Leather is a very attractive material that is very pleasing to look at. It is also one of the most expensive materials in the furniture arena.
To maintain that luxury look of your leather furniture, your leather-based furniture is something that needs to be maintained if it is to last longer.
In the case of your leather chair, one of the first signs of your chair being worn out is when it starts to make that annoying squeaking noise.
Today we look at how to stop leather chair from squeaking.
Such chairs can make noises due to 2 reasons:
- It may make noise from the leather itself.
- Squeaking from the metallic structure.
The noise can originate from the structure of the chair that holds up your chair. This is usually the most common reason why your chair is causing so much noise.
The 2 factors will be discussed and we will also explain to you how it can be resolved. We will start off from the sound that can originate from the leather itself.
Squeaking from the Leather Itself
You may think it is uncommon for the leather to make that squeaky sound but leather can actually make a lot of noise. This is particularly true if the leather is not of standardized quality.
When you sit on the leather chair or move about while sitting, your leather chair may make a lot of unpleasant noise.
However, this may NOT BE bad news.
If your chair is new-then the leather may grumble a lot as the leather material is still new. It will gradually soften once you start to sit more often.
Use your leather chair more often by sitting on it. This will eventually soften the hard texture that new leathers usually have in the beginning.
If the problem still persists then it means that it is now time to not only attend to the needs of your leather but you must also clean and condition it.
Here are a few steps on cleaning your leather chair to removing that awful sound:
- Use a damp cloth to wipe your leather chair.
- Dry your chair and do not leave out any creases. Dampness can rot away the leather of your chair.
- Now apply a conditioner on to a clean cloth and apply all over the leather in a circular motion.
We recommend using Leather Master 1 Liter Leather Protection Cream. This is a conditioner that I have been using for a very long time on my leather-based furniture.
There is a FULL ARTICLE on caring for your leather furniture. Please do check it out. The quality of your leather chair entirely depends on how well you care for the leather.
Additional Notes on Leather Care
- Keep the leather moist always by conditioning and keeping it clean.
- Always keep your leather chair away from the sun. Direct sunlight will try out the leather. Dry leather will be more squeaky and uncomfortable to sit on.
- Cover your leather chair with a blanket or any thick material if you are not in the room.
- Keep any leather-based furniture including chairs away from any form of heat such as heaters for heating homes, fireplace, gas stove, fireplace, etc.
- Apply conditioner every 3 months. This ensures the leather fabric stays soft.
Squeaking from the Metal Structure of the Chair
Noise from a leather chair can occur when you lay back to relax on your chair or move around your chair (this would be the case for wheeled chairs.)
Such sounds may not be too bothersome but I have to admit if these are not solved-the the squeaks start to get worse by growing louder in the long run.
Your leather chair may grumble for 2 main reasons. Here is a list of the possibilities:
1. The screws may be loose.
2. The inside structure of the chair is dry.
Overall, if you are not sure where the sound is originating from then you can listen to WHERE the actual sound is coming from. As you fix your leather chair, you will be able to understand where the problem is coming.
Let’s look at how you can stop that annoying rumble by looking at the above 2 scenarios.
THE SCREWS MAY BE LOOSE
GREASING is thought to be a common solution to stop chairs being noisy but really it is not always the case.
One common example could be the screws that hold the chair at the base. Flip the chair upside down and take a look at the parts that hold your chairs.
You can gently push and pull the different parts of the chair at the base such as the wheels, the stand that holds your chair vertically.
Also, take a look at the screws of your chair-do they seem loose?
Even if the screws seem fine, grab a screwdriver and tighten any screws where ever you see one. Tighten all the screws where you see one.
Now flip the chair the right way up and sit on your chair and observe if the chair is still making noise.
If it does not make any noise then your problem is solved.
Many leather chairs make an unpleasant sound because they were probably not handled well during delivery or because the “new” chair was sitting in the storage for too long without proper maintenance.
If you are still able to hear any sound then try the next solution.
THE INSIDE STRUCTURE OF THE LEATHER CHAIR IS DRY
Firstly, try to find out where the sound is coming from. You can flip the chair if you want to examine where the sound is originating from.
Leather chairs, like any hardware and machines such as cars, can make noise because the inside parts are dry.
Now is the time to apply some greasy oil. I highly recommend using oils that can be sprayed. These oils are usually in tin cans that have thin long plastic pipes attached to make it easy to spray in areas that are hard to reach.
[see question 2 of the FAQ SECTION to know more about the different oils you can use.]
You can use a thin paintbrush if you do not have such a category of oil spray cans. I have seen professionals use cans that do not spray oil. They have to be poured.
[please see the IMPORTANT POINT ON YOUR LEATHER CHAIR section on how to use oil by pouring.]
You can also rub the pipes with grease to make it smooth if they are rough.
Here is a list of areas that you can grease to stop your leather chair from squeaking:
- The pipe that holds your chair.
- Pipes that are jointly connected.
- The inner section of the pipe.
- Finally, the spring of your chair that is inside the chair.
Remember, the pipes that hold your chair can make a lot of noise. These are the ones that move a lot. So greasing the pipes will help.
Keep in mind that the pipes are very highly likely to be metal. It is THIS metal pipe that you should be sure to oil down.
Some of these metal pipes are covered in plastic rounded cylinders for protection. You will have to TAKE OFF these covers in order to access your metal pipes. Remember, applying oil to the plastic area will not solve the problem.
It is the metallic areas that need to be greased well-not the plastic parts.
Many metallic pipes are jointly connected.
These should not be left out too. Grease the joints as well as the inside part. Personally, I like to detach the metal joints and grease the whole part.
For the inner section of the pipe, rub some grease on the inside part of the pipe with some grease using a cloth or soft brush if it is not smooth.
Now let us talk about the most important part of a chair-the SPRING.
If we leave out the wheels, the metallic spring of your leather chair is the one that moves a lot. If you STILL encounter any more sound then this is likely the last reason for that squeaky noise.
So grease the spring of your leather chair to stop it from squeaking.
IMPORTANT POINT ON HOW TO STOP LEATHER CHAIR FROM SQUEAKING
- If you are pouring liquid grease to your squeaking leather chair, be sure to apply the grease outside your house. The process of applying grease can be messy. This may ruin your floor especially if the chair is on a carpet. If you do not have the means to go out then you can place your leather chair on some old newspapers and start working on your noisy leather chair.
- Most importantly, be sure to leave your chair for an hour before using your chair again.
- If your leather does not happen to be original then your leather chair will likely dry out faster which can be a cause for the noise.
- However, if the sound is coming from the bottom part of the chair, then you should be able to take it apart quite easily.
- When applying grease, make sure to leave it for an hour before you start using it again. Some grease may dry faster. [See question 2 of the FAQ section].
FAQs ON FIXING YOUR SQUEAKING LEATHER CHAIR
Question 1: I Applied Grease but my Leather Chair won’t Stop Squeaking.
Answer: Spraying grease may not help to lubricate the metal. If you want to know how to stop leather chair from squeaking even though you applied grease, then you will have to turn the chair upside down and pull the chair apart.
Focus only on the bottom part of the chair that helps to keep the chair standing. If there are plastic coverings-remove that and grease any metal you see.
Apply oil on the metal spring that is covered by plastic as well as joints that hold the chair up.
There are other factors to consider as well.
Have you tried tightening the screws? Chairs can be noisy if the nuts, bolts, and screws are loose. Get hold of a screwdriver and tighten any screws that are loose.
DIRT may also be another cause for all that noise. When you pull things apart before you apply any lubricants-use a DRY CLEAN cloth to clear out any dirt.
Dirt such as dust can cause the noise as your chair makes friction. After clearing out all that dirt, do not forget to apply the grease.
Forgetting to do so will not solve that horrid grumble of your chair.
Question 2: What can I use to grease the metallic section of my leather chair?
Question 3: Help ! My Leather chair is Squeaking Again. What do I do?
Answer: It’s ok if you again hear noises coming out from your leather chair (even though it was silent after repairing ). In fact, it is very normal for furniture and electronics such as ceiling fans to make noise again after they have been repaired.
If you hear the sound again even after you have repaired the chair then it means that you need to RE-APPLY the grease again.
If you used a WD-40 Lubricant then please remember that a WD-40 Lubricants tends to dry out. You will have to apply the lubricant again.
You can use an industrial-strength lubricant from a spray can-they tend to last longer.
White lithium grease is another good example of grease that will last longer.
Question 4: I feel intimidated to pull my chair apart. What do I do?
Answer: This is really not a very hard thing when you try to stop the leather chair from squeaking. For the metallic area-there is really not much to pull apart.
Here is a trick I learned when working with computer hardware. As you take off each part of the lower area of your chair-align the parts in order. So that you do not mess up which parts belong to which stage.
Leather chairs may be difficult to take apart for you to repair. If you do not know how to take it apart then call in a professional repairer for help. Leather-made furniture can be damaged and once they are damaged, they are usually irreversible.
Still, it really helps if you can find out why your leather chair is squeaking and from where is the sound originating from. It also helps the repairer to get straight to the point of fixing your leather chair. This way no time is lost in finding out why your leather squeaking so much.
Question 5: Can I use metal lubricants such as WD-40 to condition the leather?
Answer: DO NOT DO THIS AT ALL. This will damage the fabric of your leather chair.
Metallic lubricants are NOT THE SAME as a leather conditioner. Please use Leather Master 1 Liter Leather Protection Cream to keep your leather healthy and soft.
Question 6: Is it OK to use my plain hands to apply grease?
Answer: Yes, you can. In fact, I have been guilty of using White lithium grease by applying it with my plain hands.
Remember to wash and clean your hands when you are done applying.
LAST THOUGHTS ON FIXING SQUEAKY LEATHER CHAIRS
This pretty much sums up how to stop leather chair from squeaking. No need to buy new chairs for such a minor problem.
Remember, in case of leather chairs, squeaky noises occur either because the leather is not being taken care of OR because the metallic part of the chair needs repairing.
In my experience, many of the solutions that address the metallic area are pretty much the same for hardware and electronics.
How do you deal with squeaky noisy chairs?
Do you just sit on it without letting it bother you? Or are you the type that prefers to work quietly?
It is not hard to know how to stop leather chair from squeaking. You do not need to know to have repairing experience to pull a leather chair apart.
Also do not be stunned if the noise returns-this is normal. It just means you have to grease again.
Lastly, take good care of the leather of your chair-never forget to apply conditioner after 2-3 months as this is what will prevent the leather from making noise in the long run.
After all, leather is a material that shines so long as it is pampered and cared for.