As with most mechanical mobility aids safety is a major concern, and taking care of your riser recliner chair is key to the longevity and efficiency of the piece. In this guide we’ll tell you how to get the most out of you riser recliner and show you how a couple of easy checks can ensure that your chair lasts for many years.
Riser recliner owners are recommended to have their chair routinely checked and serviced by a professional engineer, but there are some checks and precautions that you or your healthcare advisor can do to keep your riser recliner in tip top condition.
Safe operation of your riser recliner not only prevents injury but can also add to the longevity of the chair. Here are some of the safety precaution to look at before operating your recliner chair:
- The riser recliner power lead must be plugged straight into an electricity socket and not into an extension lead.
- Do not place anything on top or near the external transformer and give it ample room to vent the heat generated efficiently.
- When away from the chair ensure that the remote control is switched off or the key taken out so that the device cannot be accidentally operated.
- Always leave the riser recliner in the upright position when not in use.
- Do not place any objects under the riser recliner and check for obstructions before operation.
- When moving the riser recliner to a new location always check that the chair is level before operation. Riser recliners come with adjustable feet, ideal for uneven floors and carpets.
The mechanics inside a riser recliner chair are pretty complex and should be used the way intended by the manufacturer, failure to use the chair for its intended purpose can damage the mechanism and be expensive to fix.
- Do not lean on or use excessive downward pressure to the chairs back when it’s in the fully reclined position; this can cause the chair to topple over resulting in damage to the chair or injury to yourself.
- Do not use the footrest as an alternative seat, as this can damage the mechanism and cause the chair to malfunction.
- Ensure that the remote control is out of the way before sitting on the chair to prevent damage to the device.
- Cleaning the fabric regularly keeps the chair looking better for longer and can add to the
comfort of the chair. Here at CareCo we have a range of cleaning products specially developed for leather and fabric finishes, they are easy to use, remove most stains and protect the finish from future accidents.
- Inspect the fabric on the riser recliner on a regular basis for any rips, tears or gaps and fix accordingly.
- For those tough to remove stains or severely ripped fabric that cannot be fixed by an amateur it is recommended that you use a professional furniture cleaning service or upholsterer for the best results.
- Regularly check all power cables and remote control for any signs of damage before use. If you find any damaged parts contact your riser recliner dealer for assistance.
- If your riser recliner is equipped with a battery backup system it is recommended that the 9V battery is changed regularly. This will ensure that the chair will still operate for a short time in case of a power cut.
- Keep all electronics away from any source of moisture and avoid placing the chair in a location that suffers from extreme temperature changes.
- Riser recliners are designed and built for indoor use only and should not be used outside.
Proper care and maintenance of your riser recliner will ensure that the chair will provide many years of reliable service.