How to Make your Office Chair Smell Good?

You’re using your favorite office chair for a couple of years, and you started to feel it doesn’t smell like it was used to when you first bought it. After every day of usage, chair absorbs your sweat and causes your chair to stink. Now, you should make your chair smell good. How do you do it?

You can make your chair smell good in the following ways:

  1. Use of Baking Soda
  2. Use of Vinegar
  3. Use of Laundry-Detergent
  4. Use of Vacuum Cleaner
  5. Use of Rubbing Alcohol
  6. Use of Hand-Sanitizer
  7. Leave it outdoors

As I have mentioned, a few ways to remove bad smell from your office chair. However, you don’t need to use all of them. All of the above listings are household items, but you might not have the rubbing alcohol. You can use either of them to clean your chair. Keep reading for which particular item you need to use for your office chair.

There are different office chairs; you could have a leather chair, mesh chair, fabric upholstery chair, Mesh-fabric chair. You can clean all of the chairs using the listed types of equipment.

7 Must-know Tips to Remove Bad Odor from your Chair

Use of Baking Soda:

Baking soda is a common household cleaning ingredient that works to remove harmful particles like bacteria and fungi. It neutralizes the bacteria’s membrane and removes bad smells from the chair.

How do you use baking soda? Sprinkle the baking soda into your office chair and leave it for 10-15 minutes. To remove all the baking soda residue, vacuum your office chair.

Use of Vinegar

Vinegar is also a household ingredient that has an outstanding property to kill bacteria. This fact is well-known in the field of hygiene. You can also use it to remove the unpleasant smell from your chair. 

To clean your chair using vinegar, you need to create a solution. Mix one part vinegar with one part dish soap, then dilute with water. You can pour this solution into a spray bottle and use it to clean your chair. I will suggest you use hand gloves while you are cleaning because vinegar could be irritating for your skin.

After cleaning with vinegar, leave it for half an hour, then wipe it out using a wet cloth. You can keep it to the sunlight to dry out the chair, or you can air-dry it.

Use of Laundry Detergent:

Laundry detergent does a good job cleaning a mesh office chair with a mesh seat. But it’s quite a lengthy procedure than other options. Make sure you have enough time on your hands.

Step 1: Wash your chair with running water. Make sure water doesn’t get to the mechanical part of the chair.

Step 2: Mix laundry detergent with water and use a soft dishwashing sponge to clean the chair. Gently scour the chair’s backrest, seat pan, and base of the chair.

Step 3: After scouring with detergent, let it soak for at least 10 minutes, then wash the chair to clean the laundry detergent out of the chair.

Step 4: Lay down your chair and rub the seating area hard enough to get rid of trapped water. 

Step 5: Leave your chair outside to get it to soak.

This method is recommended for a Mesh Chair as it’s much easier to thoroughly wash a mesh chair, whereas you won’t want to water wash a leather chair.

Use of Vacuum Cleaner

You can use a vacuum cleaner to clean the seat pan area and the backrest to eliminate underlying dust. However, it won’t certainly remove the unpleasant smell of your chair. If you do vacuuming regularly, then there might be no dust to create an awful smell.

Use of Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol has so many great cleaning applications. It’s a disinfectant, so it’ll kill bacteria that create a bad odor on your office chair.

You can wipe it and leave it for a couple of minutes to dry. It can also be able to lift grease and dirt, which sometimes hard to remove.

You can use rubbing alcohol on a Leather chair, Mesh chair, or fabric chair. It won’t penetrate the fabric, unlike water, and evaporates quickly. To quickly wipe off your chair, just spray some rubbing alcohol over the backrest and the seating area you will be good to go. 

Rubbing alcohol is inexpensive and available everywhere. Make sure to keep it away from a heat source because alcohol is flammable.

Use of Hand-Sanitizer

As covid-19 hit us really hard, we are all now used to hand sanitizer. It available everywhere, and when you are reading this post, you might have one on your desk. 

Hand sanitizer is an excellent disinfectant ingredient to kill bacteria, viruses, microorganisms. You can use liquid hand sanitizer to clean your office chair and remove the bad smell. To wipe off the chair, use a sponge or white cloth and gently clean your chair.

Leave it Outdoors

Sun ray is a great source to kill bacteria and germs. You can place your chair outside on a dry, sunny day. It will solve the issue of having a foul odor. If your chair is close to the window and you are getting sunlight, it’s more likely that your chair has a lot fewer germs than it should be.

Bonus Tips

Cleaning Leather Chair

Leather is a bit tricky to use as finished leather repels liquid; on the other hand, unfinished leather absorbs some liquid. However, most of the office chair is made of finished leather with a bit of coating which allows everyday cleanup.

You can use any of the upper methods to clean up leather chairs. However, baking soda and vinegar work perfectly to remove any stains and bad odor from your leather chair.

Cleaning Upholstery Chair

Upholstery chair tends to absorb more dust than other chairs. It would be best if you cleaned them regularly to stay out of bad odor. You can use either vinegar or baking soda to clean up the upholstery. After using baking soda, leave it for at least 20 minutes, then vacuum the chair to remove the baking soda.

Related Questions

How to Remove Sweat Odor from Office Chair?

Sweating is what makes a chair smells terrible. You can remove sweat odor by placing your chair outside in the sunlight. Sunlight rays will kill the bacteria and remove sweat odor. You can also try the methods I’ve explained earlier. Any of the processes will work for your particular chair.

What is the Best Fabric Deodorizer?

Fabric upholstery gets dirty quicker than other materials. Even some fabrics are hard to wash. I would recommend using Febreze Fabric Refresher. You will love the scent of this refresher and eliminate the odor that comes from the hard wash. 

How can I Make my Furniture Smell Better?

We all have furniture in our living room. After regular use, this furniture starts to smell bad due to a lot of reasons. A quick way to remove this bad smell is to use baking soda. Just sprinkle some baking soda over your furniture, leave it there for at least 30 minutes. Then vacuum out the baking soda.

How to Remove the New Office Chair Smell?

Every new piece of furniture has its smell. I like the new furniture smell but many of you don’t. Some office chairs might have a noticeable smell. You can remove the new chair smell by using baking soda or use a refresher that will reduce the smell of your new chair. You can check out the above Febreze Fabric Refresher I’ve mentioned.

Final Thoughts

Our modern sedentary lifestyle makes us sit all day long. After using the office chair every day, it started to absorb dust and sweat and stains many germs from our surroundings. Over time this dust, sweat turn into bacteria that begin to have an unpleasant smell.

I’ve listed out some possible methods to remove bad odor from your office chair, and even you can use that method to clean the furniture of your living room. Ingredients of the methods are inexpensive and available everywhere. 

Sifatul Shohan

Hi, I'm the co-owner of A blogger and a freelance web developer.  As I work as developer, I have to work for prolonged hours at a desk that's where I developed back pain. I started researching on ergonomic chairs and gained knowledge throughout the process.  This is the site where I share everything I've learned about office chairs.