Chairs in 24/7 environments such as dispatch centers and control rooms have certain challenges that are unlike those of a standard office chair. For example, chairs in 24-hour environments are in use, well 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! Whereas a normal office chair is in use approximately 8 hours per day for 260 days a year.
On top of that, 24-hour environments have multiple shifts meaning many people use the same chair. Some people are more considerate and hygienic than others. But a regular chair cleaning is crucial to preserving your 24/7 chair.
Here are our general recommendations to clean your Concept Seating 24/7 chair. If you have a different brand, check any tags located on your chair or the manufacturer’s instructions. Here are ours if you’d like to take a look.
NOTE: Pre-test any cleaning method on a small discreet area of your chair.
For basic maintenance, clean the whole surface in circular motions using liquid hand soap and water (1 part soap to 9 parts water). Rinse and wipe with a clean damp white cloth to get rid of any excess soap. Repeat as needed and then let dry.
To disinfect with a bleach solution, use 0.5% concentration, which can be prepared as 1 part bleach per 10 parts of water. Rinse and wipe with a clean, damp, white cloth to get rid of any excess. Allow the chair to dry thoroughly.
DO NOT USE: Abrasive cleaning tools such as plastic or wire sponges or hard-bristle brushes can permanently damage alternative leather. Never use alcohol.
For black leather- Dust with a clean dry cloth for routine cleaning. For spots and spills, wipe excess liquid immediately and let air dry. If necessary, use lukewarm water and mild soap, work into a thin lather with a soft cloth, rinse with clean water, and buff to restore luster. A leather cleaner or conditioner may also be used.
For all other colors- Dust with a clean dry cloth for routine cleaning. Wipe the leather with a clean, damp cloth to remove soil and allow it to air dry. Leather conditioners and protectants, such as those by Leather Master® can be used as directed. Should a spill occur, blot immediately using a clean cloth or paper towel.
A solution of lukewarm water and a mild cleaner, such as Ivory® soap or Woolite®, may be used for a more thorough cleaning. Dampen a clean white cloth and gently wipe the affected area using a circular motion. Rinse completely with a clean cloth to ensure all cleaner is removed. Dry with a paper towel or dry cloth and allow to completely air dry. Repeat the cleaning process as needed, allowing the leather to dry between applications.
DO NOT USE: bleach, ammonia, or any harsh cleaners. These types of cleaners eat away at leather and the dye.
Vacuum the chair. Fill a handheld steam cleaner with water and steam your fabric chair. You can use detergents with some steam cleaners; this will help remove strong odors. Allow the chair to dry thoroughly. Spray the seat with a fabric refresher to complete the deodorizing process. DO NOT over-saturate the surface with water or other cleaning solutions. This can cause mold and foul odors. Avoid excessive scrubbing as this will set-in stains.
Soil may be removed with spray cleaner or detergent and water. Oil or grease should first be treated with a dry-cleaning solvent followed by a spray cleaner or detergent and water.
DO NOT USE: Chlorine or bleach-based cleansers.
Clean with a water-based cleanser or mild dry-cleaning solvent. DO NOT USE: Products containing bleach. Never use heat. Heat can set stains. Do not saturate the surface with water or other cleaning solutions. Soak up any excess moisture immediately.
First, pull out any large clumps of hair or dirt that are lodged in the wheel. Vacuum the casters using the appropriate attachment or blow out any dirt with compressed air. When the casters are clean, you may use a lubricant, such as WD40, to ensure the wheels move as smoothly as possible.
Another solution Concept Seating offers to preserve the life of your chair is slipcovers. Our slipcovers are easy to put on and take off. They are made with a breathable, stretchy, athletic fabric that is machine washable. Slipcovers are great for multi-shift environments by preventing the sharing of mess and bacteria between employees. Workers can each use their own Slipcover and take it home at the end of the day.
And that’s how you clean your 24/7 chair! If you have further questions, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can send a co-worker our cleaning video if they need a friendly cleaning reminder.