No matter if you are working from home or in a cubicle, a desk job requires you to spend most of your time sitting in the chair. With the stretched routine sitting, minor occasional accidents are bound to happen while you eat, drink or even when you do the mundane office activities. You spill your coffee, soft drink or tea while framing an email or finding a file and drop crumbs of food you eat while answering a call, making your office chair incredibly dirty.
Just like you give your car to a service station so that it can work efficiently year after year, you need to maintain and clean your chair to ensure it keeps looking its best and to help extend its life. So, give a good look at your chair, if its messy upholstery makes you uncomfortable, then you need to clean it and if you are unable to move its wheels, it indicates they are clogged and need your attention.
In this blog, we will share with you the tips on how you can do the cleaning and maintenance all by yourself. Let’s get started!
Look for the upholstery tag
Most office chairs have care tags underneath them with all the cleaning instructions from the manufacturer. These tags are used to determine what works best for the type of chair you purchased with the safest and most effective way to clean them. All care tags have a cleaning code written on them.
If you see the code W, it means that the chair can be cleaned with water and water-based cleaning products. If the tag has A written on it, then you should use a water-free solvent. The W/S tag suggests that you can use both water-based and water-free products for cleaning. Last but not the least, tag X implies that the chair should be cleaned by vacuuming or brushing only. Read the tag carefully before you start the cleaning process.
Vacuum the dust particles and crumbs
There are a lot of particles available in the air which you cannot see and they still can make your seat dirty. To address that issue, use a vacuum with wand attachment twice a month. It will suction up all the nanoscopic particles without harming the fabric or the leather of your chair. You can run the wand across the armrest, backrest, seat and headrest for a thorough cleaning.
If you have a fabric chair and you witness any blemish or spot on it, then clean it with warm water, lint-free cloth and a water solvent cleaning product. First, you need to dampen the cloth with water, then put a little bit of cleaning product on it and blot the stained area until it comes off clean. Blotting pulls out all the stain-causing compounds off the fabric while scrubbing takes those compounds deeper into the fabric.
If you own a faux leather or leather chair, consider cleaning it with a conditioner to prevent it from drying out. All types of leather have a porous surface and a tendency to absorb moisture. If the moisture evaporates from the surface, then the leather starts to peel and crack open. You can preserve it by cleaning it with a leather conditioner like mink oil or saddle soap. It hydrates the leather and keeps it from dryness related damage.
And if you have a mesh chair, then you can either vacuum it or spot clean it with water and soap.
Lubricate the castors
If the castors are clogged with dirt, gunk and hair, they will obstruct your movement. Flip the chair upside down and pop the wheels off by pulling them. Use a butter knife to get rid of the debris, if you notice hair then you can cut them off with scissors and then scrape them out. Wipe the castors with a damp cloth and spray the lubricant on it before putting them back into their place. You should practice this once in six months.
Keep them away from direct sunlight
Make sure your chair is placed in a shaded area of the room to safeguard its fabric from the UV rays. Direct sunlight can dry out all the moisture off the leather chair and damage the material. It does not happen overnight, but if they are exposed to the sun for a prolonged period, then the quality of the fabric gets deteriorated and faded.
Replace gas cylinder
Does your office chair keep sinking when you sit down? If yes, then your chair needs a gas cylinder replacement. Gas cylinder provides a pneumatic lift when a user sits on it. It allows users to adjust the seat as per their height and provides better thigh support while maintaining a positive posture. Contact the chair supplier for a replacement, they will bring you the right size and type of cylinder.
Upgrade when necessary
Every office chair has a finite life ranging from 7 to 10 years. If your chair is degraded beyond repair then you must consider replacing them with a new one. Several components cannot be repaired like the synchro mechanism or internal technicalities. If it is not as comfortable as it was before or its ergonomics are not sound anymore, then you should replace it.
All things considered
A well-maintained office chair provides optimum comfort and support while protecting it from premature degradation. We hope these tips will be of help when you clean your office chairs. If the quality of your office chair has tarnished and you want an upgrade, please visit shop.hofindia.com and explore our exquisite collection of advanced ergonomic office chairs. SHOP NOW!