Prolong the Life of Your Office Chair

Prolong the Life of Your Office Chair

A Few Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Office Chair

Let’s be honest, good quality office chairs are an investment, and can be expensive. That’s not to say they’re not worth the money, but rather if you shell out some serious cash, you want to make sure the chair lasts as long as possible. So how does one go about preserving the quality of their office chair? Here are some helpful tips for you to keep your chair good as new.

Keep your wheel spindles clean and lubricated.

The average desk chair is set on free-rolling wheels, allowing for mobility around the office and easy relocation. However, these wheels typically have multiple crevices in their design that are perfect pockets for dust, dirt, and other materials to collect over time. This can inhibit full function of the wheels and can degrade the chair’s components over time. In order to clean the wheels, simply turn the chair on its side or flip it bottom-up and pull the clumps of debris out with your hands or some apparatus that can effectively get inside the small spaces. Once as much debris as possible has been removed use a lubricant, such as the popular WD-40, to coat the insides of the wheel, which are responsible for mobility to prevent the wheels from stiffening up. It is recommended that this be done at least twice a year.

Check your screws.

Most office chairs are held together with several screws, designed to keep all the components of the chair secured and cohesive. With consistent usage over time, pressure and movement on the chair will result in the various screws becoming loosened in their slots. Check the screws in your office chair every few months and tighten them as needed. Be careful not to over-tighten them, especially if your chair is wooden—you will warp the materials and damage the chair.

Upkeep your upholstery

Another simple way of maintaining your desk chair is to regularly clean and vacuum the upholstery (the fabric and cushion parts of the chair). Eliminate dust, dirt, crumbs, and other debris from inside the cushions and in the crevices of the stitching in order to preserve the quality and upkeep of the chair. If there are spills or stains on the fabric, treat them as quickly as possible with the appropriate fabric cleaner. Always be sure to test the cleaner on a small part of the fabric to make sure it is a safe solution for the chair.

Stand up!

It might sound painfully obvious, but if the average office chair suffers wear and tear from use, then try to use it less! Multiple research studies have shown that extensive sitting, such as at an office desk, can be bad for your health in various ways, so why not take a walk around the office? Or try working from a standing position? Give your chair a break and yourself some exercise, and you can be sure to prolong your office chair’s life.

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