Did you also acquire an office chair during the pandemic? how to clean an office chair? If you haven’t cleaned it, now is the time to start.
Indeed, to better preserve it, it is advisable to clean it correctly and regularly, not to mention the small daily accidents that can occur at any time.
It is where the big question comes in: yes, but how do I clean my office chair?
Are there particular methods to apply, recommended products, or on the contrary, products that should never be used?
We’ll tell you everything!
The standard cleaning method
The best time to clean an office chair is at the end of the day.
Indeed, cleaning involves drying, and no one wants to spend a day sitting on a damp chair at work!
Here are some steps found in the cleaning process of most office chairs.
1. Dust off
Before rushing to clean up, the good reflex is to dust!
Indeed, in the event of a dusty chair (even if it is not necessarily visible to the naked eye, especially with certain colors), the stains are likely to become embedded.
The best thing is to give it a little vacuuming.
Ideally, use the upholstery brush – most vacuum cleaners have this attachment.
Also, take the opportunity to go into the corners of the chair.
On some chairs, some of these corners are inaccessible for the vacuum cleaner brush; in this case, you can use a standard duster or a duster with dusting wipes of the Swiffer type, for example.
Once the chair is dusted, you can move on to cleaning… “properly”!
A quick note before you start: whatever the material of your chair, a golden rule must be respected: do not rub hard!
You will have to clean very gently; otherwise, you risk damaging your chair’s upholstery.
On the other hand, you must avoid the liquids you use during cleaning coming into contact with the other parts of the chair.
The right method is then to isolate the parts that are not to be cleaned with an improvised tarpaulin and fixed with an adhesive that is easily removed, such as paint tape (the use of plastic film can also be effective, but not very ecological!).
It’s not always obvious, especially with some ergonomic chairs that feature a design with many nooks but do the best you can.
No need to take out the screwdriver to disassemble everything!
If these parts are still in contact with a product or water, you must dry them immediately and carefully, so they do not suffer “collateral damage”!
After cleaning, leave the chair to dry, if possible, in the open air.
Then, once it is dry, do not hesitate to vacuum again with the brush, to remove the remaining dirt particles.
Below, we indicate the most common specific cleaning methods for the materials treated.
However, it is essential to consult the manufacturer’s manual or the care label supplied with your chair before you start to check whether certain detergents are prohibited for cleaning and could damage the coating.
Apply the correct cleaning technique according to the type of chair
1. Clean plastic parts and plastic chairs
When you clean your chair, take the opportunity to take care of the plastic parts that can get dirty easily, such as the armrests, the footrest, or the nooks, which can also be very dirty.
To perform this cleaning, use hot water with a small amount of dish soap.
For all-plastic office chairs, follow the same method.
These chairs are generally not the most comfortable, but they have the advantage of being very easy to clean.
Note that plastic is one of the only materials that allows you to rub a little on the most stubborn stains, given the material’s resistance.
2. Clean a fabric office chair
On some chairs, the covers (backrest and seat) are removable, which allows you to wash them separately, sometimes in the washing machine.
It couldn’t be more convenient!
However, this is not always the case.
In addition, a chair with little maintenance or a lower quality fabric may get dirty more and more quickly over time.
Do not panic!
Depending on the type of chair, several cleaning solutions exist, including stain removers designed for this task.
To use these, you must spray the product evenly on the chair and then insist on the most important dirt.
Then, let the product act for a few minutes (depending on the severity of the stains and the product, this can range from a few minutes to half an hour, or even 1 hour in some cases).
If you don’t have a product, create a mixture of warm water with a small amount of dish soap and dab the stain with a cloth soaked in this improvised cleaning product.
In either case, rinse with another damp cloth after the product has had time to work.
You will then have to wipe with a damp cloth, if possible, an absorbent cloth (not too wet!) to remove the stain remover.
Please note that some padding does not withstand liquids, so you will need to use a dry cleaner, which should generally be used directly on a dry cloth and not sprayed on the material itself.
3. Clean a mesh office chair
The process is similar to that used for a fabric chair.
The difference is that the water or the product can easily pass between the meshes, so we will be satisfied with cleaning with a cloth, with the water + dishwashing mixture, taking care not to put too much water.
4. Clean a leather office chair
Do you have a leather office chair?
Know that leather is different from fabric.
First of all, as leather is a material that requires regular maintenance with dedicated products, opt for a conditioner in particular that allows it not to dry out and preserves a good lifespan.
Indeed, if this maintenance is not carried out, the leather may crack over time.
But the advantage is that if this maintenance is carried out correctly, your leather armchair will resist stains.
If some should still occur, the ideal is to use a foam-type cleaning product.
Place this product on a clean, dry cloth, add warm water, and then clean the chair.
Be careful; leather generally does not like chemicals, so check that the product used is compatible with this material.
5. Clean a faux leather office chair
The coverings of office chairs can sometimes be made of imitation leather.
The material used, artificial, is generally less resistant than leather, even if we now find certified vegan models that benefit from a high-quality coating.
Because faux leather can be fragile, many chemicals are not recommended for cleaning.
In addition, leatherette is generally sensitive to friction and humidity, so take great care when cleaning.
As much as possible, we prefer to proceed with simply a soft cloth.
We will opt for the water/dishwashing liquid mixture for stubborn stains and rinse with a soft cloth.
What to do in case of an accident
Regular maintenance is good, but what to do in the event of an accident, with a liquid, for example (who has never spilled coffee on his office chair?
- In this case, intervene without delay.
- Apply a clean, dry cloth (or paper towel) first to absorb most of the stain.
- Then, apply our cleaning instructions described above!
To go further (or “prevention is better than cure”)
Your chair is messy, and you are tired of cleaning it often?
Be aware that there are products on the market that are not cleaning but protective: they can thus offer good waterproofing and better protection against future stains.
There are products of this type for each coating.
After a successful cleaning, don’t hesitate to apply this product so that your cleaning chore will be simplified in the future.