Care & Maintenance

Eames Lounge Chair Care (Image 1)
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Stains, spills, dust and wear and tear. When you invest in a piece of furniture like the Eames Lounge Chair, keeping it in good shape should be a priority. The materials manufacturers use, especially the original Eames chair producers and very high reproduction companies, require some care to make sure that it will last for years to come.

It’s important to do regular upkeep on your Eames Lounge Chair. I’ll go over the ways you can clean your piece. It’s important to note that different areas of the chair have different cleaning instructions according to the licensed manufacturer. More in-depth cleaning should be done once a month, twice a year and as necessary as well.

Eames Lounge Chair Care (Image 6)
Source: WonderHowTo, “How To Disassemble the Eames Lounge Chair”

Normal Cleaning
To best preserve your Eames chair, it’s recommended that you dust regularly with a soft, damp cloth in the direction of the wood grain. Any accidents like stains or spills should be wiped up as soon as it happens. For oiled wood, gently brush wood with a fine Scotchbrite pad along the wood grain to remove fingerprints and dirt. Don’t use wax-based products, aerosol-powered cleaners, polishes, waxes, abrasives or oily polishes.

Eames Lounge Chair Care (Image 3)
Source: The Modern Source, “Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman”

Oiled Finish Maintenance
Oil should be applied when the wood looks dry. Rub the wood with No. 000 steel wool along the grain, then repair any small damage with no. 360 grit sandpaper along the grain, being careful not to sand through the veneer. Apply a little gunstock oil to a clean, soft, cotton cloth and then wipe small areas along the wood grain using a circular motion all over the veneer. Remove excess oil with a soft, dry cloth until the chair is dry. When you are finished, leave the oil to dry for 24 hours before using the chair.

Be careful to only apply the oil to the veneer and wipe up any that comes in contact with leather, plastic or metal.

Eames Lounge Chair Care (Image 4)
Source: The Modern Source, “Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman”

Stains, Minor Repairs, Other Damages
The licensed dealer gives some helpful hints about what you can do to fix your Eames chair if there is an accident.

Preventative measures should be taken, such as using coasters and felt or rubber pads under areas that need extra protection.

If there are water rings, stains and scratches, you may be able to get rid of them by rubbing them in the direction of the wood using No. 000 steel wood. After, apply a scratch-removing polish with a similar color and value to the veneer. With deep scratches, it’s best to speak to a refinishing specialist.

To stop fading, avoid putting your Eames chair in the direct sun. Extreme humidity can also cause damage, as can too much pressure applied to the veneer, which can cause denting.

Eames Lounge Chair Care (Image 7)
Source: Modern Conscience, “Rare Finds”

Polished Aluminium
Use a pre-softened paste wax according to the instructions. If you live in a humid area near salt water, apply wax once a month. Otherwise, you can apply wax every three months.

Coated Metal
Wash with a soft cloth with detergent and warm water, then rinse and dry. Remove scuffs with pre-softened paste wax according to the instructions.

Clean with a soft cloth with mild detergent and warm water, then rinse and dry. Don’t use solvents or abrasive kitchen cleaners.

Source: ehowathomechannel, “How to Care for Aniline Leather: Leather Care”

Vacuum or dust often with a clean, dry cloth. If it’s dirty, it can be wiped with a damp cloth lathered with any mild soap and lukewarm water. Clean the entire surface instead of spot cleaning. After, wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry with a clean, soft cloth.

If you spill on it or if there are spots, wipe excess liquid off with a clean cloth or sponge and let the leather air dry. If it’s still visible, sponge the entire surface with clean, lukewarm water and let the leather dry. Never use a heat source to dry it, such as a hair dryer.

If it’s still dirty, use a mild, nonabrasive soap solution with a clean, wet sponge. Rinse well and air dry. For butter, oil and grease, wipe the leather with a clean, dry cloth and let the remainder of the oil dissipate into the leather. Don’t use water or try to wash a grease spot.

Don’t use saddle soap, cleaning solvents, oils, furniture polishes, varnishes, abrasive cleaners, detergents or ammonia on leather.

Eames Lounge Chair Care (Image 5)
Source: str8mcm, “Eames 670/671 Lounge Chair for Herman Miller”

**All information taken from Herman Miller. Please consult your Eames Lounge Chair manufacturer to make sure that these instructions are right for you.
More Resources:
Herman Miller, “Care & Maintenance” Tab 

Regency Shop, “10 Tips”

eHow, “How To Care For An Original Eames Leather Lounge Chair”

SlideShare, “Proper Care and Maintenance for Eames Chair” 

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