Can my office chair be re-upholstered?

If you find that your Office Chair’s fabric is badly worn and the Chair is still in otherwise good condition or the fabric no longer fits your office decoration, what can you do about it?

A lot of the better chair manufacturers offer a re-upholstery service, particularly for their better quality Office Chairs. So, in the first instance ask your supplier if this can be done. Provided that the cost is reasonable and the chair is in good working order it is well worth considering. However it is unlikely to be available or economically viable for low cost Office Chairs, particularly as these sorts of chairs tend to use cheaper snap fit components that can’t be re-used.

HÃ…G of Norway has a novel answer to this problem as they offer a wide range of quality Office Chairs with removable seat and back covers, you just need to let your supplier know which model you have and they will provide you with a new set of covers for your Office Seat. It is usually possible for you to change the fabric covers yourself as they are retained with zip fasteners.

If your Office Chair manufacturer doesn’t offer a re-upholstery service you may be able to find a local specialist that could undertake the work for you. Ask your Office Seating supplier if they know anyone or look in Yellow Pages or search on the Internet.

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Keeping your office chair looking like new

As you use your Office Chair every day it’s a good idea to keep it clean and dust free. First, if you are buying a new Office Chair check with the supplier to see if the upholstery is offered with any form of fabric protection treatment. If so, I would recommend having your new Office Seat treated when you buy it.

At least once a week give your Office Chair a thorough clean with a good quality vacuum cleaner. You wouldn’t believe how much dust and dirt builds up on an Office Chair.

Don’t believe me? Try beating the seat firmly with your vacuum’s nozzle before you clean it and see how much dust flies into the air.

By vacuuming your Office Chair regularly you minimise the build up of dust and small grit particles which if not removed will reduce the life of your Office Chair’s fabric as they cause wear in the fabric itself.

If your Office Chair is upholstered in leather then regularly wiping the surface with a damp cloth to remove dust and grime is a good idea. Periodically, say 3 or 4 times a year renovate you Office Chair’s leather by washing it lightly with saddle soap or a proprietary leather cleaner. This will help to keep your Office Seat’s upholstery in good condition and avoid it cracking and becoming dried out.

Your chair’s metal and plastic parts are pretty much maintenance free and just require a wipe over with a damp cloth.

Never use any silicone based cleaner on your Office Chair, particularly on leather.

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Is your Office Chair damaging your flooring?

Is your Office Chair fitted with the right type of castors?

If you are using your Office Chair on a normal carpeted surface, then it is likely that it is fitted with the correct castors.

However, if you are using your Office Seat on a hard floor like a timber or tiled surface, you will need to change the castors to avoid causing damage to the floor’s surface.

These types of surfaces can be damaged by standard chair castors and you will need to speak with your Office Chair supplier to ensure they provide you with the correct castors for use with these types of floor.

You may also find that certain types of carpet and hard floor surfaces mark easily, even when using the correct castors. If this is the case then you need to consider buying a chair mat to protect the surface.

Chair mats generally come in clear plastic and are available for either carpeted or hard surfaced floors and act as a protective layer between your Office Chair castors and flooring.


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