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Whether you are working in an office or from home, chances are you will be spending most of the time every day sitting in your chair and working on a computer. Occasional incidents with drinks, ink or foods are sure to occur. Imagine this, you are walking towards your desk with a cup of soft drink. You trip and then spill it over your chair. Oh dear, now you need to clean up your chair. While you’re at it you might as well clean the whole chair including its wheels, upholstery and surface.

In this post, we’ll show you how to COMPLETELY clean your office chair to ensure it will always look good and functioning well.

1. Remove Stains and Spills

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Firstly, use a towel to pick up as much loose debris as possible. You should do this several times to remove the solids completely. If you are cleaning a unit with fabric upholstery, don’t rub while cleaning to avoid forcing these elements into the fabric, making it more difficult to remove.

As soon as you see a spill, you should act quickly to prevent it from staining. Use a wet cloth to blot liquids and sponge up as much as possible. Make sure to read the care tag on the chair for specific cleaning instructions:

  • S means you should only clean with a solvent-based solution
  • W means you should only clean a water-based solvent
  • SW means you can use either type to clean your chair

Another effective way to remove stains is to use rubbing alcohol. First, dampen the cotton ball with alcohol and test on a small area of the chair. If it does not cause any damage, you can rub the stains with the cotton ball.

2. Freshen Up the Upholstery

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Start by vacuuming up dust and dirt in the upholstery attachment. Make sure to pass your vacuum over the arms, back and seat of the chair. After that, create a solution of water and liquid soap and use a biodegradable, natural dish detergent as soap. Dip the cloth in the cleaning solution and wipe along the upholstery. We suggest you use a lint-free cloth. It is better to dampen the rag instead of soaking it. You should avoid scrubbing or rubbing as it would scratch any leather or fray mesh.

Once completed, use a dry cloth to wipe your chair’s upholstery. Put your chair in a well-ventilated place to allow it to dry faster.

3. Clean the Legs, Arms, and Wheels

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First, turn your chair upside down to remove all the wheels with the help of a screwdriver. Use a small butter knife to get rid of all large debris like gunk, dust build-ups or dried food. This will allow your chair to move around without trouble.

Next, use a dry cloth to wipe the wheels and remove dust or dirt. If these areas are too dirty, it is a good idea to use a wet cloth that has been soaked with soap. Dry the wheels with paper towels and place them back as you found them.

Final thoughts

Try developing little habits that could help you maintain your office chair for the long term. Things such as avoiding food in the office space or regularly wiping down the chair could save you the trouble from having to do a major office chair cleaning task.

If you’re constantly noticing an unclean office kitchen, unclean office tables and chairs or unclean anything in the office, then it’s time to call Evolve Cleaning. We provide professional commercial cleaning services to suit all your office cleaning services. Contact us on 02 8313 7035 for a free quote and ask about our 100 point inspection today!

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Jennifer Price

Jennifer Price

Jennifer Price is the Client Happiness Manager at Evolve Cleaning. She dedicates herself to managing healthy business relationships while prioritising her client's commercial cleaning interests are met with each and every clean. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she lives and breathes cleanliness, hygiene, sustainability and has a huge love for dogs.