How To Clean A Fabric Office Chair

Most commercial buildings and home offices prefer to use fabric chairs because of their comfort. However, you may find some coffee or food spilled on them occasionally, since fabric collects dirt easily. You don't need a professional cleaning service to remove the dirt. It is possible to clean the fabric chair yourself by following these steps.

Prepare to Clean the Chairs

To clean the chairs, gather:

  • butter knife
  • vacuum
  • white paper towels and cloths
  • scrub brush
  • cotton swab
  • large spray bottle
  • tweezers (optional)
  • liquid dish soap
  • white vinegar
  • rubbing alcohol (optional)
  • spray foam or other dry cleaning solvent

Check the care label under the chair seat for cleaning instructions. A label marked "S" means to clean with a solvent, and a "W" mark means to clean with a water-based solution. "SW" indicates you may use either method, and an "X" label means it should be cleaned by a professional like Spotless Miracle.

Test all cleaning solutions on a hidden part of the fabric to test reaction as they may discolor fabric. Wipe the seats with a damp paper towel to loosen surface debris, then vacuum; using a crevice tool in tight spaces. Scrape caked debris or food with a butter knife, and pull hairs using tweezers.

Clean Spills and Stains

Pre-treat the stains by blotting them with a damp cloth. To clean "S" fabric, mist some spray foam on the spot, and let it stand according to the time on the instructions. Wipe the foam from the fabric with a clean, damp rag, then let it dry. 

To clean "W" fabric, combine two or three drops of dish soap in a cup of warm water in a spray bottle, and mist the area. Blot the stain, rinse with a damp cloth, then let the spot dry. If the stain still persists, add a drop vinegar to the solution, and try again. 

If you prefer, apply rubbing alcohol instead in the same manner. Don't apply rubbing alcohol to non-acrylic fabric. It may be possible to use rubbing alcohol on "S" fabric since it has little water content. Vacuum the area after it dries.

Clean Chair Legs, Arms, and Wheels

Flip the chair upside down, and detach the wheels, which should pop off by hand or with a screwdriver. Gently scrape caked debris from the legs and wheels using the butter knife, and go over the wheels using a dry cloth.

To reach tight spots, use a cotton swab. If the dirt is stubborn, dampen the cloth, then rub the wheels. Let the wheels dry, or dry them with a paper towel.