It's strange how most of us don't really pay attention to our office chairs, and objects that we use on the daily. With the wear and tear of everyday use, office chairs tend to gather dirt and dust, becoming the perfect breeding ground for germs. Not to mention the inevitable coffee spills or the crumbs that gather on the seat when you eat at your desk. We often don't notice the damage until our office chairs are worn out or close to breaking. Ask yourself, when was the last time you gave your office chair a good, hard clean?
By cleaning out your chair, not only will you feel better sitting in it, but you might prevent yourself from getting sick, too! But before you go searching for "how to clean office chair" on the internet, here's our comprehensive guide on office chair cleaning:
A few rules before we get started!
Regardless of what type of office furniture you have, or the type of cleaning method you'll be using, if you spot a stain on your chair you'll want to make sure that you clean it up immediately. If you wait too long to remove a stain on your office chair, the stain could become permanent. The general rule is that, the longer a stain has to set in, the harder it will be to remove.
Also, before you proceed with any of the following cleaning methods, make sure to spot test a small area of the chair before cleaning the entire seat. And if you're using abrasive products, always default to the instructions on the box or label.
Your furniture may have tags that will have cleaning instructions on them. Usually, these are labeled with a lettered cleaning code, making it useful for you to surmise which cleaning method to use. A brief overview of the possible tags that could be on your office chair:
Water-based cleaning is usually reserved for 100% polyester furniture with acrylic or latex backing. If your office chair falls under this label, then here's what you'll need to do to clean it:
Some office chairs will require that you use a water-free solvent or a dry cleaning solvent for cleaning out the chair. You can purchase these cleaners at furniture stores, hardware stores, or online. Make sure that the one you purchase does not have tetrachloride listed in the ingredients, as this is toxic. Do NOT use a water-based product on these types of furniture, as they may fade the upholstery or leave spots. To clean the chair, follow these steps:
If your office chair has "SW/WS" on the tag, then good for you! Your cleaning method options have just doubled. Usually used on furniture made from 100% recycled polyester or on polyester mixes, this tag means that you can use either of the methods we've just listed above.
Make sure to follow the instructions on whatever water-free solvent you decide to use, and to vacuum the chair thoroughly before proceeding with your chosen cleaning method. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also sprinkle baking soda onto your chair before vacuuming, to let the powder soak up any foul odours embedded in your chair.
Crypton fabric is special as it offers permanent protection from stains, moisture, bacteria, and a host of other office-chair horrors. Because of its hardiness, Crypton fabric needs a different cleaning process compared to other types of upholstery.
For this type of fabric, you'll need to remove stains using a powdered enzyme detergent and water. Other options are water-based cleaning products, germicidal detergents, commercial Crypton upholstery cleaners, and foam shampoo in a pinch. You'll want to avoid solvent-based cleaners or dry-cleaning products, though. Once again, before cleaning, remove any loose dirt and debris—this time with a clean towel rather than a vacuum cleaner. If you're only dealing with mild dirt and stains, you can follow this process:
Vinyl is a cost-effective option for office chairs, as the look and texture is comparable to leather—but with less maintenance required. Vinyl is especially great as they're typically resistant to common stains. However, they're particularly susceptible to dyes and ink stains. If your office chair is made from vinyl, you'll want to start by removing any excess dirt and moisture with a clean, damp cloth. Then, follow these steps:
Healthcare grade vinyl is made of sturdier stuff, and is resistant to not just common stains, but also to sulfide, urine, and most bacteria. It's also extremely easy to clean. Similar to standard vinyl, you'll want to start by removing any excess moisture and debris by wiping down your chair with a damp cloth. If the vinyl doesn't have a PERMABLOK3® finish, then follow these steps:
If the vinyl chair you're using has a PERMABLOK3® finish, that means it has a extra protective coating that protects the chair from germs, stains, and abrasions. Depending on the type of stain, do the following:
Leather office chairs are fairly common, being the arguably the most comfortable chair as well as the classiest and most professional-looking. If you decided to invest in such a high-quality chair, then rest assured we're certain that you want it to stay that way. Check the tag on your chair to see what the cleaning instructions are and then go from there. You can also keep it in tip-top shape by following these steps:
Mesh is great for the ventilation benefits they offer. The back of a mesh chair allows airflow onto your back, helping you stay cool while sitting at your desk. With the additional airflow, you also sweat less in your chair, cutting down on the need to clean it. Don't be fooled though–mesh office chairs still need to be cleaned! To do this, follow these steps:
Office chair cleaning can be a troublesome process. To keep your office chair, and of course, your other furniture in tip-top shape, you'll have to clean them frequently. You'll also have to tackle any spills or spots of dirt as soon as you notice them, referring to this guide as needed.
If you find that cleaning is taking up too much time, or if you're cleaning the same things over and over again, then perhaps you should hire a professional cleaning service to not only save your time, but save you money in the long run.
Hiring a professional cleaning company such as Luce Maintenance Group will ensure that your office furniture is cleaned to perfection. Our highly-trained cleaning staff can completely clean your office—including your office chairs!—at an affordable price. Keep your furniture looking brand new for longer and call us today!