A leather chair is exquisite - it has a smooth, soft finish with a plush interior, and provides a natural-looking sophistication in any office, even when using synthetic leather! However, the way to clean leather furniture can be tricky, as you need to consider proper care for this unique material.
In this article, we'll guide you through cleaning your leather office chairs the right way, with just a few cleaning supplies, and a gentle touch. Your chair will last longer, look cleaner, and keep providing you that comfort and style throughout the years!
How to Clean a Leather Office Chair: A Step-by-Step Guide
Step 1: Vacuuming Leather Office Chair
Vacuuming is the first step you should do when cleaning any sort of leather, fabric, or mesh office chairs as these tend to latch onto dirt and dust. Vacuuming removes these particles before you proceed with cleaning, minimizing the chances of spreading the dust around the chair, or pushing the particles deeper into the material.
Use a soft brush attachment to lift away the dirt, and let the vacuum remove any dust from the chair. Leather office chairs tend to have crevices from the sewing pattern, so be sure to get in between the gaps and the nooks to remove all the dust.
Step 2: Wiping Leather Office Chair
Use a damp cloth to wipe down your leather chair after vacuuming. Giving leather chairs a good wipe down will remove any dust and debris particles that were not sucked up during the first step. Dampen a cloth with some water, and start wiping down the chair starting from the seat, all the way to the backrest, and even the chair legs.
If the chair has wheels, place a sheet of newspaper underneath, brush out the dirt that accumulated on the wheels, give it a good wipe with a dry cloth or paper towel, and clean up the newspaper for a convenient cleaning.
Step 3: Deodorizing Leather Office Chair
Sprinkle baking soda all over your leather chair. This will remove any odors that accumulated on the chair over time, as well as any excess moisture. Sprinkling baking soda immediately after wiping it down will allow the baking soda to stick to the backrest, as well as other horizontal surfaces.
Use your hand to lightly rub the baking soda deep into the crevices of your leather chair. Allow the baking soda to sit on the surface for at least an hour before vacuuming it up, and prepare the office chair for the next step: spot cleaning!
Step 4: Spot Cleaning Leather Office Chair
If your leather chair has a couple of spots here and there, you can make a mild soap mixture with water and a few drops of dish soap to remove these stains. Spray the solution anywhere where there are spots, and use a soft cloth to dab the stains away. Use a soft bristle brush for heavier stains, but be careful as leather chairs tend to flake with heavy pressure.
This mild liquid soap solution can be used for more than just leather chairs. Use the same solution for your other office chairs like plastic, fabric, or mesh office chairs. For a more powerful solution, add some vinegar to the mix, and let the solution sit to lift out the stains.
Step 5: Disinfecting Leather Office Chair
Disinfect your leather office chair with a mild, yet effective disinfectant. Place some 70% isopropyl alcohol or ethyl alcohol on a clean, dry cloth, and wipe the entire office chair with disinfectant. Focus on the high-touch areas like the seat of the chair, as well as the arm rests.
Step 6: Sealing Leather Office Chair
The last but most crucial step is to seal your leather office chairs. Leather chairs tend to crack when the material is kept dry or heated, but placing a top coat protected leather sealant will protect your leather chair from cracking and disintegrating.
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