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Minimising Squeaky Recliners or Squeaks in Leathers
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Remedy for a Squeaky Leather or Squeaky Recliner


Firstly, you need to identify if its the recliner or its the leather rubbing that's causing speaking. Move move the mechanism in and out in a quite time and listen to see where is coming from. 

The mechanism may squeak but the leather may rub so they are a little different.  


The Recliner Mechanism

It’s not uncommon for your recliner to squeak after a period time. This is caused by the internal mechanisms wearing and rubbing against each other as you recline the chair. Nuts and bolts inside the chair may loosen as well, causing the chair to make noise when you sit in it. Lubrication of these components and tightening the nuts and bolts often eliminates squeaks and other noises, and it is a task that may not require a call to a professional.

  • Place a tarp on the floor and sit in your chair. Open the chair to the fully reclined position.
  • Leave the chair in the reclined position and turn it over onto the tarp so that you can access the mechanisms beneath.
  • Remove detachable coverings on the underside of the recliner by hand if possible. Some coverings are fastened with screws or nails. Remove these carefully with a screwdriver or a claw hammer to avoid damage to the chair or the covering.
  • Tighten nuts or bolts inside the chair with an adjustable wrench by turning them clockwise.
  • Apply a spray lubricant labeled for use with metal parts or clear mineral oil to the nuts, bolts, coils, springs, hinges and all moving mechanisms on the underside of your recliner. As you apply lubricant to each part, place a rag behind it to prevent the lubricant from staining the recliner upholstery.
  • Turn the recliner upright and sit in it again. Set it to the closed position and then recline it fully again. Do this a few times and listen for squeaks as you recline and close the chair.
  • Apply more lubricant and re-tighten the nuts and bolts if the squeak persists.
  • Turn the recliner over and reattach the covering if the squeak has stopped. If the chair still squeaks after repeated applications of lubricant, contact a qualified technician to examine the recliner

Leather Rubbing or Squeaking 

If your leather chair squeaks as you settle into it, it may simply be so new that the material hasn't yet broken in, or aged to a buttery softness, like a worn saddle or well-traveled oxfords.

If the sound comes from a recliner leather parts, the chair may need conditioning:

In the creases, where the chair seat meets the arms and back, the tightly pressed-together leather-covered parts rub, and they can cause a squeaking noise when you activate the reclining motion or even settle into a standard chair, especially if it's new. 


Options to Mimise Squeaking 

  • With your hand rub a small ammount of baby powder or Talcum powder where the back meets the sides of the unit.  This should do the job.


  • Leather conditoner. Similiarly rub leather conditioner where the back meets the sides of the unit.  You may ned to do this severalk times to over days to mimise any squeaking


  • Use a silicone based lubricant such as vaseline and rub this (a small ammount)  where the back meets the sides of the unit.  





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