How to Clean a Massage Chair Properly-Tips for Caring Your Massage Chair

Last Updated on November 26, 2021 by Naomi Nimu

Massage chairs are a great addition to your home. Whether you have a chronic health issue, or just want to relax your mind and body, massage chairs will provide you with a comfortable place to rest and recover from daily stress.

However, even the most well-crafted massage chair will eventually get dirty, especially when in constant use at home.

Regular maintenance and cleaning are recommended for your salon, or home massage chair in order to extend its life. In this article, we’ll cover how to clean a massage chair properly. You may also be interested in learning how to choose the best massage chair.

Gather all the Tools that You Will Need

Cleaner for massage chair
Upholstery Cleaner

First, you need to find the right cleaning products. The wrong ones will ruin the cover and the material of your chair. The products that you will need to clean your favorite massage chair include;

Unplug the Massage Chair from its Power Source

Unplug the chair. You don’t want to be electrocuted while deep-cleaning your massage chair.

Remove Any Attachments

Before you start to clean the massage chair, take off the cover completely.  Then, you need to remove any attachments that are located on the massage chair.  Some attachments are easy to remove while others need to be removed carefully.

 If you encounter any problem when removing any attachment, then do not force it or touch it directly.  You should contact your local technician for assistance in removing the attachment.

By removing the attachments, you will be able to access all of the nooks and crannies within your chair. Once you have done this, you will be able to get rid of any unwanted particles easily using a vacuum cleaner, an air compressor, or another type of blower.

After you have removed any attachments from the massage chair, you can begin cleaning. 

Vacuuming All Surfaces of the Massage Chair

Vacuum cleaner for massage chair

Vacuum the outside of the massage chair to remove any dirt or sand that may have accumulated.

If your massage chair has an external control panel, run the vacuum over it to remove any debris that might have collected in its crevices. Use a small paintbrush or small vacuum attachment to remove any dust that has collected in any small areas that are hard for you to reach.

Removing Large Particles

Use a wet/dry vacuum with a brush attachment to remove larger particles from the massage chair, especially from crevices, such as where the armrests meet the seat of an upholstered massage chair.

Be careful when using a wet/dry vacuum not to suck up water from any puddles that may have developed in these crevices. If you see water in any of these areas, be sure to dry them before proceeding with any additional steps in this process.

Removing the Stains

When you finish vacuuming your massage chair, the other step would be to remove stains with an upholstery cleaner or soap and water. Make sure you do not pour any cleaning solutions directly on the massage chair seat. Instead, use a soft cloth to gently wipe down the seat.

Rub Gently in Circular Motion

Rub gently in a circular motion so as to clean all areas properly without leaving any traces behind.

Cleaning the Motor Area

When cleaning the massage chair, take extra caution when cleaning around the motor. This is an area that needs to be kept clean at all times to ensure the proper functionality of the unit.

To properly clean the motors, use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment that can reach into tight areas. If you notice any type of buildup on or around the motor area, unsnap the cover on top of it and carefully wipe away any residue with a dry cloth.

Remove and Wash all Removable Covers

Remove and wash all removable covers (cushions, back covers, etc.) in lukewarm water using mild soap and allow to air dry on a clean towel. Make sure you do not scrub too hard or else you could damage your cover or cause it to tear.

The most important thing to remember when cleaning your massage chair is to make sure you clean all areas of the chair. This includes the underneath, sides, and top of the massage chair frame itself.

Cleaning the Power Socket and Cable

Check the power connection regularly. Ensure that the power cord is plugged in securely and has no visible signs of wear or tear. Likewise, check the socket for damage and replace it if necessary.

Clean the power socket and cable regularly.  They are what transfers power from the massage chair to you during treatment sessions. They can accumulate dirt over time so cleaning them regularly will ensure maximum effectiveness of the treatment.

Remove any built-up dirt using a dry cloth first before you use an electrode spray to clean it fully. Failure to do this may result in mild shock or injury to you during treatment sessions. Cleaning must be done by an adult or guardian since these products contain potentially harmful current that could result in injury if handled improperly.

Rollers cleaning

Cleaning your rollers regularly will keep them in optimal working order. All you need is a small amount of gentle detergent and a scrubbing brush.

Clean them as soon as you notice that they’re dirty or greasy. If left unattended, dirt and grime can quickly build up and coat the rollers in a thick layer of residue that can cause them to break down faster than normal.

Let your Massage Chair Dry

After thoroughly cleaning your chair, let dry for at least 24 hours before plugging it back in. Before putting it back on, wipe off any excess liquid with a dry cloth so you don’t get liquid trapped inside the faceplate. Once everything is dry, replace all.

What not to do When Cleaning a Massage Chair

Do not wet the area where the controls are located, as this may cause damage to the electrical components of your machine.

Do not use abrasive cleaners on your massage chair’s tubing or hoses, as they may cause them to deteriorate more quickly than they normally would.

Make sure that you do not use any chemical cleanser on the outer surface of the massage chair.  The main reason is that these chemicals may cause damage to the outer surface of the massage chair.

Importance of Massage Chair Maintenance

The importance of massage chair maintenance and cleaning should never be underestimated. A dirty chair can harbor all manner of bacteria, leading to rashes, itchiness, and even infections. Even if you use your chair regularly, it should be thoroughly cleaned at least once every two weeks.

To Avoid Filthy Mess

Frequent cleaning is particularly important if you have other family members or pets who will be using the chair. Their oils and dead skin cells can get trapped in the fabric of the massage chair cover, building up over time until you’re sitting on a filthy mess.

To avoid this, wipe down your chair after each use with an anti-bacterial wipe to kill any lingering germs or bacteria before they get a chance to multiply.

If you suspect that your chair has become infected or is harboring harmful bacteria, then it’s best to get in touch with a professional furniture repair service in order to have it thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

To Avoid Spread of Germs

Salons and offices are especially vulnerable to germs, which can easily spread from one person to another.

Since you never know who has been sitting in your massage chair before you, it is important to clean your chair periodically with disinfectant wipes or soap and water. This will keep the chair clean and sanitized for use by each successive user.

To Save Money in the Long Run

The last thing that you want to do is to ignore your massage chair and then have to call a professional massage chair repair person who will charge you an exorbitant amount of money just to fix the problem.

 It would be much better to invest a little bit of your time and money now by performing routine maintenance on your chair so that it will work for many years without any problems.

Read its Manual

A massage chair is an investment. It provides you with a convenient and effective way to relax and relieve muscle stiffness. You want to be sure that it will last for a long time and won’t need any repairs or replacement parts.

If you’re considering buying a massage chair, we suggest that you take the time to read the manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding proper maintenance and cleaning of your massage chair. You should also ask for help from the salesperson who sold you the chair if you have any questions on how to use it properly.

After how long Should You Clean your Massage Chair?

It is important to clean your massage chair at least every 2 weeks. The frequency of cleaning may vary depending on the usage of the chair. If you have used your massage chair for a long time, you should clean it thoroughly.

Remember that no matter what method you choose to clean your massage chair with, it is highly recommended that you do so on a regular basis. Make sure that you are following the manufacturer’s instructions for maintaining your specific type of massage chair in order to avoid any problems in the future.

Massage Chair Maintenance Tips

Massage chair maintenance is the best way to ensure that your chair will remain in good working order for years to come. Regular care will keep your chair looking and feeling its best, and will allow you to maximize its lifespan.

Tighten Any Loose Screw

You need to check all of the screws on the massaging unit and tighten them as needed. These can be tightened by hand or with the aid of an adjustable wrench.

The screws may loosen over time due to regular use and this can cause problems with your chair working properly. You want all of these screws tightened so there is no movement in the massaging unit and this will give you great results each time you use it.

Keep Massage Chair Remote Away from Water

Keep remote controls away from water or moisture. Even if water doesn’t enter the remote control itself, it can cause damage if it comes into contact with your skin while using the remote control. Some remotes feature moisture-proof covers for this reason.

Check its Warranty

Check whether there is a warranty on your massage chair. Most high-quality massage chairs come with one year or more of warranty against manufacturing defects. This means that in case your chair is having problems after you’ve used it for a while, the company will mend or replace it for free.

If you can’t find any information about your warranty in the manual, contact the manufacturer. Also, be sure to register your chair in order to extend its warranty.


After use, store your massage chair in a cool place to prevent mildew growth on its parts. Also, avoid placing heavy objects on top of it because this might damage its frame, particularly its legs.

It is important to remember that the chair is delicate equipment. They are not designed to move around, be stored in small spaces, or be moved easily.

The best place for your chair is in an open space with plenty of room to maneuver around it while it’s working on you. If you have a small living space, consider rearranging furniture to make space for your massage chair.

Oil the Rollers

 It is important to make sure your rollers are oiled regularly so they work smoothly and don’t squeak while someone’s lying down on them. Most rollers can be easily removed from their frame or base by lifting them out so as to oil them.

Power Cables Are Connected Correctly

Make sure your massage chair is plugged in and that all cables are correctly connected to the power supply. If you have any issues with your power supply or cables, they need to be fixed before you can use your massage chair. Most issues can be easily resolved by checking the connections and making sure they’re secure.

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