How To Clean Office Chairs

clean chairKeeping your office clean and tidy is important. It sends the right message to clients, helps keep employees happy and might even reduce the chance of illnesses spreading through your office. As such, it’s important to keep your office chairs as clean as possible, ensuring that they look great and are hygienic. Here are a few ways to make sure that your office chairs are as clean as possible.

Before we look at tips for different materials and designs, let’s look at a few basic rules. First, do make sure that if you check the chair for any cleaning instructions, usually displayed on a small tag attached to the chair. Have you noticed a stain? Clean it up quick to ensure it’s simple to remove and do check to make sure that you are using any cleaning chemicals the right way. Finally, always test a cleaning solution on an unseen part of the chair first. You never know what could cause a nasty spot to appear!

Now let’s look at some of the different office chairs you might be cleaning.

Cleaning Metal Chairs

These are simplest to clean. You just need a damp cloth to wipe them down. Use mild cleaning chemicals at your own discretion, potentially to add a nice fragrance to the chair. Just add a few drops of the cleaning solution you’re using to the damp cloth.

Cleaning Plastic Chairs

Again, you don’t need anything major here. Good old soap and water will do the trick. It’s best to avoid bleach or anything similar as this can damage the plastic. If you have noticed any stains, be sure to try some baking soda for a natural, environmentally friendly solution.

Cleaning Mesh Chairs

Use a dabbing motion with a damp cloth to clean up any stains or marks. These types of chairs provide great levels of ventilation, but those spaces mean crumbs can easily fall in. That’s why you want to make sure you are giving these chairs a good once-over with the vacuum. You can use soap and water to deal with marks after those crumbs have vanished.

Cleaning Leather And Faux Leather Chairs

Leather can be tricky to clean whether it’s real or not. You definitely want to be careful with office chairs made of this material. Ideally, you should buy some leather cleaner if it’s genuine leather. Once again, start with the vacuum on a low level to make sure it’s not damaged. The leather needs to be wiped down once each week. Have you noticed any stains or marks? Use a couple drops of liquid soap mixed in with a quarter gallon of water. This should do the trick.

For faux leather, you can be more aggressive, and bleach could be a possibility for tough stains. Though, do make sure you are checking that label before you start going to work.

Cleaning Fabric Chairs

For fabric, you just need to make sure you are getting the vacuum in all those cracks and crevices, sucking up any crumbs. Then, use a lint-free cloth that has been dipped in a bucket of water mixed with a few drops of mild soap to wipe the chair down.

Here’s a good YouTube video demonstrating how to clean a fabric office chair:

Cleaning Wood Chairs

Last but not least, if you have wood chairs, you can use a lint-free cloth to dust them down and wood polish to give the chair a nice shine. Make sure you only use low amounts of polish to avoid marks or blemishes.

We hope this helps you keep your office chairs looking stunning and feeling fabulous.