How to Deep Clean Your Desk Chair

How to Deep Clean Your Desk Chair

Taryn Williford
Jan 11, 2011

You probably already know how to best wipe down your computer monitor and organize your desk drawers. If you're really good, you probably tackle these tasks pretty often. But one thing in your home office that gets overlooked by even the biggest clean freaks? The desk chair. Here's how to give it a deep clean.

This isn't an everyday chair-cleaning routine. But you can give your chair a once-over every few months or so—or more often, if you're always eating at the desk or letting furry pets into your office space.

Here's how:

  1. Vacuum the seat and back of your chair. This is where a hand-held vacuum or one with a hose comes in handy. Use the brush attachment, if you have one.
  2. Spot-treat stains. If the chair is fabric, use the right cloth and cleaner to get rid of any accidental working-lunch or morning-coffee stains.
  3. Wipe down arms and legs. Use a dry-cleaning sponge, wood wipes or a damp microfiber cloth to wipe dust and lint from the arms and legs of upholstered, wood and plastic chairs.
  4. Deep clean the wheels. Use a vacuum, scrub brush and rubbing alcohol in tandem to get your rolling caster wheels completely clean and rolling. Use this great How To guide for specific instructions.
  5. Blow out the joints. Clean the dust out from your chairs adjustable parts by spraying compressed air into the joints of the moving mechanisms.

(Images: Flickr member TheRealMichaelMoore licensed for use under Creative Commons, How To Clean Task Chair Caster Wheels for Smooth Rolling)

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