Whether you are working from home or at the office, you have to spend most of the time in the office chair. So having a clean workspace is important for your health and your mind. We all have a clean desk and a clean laptop or desktop, but we don’t bother about the chair to keep it clean. But it is high time to pay attention to the chair you use. Because a clean chair will give you long support in your work and for your good posture.
The chair gets dirty for the dust and the stains from the food or coffee you take. Before going to how to clean the office chair, you have to know the material of the chair and the process of cleaning. This chair cleaning guide will ensure you have a clean and functioning chair.
Know the material of your chair
Before cleaning the chair, you have to check the material of your chair. Check the tags where you will find the cleaning instructions. It is because different materials require different cleaning processes. In the tag, you will find different cleaning codes. Each of the code has a different meaning.
X: this code means you will need a professional cleaner to clean this chair. You can clean the chair by brushing and scrubbing.
S: this code means you have to clean the chair with a water-free solution.
W: this code means you can clean the chair with water and water solution.
WS: This code means you can use a water solution or dry cleaning solution to clean the chair.
C: it means Crypton cleaning. Crypton cleans means removing stains with plain water and detergent powder.
In some chairs, you will not get a tag, then look at the manual to get the information.
How to clean different office chair
Now you will know about the cleaning process of the chairs you have. Remember, this cleaning will make your chair long-lasting. The cleaning steps are:
Step 1: clean it with a vacuum
No matter what is the material of your chair, clean it with a vacuum. It is required because when you have your food by sitting on the chair; you left some food particles on it unknowingly. To get rid of this residue, you can use the handheld vacuum.
Step 2 – Cleaning fabric office chair
At first, use a vacuum to get rid of the dust from the surface. Because the dirt will spread while cleaning. The vacuum will loosen the dirt.
If there are stains on the couch, then use baby wipes to wipe out the stains. The mild moisture is not harmful to the material.
Check the tag that indicates the cleaning code. Every chair has this code.
If the fabric allows water solution to use, then make a warm water solution with mild dishwasher soap. Apply the solution on the fabric and scrub gently with a soft, prickled brush. Don’t soak the chair as it may discolor the fabric.
After finishing scrubbing, wipe the water with a damp towel and let the chair dry. Don’t use a hair blower to dry it fast. Keep it under a fan and open the windows of the room. It will dry out naturally.
If the fabric allows only a dry cleaning solution, then apply it with a clean towel. Wipe the fabric and brush the dirty spot area with the solution. After wiping and brushing, use the dry blower in medium heat on the fabric. Use the dryer in 10 cm distance until the solution dries up, or else it will leave ring stain on the fabric.
If your chair fabric has an “X” code, then you can use only a vacuum cleaner or a soft bristle brush to clean the fabric. Don’t use water or any kind of cleaning solution on the fabric.
Step 3 – Cleaning leather office chair
Before cleaning your leather chair, vacuum the surface to remove any kind of debris and dust. Make sure to vacuum thoroughly to remove every dirt as possible as you can.
The leather tends to get grease stain. When you get this type of stain, then use baking powder on it and leave the stain for some hours. Then brush the powder away, and the stain will go away.
To remove the ink stains, you can use mild liquid detergent or alcohol or cuticle on the leather. While using these solutions, don’t rub the surface. Wait after applying and dap the spot with a clean white cloth.
To clean the leather chair, you have to make a water soap solution. Use mild soap, not detergent. You can use vinegar instead of soap. Use a clean towel to wipe the surface. Don’t soak the surface too much, or else it will ruin the leather.
After wiping the leather, use a dry towel to wipe the remaining vinegar or soap. Make sure the leather stays dry.
After cleaning the leather, you can use a leather conditioner to keep the leather soft and long-lasting.
Step 4 – Cleaning wooden office chair
Before cleaning the wooden chair, use a duster or a microfiber cloth to remove the dust from the chair. If the wood is finished, then you can use water spray, and if the wood is unfinished, then vacuum.
Use a wood cleaner that comes with natural ingredients. Take a cloth and spray the cleaning solution, then apply it on the chair. Leave it for 10 minutes and wipe the solution with a damp towel. You can make the cleaning solution with ½ cup vinegar and ½ liter water.
For an unfinished wooden chair, make water mixed with olive oil, vinegar, baking soda, and dish detergent. Take a scrubbing sponge and dump it in the mixture. Then wipe the chair with the sponge. After wiping dry the char with a clean towel.
If the chair has permanent stains, then use baking soda and toothpaste to remove it. Use the normal toothpaste, not the gel one.
After cleaning the chair, let the chair dry for 24 hours. If it is still wet, then let it dry for more hours.
After the chair gets dry out, apply wood wax to polish the wooden chair.
Step 5 – Cleaning mesh office chairs
Before cleaning the mesh chair, vacuum in every part of the chair to remove the crumbs from the inside as it collects all the dust and crumbs inside.
If you spot any stains, then make a water soap solution. Take warm water and mild soap to make this solution. Use a clean towel to remove the stain with the solution.
After cleaning the chair, let the chair dry out properly.
Step 6 – Cleaning vinyl office chairs
Remove the spills and stains with a damp towel. Then with a soft brush, clean the surface with water and mild liquid soap mixture.
After cleaning, if you spot a stain, then use the cleanser solution. Then use clean water and towel to wipe the area. You can use a bleach solution to clean the chair.
After cleaning and wiping done, let the chair dry in an open atmosphere.
Step 7 – Cleaning plastic chairs
The plastic chairs are the easiest ones to clean. All you need is warm water and dishwashing soap to make the cleaning solution. Take a clean cloth then apply the solution with the towel. After cleaning the chair, wipe the chair with a damp cloth and let it dry.
Step 8 – Cleaning the legs, arms, and wheels of the chair
To clean the wheels, you have to remove them from the leg. Some wheels come out by pulling, and some may need a screwdriver to remove. Use a butter knife to scrape out the debris, junk, or anything that is stuck in the wheel. Damp a cloth with dishwasher soap and wipe the wheel. Then use a paper cloth to dry the wheels. After drying out the wheels, put back the wheel again.
To clean the arms and legs of the wheels, wipe them with a damp cloth. If it is required, then you may use water and dishwasher soap and wipe. After cleaning with the solution, wipe the legs and arms with a dry cloth.
After going through this how to clean the office chair guide, the cleaning process will get easier for you. If possible, do the chair cleaning every six months, because the cleaning will get easy as there will be less dust and stains to remove. If you have less time to clean chairs, then hire a professional one to clean it. This cleaning routine will make your chair long-lasting and keep you safe from investing on the other chair frequently. A good office chair will let you work gracefully and comfortably.