How to Maintain Your Office Chair

yhst-10258600314819_2268_117035338Especially if you’ve invested in a quality ergonomic office chair to use as you work, maintaining that chair is an important step in extending its useful life. Depending on what materials they are made of, most common types of office chairs have straightforward cleaning and care guidelines to follow. Similarly, while they are not maintenance-free, getting the most out of your office chair is not difficult.

To properly maintain your office chair, here are some helpful tips to remember.

Chair Cleaning is Not a Daily Thing

Unless you’re the kind of person who fastidiously wipes down their computer screen and keyboard each day, you don’t need to worry about cleaning your chair too often. In general, doing a simple once-over every month or so should be fine. If you have a tendency to snack, eat lunch, or spill your coffee while sitting in your chair however, you may need to vacuum or spot treat more often.

Take Care of the Upholstery

Over time, office chairs of all types will gather dust and grime. Fabric upholstered chairs can be especially bad since the dust accumulates in-between the fibers. In fact, most people don’t realize how much is there until they smack it and a plume of dust emerges.

All that dust and grime can wear on the upholstery, so vacuuming it out once in a while is a good idea. Likewise, stains make your chair look dirty and unprofessional. Always blot up and treat spills as quickly as possible when they happen.

Chair Arms and Legs

When it comes to chair maintenance, the old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” rings true. Any type of chair left to build up dust and grime for too long can be difficult to clean later. Whether wood, metal, or plastic, chair arms and legs usually just need an occasional wipe down with a damp cloth to keep looking good.

Two exceptions to keep in mind are that wood chairs may benefit from termite treatment while leather chairs need a leather cream rub or conditioning every 6 months or so.

Keep Joints and Castors Rolling

Squeaky or difficult to move, there’s nothing quite like grime, hair, or dirt clogging up the castors or hiding in the adjustable parts of your chair.

To clear out the joints, utilizing a can of compressed air is the easiest method. Keep your castors working smoothly by turning your chair upside down and removing all of the gunk you can by hand and using vacuum attachments. Those with tricky double-wheel castors might want to send some compressed air into the workings as well.

If needed, squirt the clean moving parts of your chair with a spray lubricant like WD40.

Screws, Fixings, and Tension

Many office chairs have loose fixings or missing screws that should be tightened or replaced. While they might not seem like a big deal, those pieces play an important role in supporting your weight and holding the chair together.

For mesh chairs, the tension likewise needs periodic adjustment. Since mesh material gets stretched out over time, this helps to keep the chair supportive.

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