Office chairs are a common item found in workplaces and homes alike. Providing comfort and convenience, but after some time, they can accumulate dust and dirt on their wheels. If not cleaned regularly, wheels can become clogged with debris and stop rolling smoothly, causing discomfort and frustration.
So we create this post to make sure cleaning the wheels of an office chair can be an easy and straightforward process. Of course, if you follow our simple steps.
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Step 1: Remove the chair from the desk and flip it over
Standing up and moving the chair away from the desk or table, giving enough space to maneuver around the chair. The area around the chair should be clear of any obstacles or hazards.
Next, grasp the base of the chair firmly with both hands and lift it up from the floor. Avoid straining your back or arms and use your legs to help lift the weight. Then flip it over so that the wheels are facing upwards.
You can place the chair on a clean surface, such as a carpet or a piece of cloth, to protect the chair’s surface from scratches or damage. If the chair is heavy or difficult to lift, you can ask for assistance from a colleague or use a trolley to move it around.
Step 2: Check the wheels for any debris
Over time, wheels can collect dust, hair, lint, and other small particles that can affect their performance.
Take a moment to inspect the wheels carefully. Look for any visible dirt or debris that may have accumulated on or around the wheels. If you see any debris, use a small brush or a toothbrush to remove it gently to prevent it from getting trapped in the wheels and causing further damage.
Step 3: Apply a cleaning solution to the wheels
There are several cleaning solutions you can use, such as a mild soap and water solution, a vinegar and water solution, or a specialized wheel cleaner. The choice of solution depends on the type of wheels you have and the amount of dirt or grime on them.
Dampen a clean cloth with the solution and gently wipe each wheel, covering the entire surface. Don’t saturate the wheels too much
If you’re using a specialized wheel cleaner, read the instructions carefully and follow them closely. Some require you to let the solution sit for a few minutes before wiping it off, while others may need to be rinsed off with water.
Next, use a clean cloth or paper towel to wipe off any excess solution and dry the wheels thoroughly. Remember that any water getting trapped in the wheels can rust or corrode.
Step 4: Lubricate the wheels
Lubricating the wheels reduces friction and noise, and also extends their lifespan.
Silicone spray or light machine oil, such as 3-in-1 oil, are both suitable options for lubricating office chair wheels. Don’t use heavy oils or grease
The wheels need to be completely dry. Apply a small amount of lubricating spray or oil to each wheel, and cover the entire surface. Be careful not to apply too much lubricant, because you don’t want the wheels to slippery and affect their performance.
Then move the chair back and forth to distribute the lubricant evenly across the wheels. so they are properly lubricated and functioning smoothly.
Step 5: Reassemble the chair
The final step involves flipping the chair back over and attaching the wheels back onto the chair’s base.
To reattach the wheels, simply push each wheel back onto the chair’s base until you hear a click or feel it snap into place. When each wheel is securely attached and can rotate freely, that’s totally fine.
Flip the chair back over and give it a test drive. Roll it around and listen for any unusual sounds or resistance. If it doesn’t roll smoothly, check again for each wheel is properly attached and lubricated.
That’s it. Now that you’ve learned how to clean the wheels of your office chair. So the next time you find yourself rolling your eyes at your overflowing inbox or struggling to stay focused during a marathon meeting, take a deep breath and give your office chair a quick cleaning. Good luck!