fully understanding the owner's manual and following its instructions to the letter. You can also adopt a regular cleaning and maintenance routine to ensure it stays in the best operational shape.

To fully service and maintain your chair, you have to attend to its various components individually and uniquely in the following ways:

Electric Lift Chair's Fabric Maintenance

Following these basic maintenance suggestions, your power lift recliner chair will not only give you many years of service but also ensure that it continues to function in the best shape possible:

  • Keep your electric lift chair clean. But before applying water or any cleaning solution unplug the chair from the electricity connection and remove backup batteries, if any. 
  • You may clean it using mild fabric cleaners designed for the material. Leather lift chairs are simple to clean due to their smooth surface. 
  • Use solvent-free cleansers and avoid soaking the fabric when cleaning. Do not saturate the fabric. To make sure your chair doesn't become permanently stained test a little area first.
  • Immediately clean up spills. In some instances, even stain-resistant textiles could get marked by spilled liquid.
  • After cleaning your power lift chair, let it dry thoroughly before re-plugging it in. Remember, moisture is an enemy to the electric parts of your chair.
  • Inspect the cloth for tears, gaps, pulls and damaged seams. If you see any of these, contact your retailer or the chair's manufacturer for replacements.

Electronics Maintenance

Lift chairs come with an electronically controlled backrest and footrest and a motorized lifting system at the base. These need to be given special attention during maintenance.

  • Keep water and other liquids away from the electric parts of your chair. Note that water or liquids touching the motor, electronic components, or power source may cause electrical shocks, injury, or chair damage.
  • Connect your lift chair to an electrically grounded outlet with a three-prong socket. To prevent safety and performance difficulties, connect your lift chair directly to the socket.
  • Inspect all wiring harnesses for frayed or broken wires, as well as evidence of corrosion. If your hand control cable is frayed, contact your retailer or chair manufacturer for a replacement. Exposed wires can result in malfunctions or other unwarranted issues. 
  • Keep your lift chair from excess moisture or high temperatures.
  • Ensure you replace the two 9-volt backup batteries annually, whether they have been in use or not. If you have used them, you can check to determine whether they need replacing.

Safety Precautions

  • Do not collect any dropped items inside or beneath it while the chair is plugged into a power source.
  • Use caution if there are people, pets, or other obstructions in the way of the lift chair's operation. Whether under or in front of the footrest, under the chair, or behind the chair.
  • Do not allow youngsters to play on the lift chair or sit on the footrest.

  • Avoid the lift chair's pinch points, such as the lift and scissor mechanisms.
  • To avoid unintentional activation of the lift chair, keep the hand control locked or use the quick-disconnect option.
  • If the lift chair is only halfway elevated, do not "drop" onto it.
  • Do not stand or sit on the footrest, and do not pull on the footrest to move the chair.

Lift Chair Reminders

  • Unplug your lift chair if it's producing strange sounds or isn't working properly. In addition, contact your medical equipment service provider for assistance.
  • Place the power cable in a location where no one will trip over it.
  • Place your lift chair far enough away from the wall so that when you recline the backrest does not contact the wall.
  • Do not allow things to fall beneath the high foot lift. 
  • Leave your lift chair in the regular sitting position while not in use.
  • Never leave a physically disabled person in a lift chair alone. 
  • Each lift chair has its maximum weight capacity; see your chair's instructions for further information. This is because in cases where users put too much weight on their lift chair, they may end up damaging the metallic connections or even the rim tires.
  • Do not use any kind of lubricant on the lifting mechanisms.


    We hope that these tips on how to properly care for and maintain your lift chair have been helpful to you. Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or if you feel we need to add more of these types of articles to our site. 

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    Abby Haukongo

    Abby Haukongo is a key contributor at Electric Wheelchairs USA, known for her deep knowledge in the powered mobility sector. Her expertise in internet technology and content creation enhances her ability to cover trending topics in this niche. Abby's unique blend of technical acumen and industry insights makes her an invaluable asset, providing readers with well-informed, relevant content on the latest developments in powered mobility.

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