Office furniture can constitute a substantial investment, particularly for the good stuff, and as such you will want to take care to ensure that it lasts as long as possible, lest you bit hit with yet another hefty expense in order to replace defunct suites or pieces. This doesn’t just mean knocks and scrapes however, as cleanliness also has a remarkable effect on the longevity of furniture items.

For many offices this will not be an issue as they will have dedicated cleaning teams on hand; however for some, especially smaller companies, this is an expense they simply cannot justify and thus the responsibility falls on them and their team. With this in mind, below you can find a few quick tips which should help you to preserve the integrity of your office furniture and thereby reduce the cost of repairs and replacements over time.


Upholstered items are notoriously difficult to clean; it’s best to start with a vacuum. Vacuuming the chair seats or bench cushions that are upholstered with fabric will remove any dust, and can revitalize the look of the fabric. For tough stains, use a water-based solvent in a dabbing motion on the discoloured area. Test your solvent underneath the chair, first, to make sure it won’t stain or cause damage to the fabric.


Leather furniture also needs special care. You can use leather cleaner, or, vinegar mixed with linseed oil. Gently wipe on the leather cleaner with a soft cloth, and then make sure to wipe down the leather again with a damp cloth to remove excess cleaner. Follow the instructions on the leather cleaner carefully, and only use it on real leather upholstery.


The best office maintenance habit to get into is to label different cleaners for different desk materials. For plastics and laminate, use a dust cloth to remove dust and dirt, and then a sanitising cleaner or Windex to remove bacteria. Wood veneer desks only need a small amount of soapy water. Wipe gingerly around the keyboard with a microfiber towel after disconnecting it from the computer. For reaching really stubborn grime, try a compressed air can.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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