Your office chair sees a lot of wear and tear. Upholstered chairs can show dirt, grime and worst of all, stains. Whether it's a coffee stain on the seat or dirty upholstered arms, ServiceMaster Clean janitorial service experts know how to clean an office chair.
The upholstery material plays a deciding factor in how to clean office chairs. Chair coverings vary greatly and include mesh, vinyl, leather, knit or woven fabrics. Most mesh chairs can be cleaned with non-bleach disinfecting wipes or a mild soap and water solution. Vinyl coverings vary in texture and type, some may be cleaned with a non-bleach disinfectant wipe, while others need more care. Leather, knits and woven upholstery fabrics should be cleaned according to the manufacturer's care instructions.
Fabric Care Codes
All fabric covered office chairs, including leather, come with a care tag. This tag lists the specific care and cleaning instructions according to the manufacturer. Fabric care codes or office chair cleaning codes include:
- W = clean with a water-based solution
- S = clean with a solvent-based solution
- S/W or SW = clean with either a solvent or water-based solution
How to Clean Office Chair Fabrics
A clean office chair makes the room feel fresher and helps reduce the presence of allergens and germs in your work space. Vacuuming the chair is the best way to begin. A thorough vacuuming of the chair's fabric removes loose dirt, dust and other particulates that accumulate during daily use. When vacuuming, be sure to use the crevice tool to get into all the folds and tight spaces where crumbs and dirt can hide.
Caution: Before spot removing or applying any cleaning solution, test an inconspicuous area with the cleaner first. Test for color fastness/fading and any other potential damage to the fabric. If the chair is really soiled or needs a major refresh, consider cleaning the entire chair. Choose a water-based or solvent-based cleaning solution based on the chair's care tag instructions. If it's water-based safe, you may opt for a simple cleaning solution of 1 gallon warm water mixed with 1/4 cup mild (bleach-free) laundry detergent. You can apply it with a clean cloth or place the solution in a spray bottle and spray it on lightly, cleaning with a cloth.
Spot Cleaning Office Chairs
To remove stains such as coffee, treat the stain directly with a water-based or solvent-based stain remover depending on the fabric instructions. As soon as the stain happens, blot the liquid as much as possible and remove any solids. For water-base care, try a commercial fabric stain remover used for laundry. Another option is a 1:1 solution of hydrogen peroxide to water applied directly to the stain. Because hydrogen peroxide can lighten fabric dyes, don't use it on darker fabrics. For deep cleaning your home or business office chairs, ServiceMaster Clean office cleaning services can step in and help. We have more than 50 years cleaning experience plus the right products and equipment to handle the dirtiest and toughest stains your office chairs and furniture may hold. We'll take care of the dirty work so you can focus on business.