How to Clean Your Office Chair

Be it at home or in the office, your workspace is where you spend most of your working week. Keeping your workspace clean and tidy is, therefore, of the utmost importance. Your office chair in particular can turn into a hotbed of germs and bacteria. With only a few household cleaning supplies, however, you can make your office chair shiny and new.

Whether you’ve got an ergonomic chair or an executive chair, in this blog we have covered simple steps to clean your office chair.

Things You Will Need

Keeping your office chair clean only requires a few household supplies. If your chair has an upholstery cleaning code or tag (typically found on the bottom of the seat), it will tell you what type of cleanser you need to use. Vinyl, leather, and plastic mesh chairs can be easily maintained using these supplies:

  • Vacuum Cleaner: To easily and quickly clean your office chair, you can use a handheld or cordless stick vacuum. Some vacuum cleaners come with additional attachments that are targeted towards removing dust from the upholstery region.
  • Dishwashing Soap: You can use any clear solution or mild dish soap to clean your office chair. You can even make your own cleaning solution by diluting some dishwashing liquid and putting that in a spray bottle for future use.
  • Soft Cloth: Microfibre cloths are best suited for cleaning office chairs. However, you can also use a cotton T-shirt that you no longer wear. Rags that don’t leave lint will do the job as well.
  • Duster: Your vacuum cleaner may not be able to reach the tight spaces in your office chair. Having a duster will come in handy in such cases.

Stain-Removing and Deep-Cleansing Supplies

Sometimes spillages happen, and office chairs are the unfortunate victims. In cases like these, a stronger fix is required.

  • Alcohol, vinegar, or laundry liquid: Stubborn stains will require alcohol or vinegar for removal. The cleanser you use will depend upon the fabric of the chair and the type of stain.
  • Upholstery cleaner: If your office chair gets messy frequently, you may need to consider investing in an upholstery cleaner.

A person holding a vacuum against the seat of a white office chair.

Steps to Clean Your Office Chair

Cleaning your office only requires a few simple steps. If you do it regularly, you can spend as little as 15 minutes on it. On the other hand, you can also set aside half an hour on the weekends to give your office chair a deep cleanse.


The first step to cleaning your office chair is to get rid of the dust using a vacuum, and sometimes, a duster as well. Alternatively, you can use a paper towel to remove any lint, hair, or debris.


You can either lightly spray your office chair with the cleansing solution or gently wipe down the surfaces using a cloth dipped in the liquid. Be careful not to soak the chair with the cleaner or it can damage the fabric.

Rinse and Dry

If your office chair is free from stains, the last step is to simply rinse and dry it. Dab a wet clean cloth against the chair to remove any residual soap. Then, use a dry cloth to clean the hard surfaces. You can either air dry the soft seating or use a hair dryer if it is urgent.

Spot Treatment and Stain Removal

You may need to use an alcohol-based cleanser to get rid of stubborn stains. If the bottom side of your office chair doesn’t come with a tag for cleaning instructions, you can test the cleanser on a small section of this area to see if it works. As with regular cleaning, be careful not to soak the fabric. Simply dab some cleanser on the stain and rinse it with a wet cloth before letting it air dry.

Deep Cleansing

Sometimes, you may not be able to get rid of the stains using a cleanser. In that case, you need to opt for a professional upholstery cleaning service. If you have an upholstery cleaner or would like to invest in one, you can use it for deep cleansing from time to time.

Did you know that you can use a butter knife to scrape debris off your office chair wheels? Simply flip the chair upside down before doing so. You can then wipe it with a damp cloth and dry it using a dry cloth.  

A person wearing yellow gloves and wiping down the seat of a dark blue office chair using a cloth.

Cleaning your office chair is a way of prioritising your health by keeping your office space neat. In this blog, we have covered some simple steps to help you clean your office regularly as well as tips to get rid of nasty stains.

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