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How to Clean an Office Chair: The Ultimate Guide

How to Clean an Office Chair: The Ultimate Guide

At Order Office Furniture we supply a vast quantity of office furniture, which is why we’re here to let you in on exactly how to clean an office chair. We’ll cover all the common fabrics for office chairs, including mesh, fabric & leather. That way, you can give your office chair a freshen up without worrying about getting it wrong.

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How to Clean Mesh Office Chairs

Get to grips with how to clean mesh office chairs with our simple step-by-step instructions:

  1. Attach an upholstery cleaner attachment on your vacuum cleaner and use it to give the chair a thorough vacuum to get rid of any dust and debris.

  2. Clean the meshing gently with a sponge and warm soapy water. Select a mild detergent and use sparingly.

  3. Wipe the meshing down with clean water to ensure there is no residue left over.

  4. Leave the chair to air dry out of direct sunlight. 

How to Clean Leather Office Chairs

If you’re wondering how to clean a leather office chair, Order Office Furniture has you covered. Take care to follow the instructions below carefully to avoid any damage to your chair. Don’t start cleaning until you have everything you need as you’ll require a leather conditioner to prevent any cracking after washing:

  1. Don’t be tempted to vacuum the chair to get rid of dust - leather is a natural material and you don’t want to give it scratches and scrapes from the plastic nozzle of the vacuum cleaner. Instead, use a microfiber cloth with hot soapy water to tackle both dust and dirt at the same time.

  2. In the majority of cases that will take care of the cleaning. Still got a stubborn stain to try to lift? Here are a few things you can try:

  • Using a few drops of washing-up liquid 
  • Using specialist leather spot cleaner
  • Using hot water and cleaning alcohol 

Using one of these methods directly on the stain and giving it a gentle massage in and wipe off should help take care of stains on leather office chairs.

  1. Dry the chair off with a towel to avoid streaking or water marks when air drying.

  2. Finish off with a leather conditioning treatment to keep the leather soft, supple and sealed from moisture.

How to Clean PU Leather Office Chairs

If you’re cleaning a faux leather office chair you’ll still need to follow the majority of the same steps given for leather chairs. However, there are a few things you’ll need to do differently:

  • Don’t use a specialist leather cleaner, just stick to the hot soapy water. This is because the synthetic material will not absorb the conditioning agents in the leather cleaner and it will produce an oily buildup on the chair.

At Order Office Furniture we sell a range of real leather office chairs, including plush executive office chairs as well as incredible faux leather alternatives.

How to Clean Fabric Office Chairs

When considering how to clean a fabric office chair, remember to check the label to see what the chair is made from. Synthetic blends of polyester and nylon are the most common.

The first step is the same, regardless of what material the chair is made from:

  1. Use a vacuum cleaner all over the fabric to remove loose dirt and debris. Most vacuum cleaners will have a specific upholstery cleaning attachment for this purpose.

Once you have a clean base, it’s time to tackle any staining. 

  1. Check the underside of your chair to see whether it has upholstery cleaning instructions. These are usually in the form of the letters: W, S, S/W, or X. This will help you determine what kind of cleaner you can use on stains.

  2. Once you know what kind of cleaning agent you can use, remove any staining using either a water-based cleaning solution or a professional upholstery cleaner. Then wipe off with a clean damp cloth.

  3. Allow your fabric office chair to air dry.

Shop fabric office chairs to get your hands on something that completes your space while supporting your back throughout the work day.

How to Clean Office Chair Wheels

We suggest two key methods depending on how dirty the wheels of your office chairs are:

  1. If you suspect the wheels of your office chair only require a quick freshen-up, vacuum the wheels with a vacuum and a brush attachment. That way any dust will be removed, freeing up the wheels

  2. Wondering how to clean office chair wheels that need a deep clean? Simply tip the chair upside down and remove the wheels by loosening any screws. Then wash the plastic wheels in warm soapy water, leave to air dry then reassemble. 

Time for a New Office Chair? Explore the Range

Maybe this piece gave you the knowledge you needed on how to clean an office chair properly. Or perhaps it has made you realise that might just be time for a new one! If your office chair is past the point of repair, we have plenty of options to consider. 

Browse our entire collection of office chairs to find something that suits both you and your space. From ergonomic office chairs designed for ultimate back comfort to plush executive leather office chairs. Check out our guide to the best office chairs for back pain to get started.

Choose Order Office Furniture for Modern Office Chairs

For more information about any of our office chairs don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly customer service team. Call Order Office Furniture on 0800 055 6209 today.

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