How to Clean Office Chair Without Vacuum In 7 Easy Steps

Due to regular use, your office chair can become dirty and full of germs very quickly. I have a desk job, and I spend more than 40 hours sitting and working at my desk.

So, it is essential for me to clean my office chair more frequently to keep it clean and germ-free.

In this article, I will tell you how I keep my office chair clean without using vacuum cleaning. The process that I will show you is straightforward, and you will be able to follow up very quickly as I will break the whole process down into easy and simple steps.

But before that, let’s check out the things you will need to clean your office chair without vacuum.

What Exactly Are You Going To Need to Clean Office Chair Without Vacuum?

  • Spray Bottle (or Liquid Soap)
  • Brush
  • Shampoo
  • Water

Step 1: Prepare the Shampoo Solution

Take a little amount of shampoo on the spray bottle and pour some water inside the bottle. Then close the cap and shake the bottle to mix the solution properly.

My chair is a small one. I take approximately 1-2 spoonfuls of shampoo and mix it with 150-200 mL of water inside the spray bottle. This is not an exact measurement; I am just giving you a close approximation.

If you are very much concerned about it, you can use 1 part shampoo or any liquid soap and 16 part water to get the best result. Professionals suggest this ratio for preparing the solution.

Step 2: Start spraying the Solution on the Office chair

After you are done preparing the solution, start spraying the solution using the spray bottle.

I usually start spraying from the backrest. After the backrest is entirely wet, I move to the seat.

After the spraying is complete in these two areas, I skip spraying the solution on the other areas for now. But remember we will cover those areas later. Now, let’s move to the next step!

Step 3: Brush the Backrest and Seat Cushion Thoroughly

Start with the backrest. Brush it thoroughly. If you see any stubborn stains at any places, brush harder on that area. If it does not go awat=y instantly, spray some more solution on the area and brush again.

In this way, brush the whole back and then move to the seat cushion. After you are done brushing the back and seat cushion, you can repeat the whole process after spraying some more on these areas.

Usually, after brushing for the first time, I spray the backrest and the seat cushion again and then brush the entire area again.

Step 4: Don’t Forget the Arms

Spray the solution on the armrests and then leave it for 1-2 minutes. After that, keep brushing your arms thoroughly.

I usually brush the armrests harder with more force. You can do the same if you like. Brushing harder on the arms has some benefits, like the dirt moves away fast, and you don’t have to keep brushing it for a long time.

Brushing the armrest is easier than the previous step as the arms have less surface area and they are harder.

Spray some more solution on the arms and brush it again if you feel like the arms are still dirty. After that, let’s move to the next step.

Step 5: Clean the Base and Caster Wheels

To clean the bottom part of the office chair, first, keep your office chair in an upside-down position and spray the solution on the base and wheels.

Now, brush the surface of the base and wheels properly. Most dust and debris will come off, but you will need to clean the inside of the wheels separately.

Use a small knife or fork to clean the dirt and debris inside the wheels. Sometimes, long hairs, fruit peels, and pebbles get stuck inside the wheels; you can use a knife or fork to get them out very easily.’

The knife can easily enter the cracks of the chair’s caster wheels, and you can scrape off anything that is stuck inside the casters.

If the hairs do not come off, you can remove them easily by cutting the hairs using a pair of scissors.

Cleaning caster wheels is essential. If very persistent debris is stuck inside, it can hinder the wheel movement and compromise the chair’s mobility.

I have a whole article on cleaning caster wheels, showing you how to do it effectively, from opening the wheel to getting it super clean in simple steps. Check it out here: How to clean office chair caster wheels In 7 Easy Steps.

Step 6: Rinse the Office Chair with Clean Water & Let it Dry

This is the second last step for cleaning your office chair without a vacuum. We are almost done. After you have completed brushing and cleaning the casters, it is time to rinse the whole chair with clean water.

You can fill the spray bottle again. But this time, you should clean water instead of the shampoo solution.

Spray the clean water on the whole office chair thoroughly. After you are done spraying clean water all over the chair, you will notice that the chair already looks better and clean.

Now, all you have to do is, keep the office chair under direct sunlight for 5-6 hours, and the chair will be completely dry and clean.

Step 7 Polish The Faded Hard Surfaces

After removing all the dirt and oils from the office chair, you might notice that the armrest and the base might look a bit rough and faded in color.

You can restore this using a furniture polish Spray. I have found a good and inexpensive one on Amazon from The Original Bee’s Wax brand. Check it out on Amazon by clicking here.

This furniture polishing spray is effective on different surfaces like wood, plastic, and metal surfaces.

Shake the polishing bottle and spray some of it on the chair’s armrests and other hard surfaces. Now, Rub it with a clean cloth or sponge. You will notice the color of the armrests and other hard surfaces is restored, and they will become shinier than before.

That’s it. You are done cleaning your office chair without vacuum all by yourself.

You can check this video out if you need a visual representation to follow these steps more effectively:

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How to Dry Wet Office Chair? The easiest way to dry a wet office chair is to keep it outdoors, under direct sunlight for the whole day. The water present inside the chair will be warm and evaporate fast. The heat from the sun will dry a wet office chair quickly.

How long does it take for an office chair to dry? Depending on the type of office chair and where it is kept, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 8 hours to dry a wet office chair. Most office chairs will dry within 3 hours if kept outdoors under the sun.

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