How to Clean Fabric, Leather and Mesh Office ChairsCraig Simpson
Most office workers spend their working week at the same desk and chair. Many of us regularly tidy and clean our desks, the same can be said for our office chairs. Eating and drinking every day at their desks accidents and spillages are bound to ocour.
How do you keep your office chair free from odour and stains? Office chairs come in a variety of styles and materials, each of which need to be treated differently to avoid causing damage or worsening blemishes. The following guide privdes step – by – step instructions to help you clean your office chair as effectively as possible.
How to clean Leather Office Chairs –
Leather is one of the most common types of office chair. Leather is often chosen for furniture as it is very hard – wearing, however, it does still require some up keep to esnure it looks and feels its best over the years.
As with fabric office chairs, when cleaning a leather office chair, you should first vacuum the surface to remove any dust or dirt. To avoid scratching the surface of the leather, use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment and low suction.
2. Wipe the chair
With a leather office chair, it is best to wipe the surface regularly to stop excessive dirt building up. This can be done on a weekly basis with a clean cloth dampened with warm water. For a deeper clean, you can use soapy water or a specialist leather cleaner. Always gently wipe the surface rather than scrubbing, so you don’t damage the grain of the leather.
Leave the leather to fully dry, then gently buff the surface with a dry cloth for a polished finish.
3. Protect and condition
Regularly applying leather protector or conditioner ensures your leather remains soft, supple, and doesn’t crack or damage over time. You can use protective sprays or conditioning liquids – just be sure to check any specific cleaning instructions or limitations for your chair before selecting a product.
4. Wipe the arms and legs
Again, once you’ve cleaned the surface of the chair, use a soapy, damp cloth to wipe over the armrests, legs, and underneath of the chair.
How to Clean Fabric Office Chairs
Fabric is the most used and affordable material for upholstering office chairs, but can attract significant amounts of dust, dirt and grime over the years. This is highlighted by the bright colours used to cover office chairs and requires an intensive process to effectively clean.
Before you proceed with any wet cleaning products, make sure your chair has been thoroughly dusted and vacuumed. This will remove any dry dirt or debris that may be sitting on the surface of the chair, allowing a more thorough clean once you move onto the next step.
2. Check the label
Before you go in with cleaning product, always check to see if there are any labels present on your chair. These can indicate whether your chair can be treated with a water-based solution (“W”), or a dry-cleaning solvent (“S”). Once you’ve checked which products are suitable, we’d recommend spot-checking the solution on a small, inconspicuous part of the chair, to ensure it doesn’t cause any damage.
3. Clean the fabric
If your chair can be cleaned with a water-based solution, a clean, damp cloth, with warm water and liquid soap is a simple yet effective option. If you’re tackling a specific stain, always make sure you’re using a dabbing motion rather than scrubbing, as this could force the dirt further into the fabric.
If you’re cleaning your chair with a water-free solvent or dry-cleaning product, make sure you’re doing so in an open, well-ventilated room. Use a dry, clean cloth and again, blot any stains in order to remove them.
Whether you’ve used a water-based or solvent-based solution to clean, you should always leave the chair to completely air dry before moving onto the next step.
5. Re – Vaccum
Once you’ve cleaned the fabric, vacuum one final time to ensure the chair is free from any dirt or dust that may have been lifted by your cleaning product.
6. Wipe the arms and legs
Finally, dampen a cloth with warm, soapy water or an all-purpose cleaning product, and wipe over the non-fabric components including the legs, armrests, and underneath of your chair.
How to Clean Mesh Office Chairs
Mesh has many benefits that make it a great choice for an office chair – it not only goes with a lot of office décor but is durable and comfortable, with the mesh back allowing pressure and weight to be evenly distributed. However, dirt, crumbs and other debris can quickly settle within the mesh, meaning regular cleaning is vital.
Vacuuming is one of the most important steps when it comes to cleaning mesh chairs. Use a brush attachment to remove any surface dirt, as well as any deeper dirt that may have settled within the mesh or crevices.
2. Clean with soapy water
Use a cloth and warm soapy water to wipe the mesh of your chair. You can also wipe down the armrests, legs and underside of the chair at this point.
3. Use a cotton swab
A mesh chair contains multiple crevices or cracks that mean dirt can be missed if you only wipe the surfaces. To tackle any deeper dirt, use a cotton swab to clean less accessible parts of the chair.
You can either leave your mesh office chair to air dry or wipe it down yourself with dry paper towels or a dry cloth.
How to Clean Office Chair Wheels
Most modern office chairs come with rolling wheels, allowing you manoeuvre around your desk space quickly and easily. However, this means they can become clogged with dirt, crumbs, hair and other debris, which can affect the usability of your chair.
There is a simple method for cleaning office chair wheels and returning your office chair to its best – just work through the following steps:
1.Place your chair upside down
First, turn your chair upside down so the wheels are facing upwards. This will make it much easier for you to access them for cleaning.
2 Remove debris
Any larger bits of dirt or debris can be removed from office chair wheels using a blunt butter knife to slide through the slots of the wheels. Be gentle here, and make sure your chair is securely placed on the floor rather than balanced, to ensure you don’t slip and hurt yourself. For smaller pieces of debris caught in the wheels, or for removing hair, you can use a pair of tweezers.
3. Remove the wheels
Most office chairs have wheels that can be removed easily, however some designs require a screwdriver to be used. Unscrew the wheels from the chair before moving onto the next step.
4. Thoroughly clean the wheels
Use a damp, soapy cloth to thoroughly wipe down the wheels – this includes the surface of the wheels and inside the wheel cover. If there are cracks or crevices you are struggling to clean, use a cotton swab.
5. Dry and reattach the wheels
Either leave the wheels to air dry or wipe over them with a dry cloth or paper towel, taking additional care to remove any moisture from the inner parts of the wheel. Once they are dry, your wheels can be reattached to the chair.
Regular cleaning of your fabric, leather or mesh office chair will ensure it always remains in its best working order. This not only means your office furniture will last for much longer before needing to be replaced, but helps to promote a clean, tidy, comfortable and more productive working environment.