In our office, we often clear out our desks, fix our documents and papers, and wipe the dusts on our monitors, but there is usually something we forget to clean—our office chairs. Like other areas and parts of your office, your chairs need as much attention. Don’t you just feel uncomfortable knowing your chair has stains on its seat, dusts on its arms and legs, and clumps of dirt on its wheels? Anyone would be bothered, for sure. But there are a lot of misconceptions in cleaning such furniture. Don’t worry; this article will debunk 6 myths of office chair cleaning to help enlighten you. In the end, this will help you clean and maintain your office chair.
6 Myths of Office Chair Cleaning
1. It’s difficult to clean your office chair
This is usually the mindset of every office staff when it comes to cleaning their chairs. Although it is true that the level of difficulty depends on the structure of the office chair, it’s not a task that will require a lot of your sweat and time. Perhaps the easiest part of it is the preventive maintenance. You just have to wipe off the dusts on the seat every now and then, brush the dusts off from the wheels, and of course use the chair carefully and accordingly—it’s not a stool that you can step on or something that you can use to start spinning around. You know how we can get playful (or just bored) even inside the workplace.
2. It’s High Maintenance
There are a lot of alternatives which you can use when cleaning your office chair and they won’t even cost you a penny. D-I-Y cleaning solvents are as effective as those branded ones. Then again, there are chairs with materials that are quite difficult to clean, and if you don’t use the right materials or solvents, it might cause further damage to it. To avoid future expense and frequent maintenance, make sure you buy high-quality chairs.
3. I might break the chair
Like most things, easy and steady handling does the job. Make sure you read your chair’s manual or instructions on how to disassemble the chair. If apprehensive, ask professional help. There are companies that specialize in the maintenance of office equipment, so do not hesitate to call them.
4. I would have to clean it often
You would have to do office chair cleaning regularly to keep it at good condition, but not often. A regular inspection on the cleanliness of the seat, wheels, arms and legs, as well checking if the wheels are still rolling smoothly and seats are not too sunken is good enough.
5. I don’t have the right materials
D-I-Y solvents can help you, as mentioned. But before the scrubbing, you can use a vacuum cleaner to suck the dusts from the chair. Then you can use your own homemade shampoos or dishwashing solvents. Deep clean the wheels, scrub or brush them along with the seats, arms and legs.
6. Dirty? Replace it.
Just because the chairs are dirty or unkempt, it doesn’t mean you will need to purchase a new one. It is expensive and impractical. As long as the chairs can be kept clean, there’s no need for you to spend on office chairs again. Only do so if your chairs are broken and badly need replacement.