How To Clean An Office Chair

Does your office chair look dirty and not nice? Don’t worry! Our guide will show you how to clean an office chair easily. Say bye-bye to dirt and hello to a clean and friendly workspace that helps you work better and look more professional!

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First, look at the cleaning code to use the right cleaner. Below is the detailed step-by-step instruction for each type of chair.

Step 1: Preparation

  • Prepare a bucket with warm water.
  • Put a couple of drops of gentle liquid soap into the water.
  • Grab a clean microfiber fabric or soft-bristled brush.

Step 2: Spot Test

  • Choose an inconspicuous area to perform a spot test.
  • Dampen a small part of the surface or brush with soapy water.
  • Gently rub the spot test area to ensure the cleaning solution doesn’t cause any damage or discoloration.

Step 3: Dusting and Vacuuming

  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush to suck away loose dirt, dust, and debris from the fabric sitting apparatus.
  • Pay attention to crevices and seams where dirt may accumulate.

Step 4: Cleaning the Stains

  • Dip the microfiber fabric or soft-bristled brush into the soapy water.
  • Gently blot or rub the stained areas.
  • Avoid excessive scrubbing to prevent damaging the fabric.

Step 5: Wipe Down

  • Dampen a clean fabric with plain water to remove any soap residue from the material.
  • Wipe down the entire chair to ensure a thorough cleaning.

Step 6: Drying

  • Use a dry microfiber towel to absorb excess moisture from the fabric.
  • Allow your furniture to air dry completely before using it again.
  • Consider using a fabric protector spray after cleaning to repel future stains and spills.

Step 7: Lubricating Wheels

  • Check the manufacturer’s instructions to determine if the casters require lubrication.
  • If lubrication is recommended, apply a small amount of lubricant specifically designed for furniture wheels or bearings.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding the amount and application method.
  • Use a cloth or brush to spread the lubricant evenly on the wheel axles or bearings.
  • Wipe away any excess grease to prevent attracting dust or dirt.

Read more: How To Get Hair Out Of Office Chair Wheels


Remember to use a very soft brush for the leather type to prevent scratches. Also, you can add an extra step to condition your chairs:

  • Apply a small amount of leather conditioner to a clean towel.
  • Gently massage the conditioner into the leather in a circular motion.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for drying time and buff off any excess conditioner.

Refer to this guide if you want to condition your chair thoroughly.

What Is Simple Advice To Keep The Office Chair Clean?

  • Regularly dust the furniture with a soft cloth or vacuum cleaner, and quickly wipe off any spills or stains.
  • Consider using removable seat covers for added protection. Avoid eating on your seat to prevent food debris.
  • Clean armrests and headrests regularly and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning.
  • Vacuum or brush the upholstery to remove debris. Dry the chair thoroughly because water residues are a breeding ground for corrosion.
  • Keeping the office humidity level at 40-55% for leather chairs is best. Lower than this range can dry out the leather, while higher levels leave too much moisture that can develop mold and attract debris.


Mastering how to clean an office chair, you know how to keep your seat clean and germ-free. Clean furniture will lift your mood and enhance your work performance.

Following these tips for maintaining cleanliness in your workspace will make your equipment stand the test of time. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below.


  1. How much time does it take to clean the office chair?

    The cleansing time can vary based on the chair type and cleaning method. On average, cleaning an office chair thoroughly takes 15-30 minutes. However, this can be shorter or longer depending on the sitting apparatus's condition and the cleaning required.

  2. How often should I clean my office chair?

    It depends on factors such as usage and personal preference. Generally, it is recommended to clean your office chair at least once a month. However, it's best to clean it promptly if you notice spills, stains, or visible dirt accumulation.

  3. Can I use bleach or strong disinfectants to clean my office chair?

    No. Using bleach or strong disinfectants to clean your office chair is not recommended, especially if it has fabric or leather upholstery. These harsh chemicals can damage or discolor the chair's materials.

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Elias Kanden

Elias Kanden

Elias Kanden is the CEO of Ergorise. He has over 20 years of expertise, specializing in transformative furniture design.