Cleaning painted, plastic, and vinyl and chrome surfaces
Clean frequently. Apply household cleaner (such as Fantastik® or 409®) and wipe dry with a clean, soft cloth. For more stubborn chrome marks, use a non-abrasive chrome cleaner. On high-gloss, smooth plastic finishes (such as the Player chair frame), use a light rubbing compound (such as Turtlewax® rubbing compound) to polish minor surface marks.
Cleaning wood finishes
- Most wood products are protected by a stain-resisting finish.
- For normal cleaning, wipe surface with a soft, damp (not wet) cloth
The best way to clean laminate wood furniture is good old soap and water. Start with a microfiber cloth and simply dampen the cloth in warm water. As you wipe down the surface, try to move with the grain.
- Use a vacuum cleaner for regular cleaning. Do not steam clean. Periodic professional dry cleaning is recommended.
- The first thing to do if you have a stain on your upholstery is to look for the fabric’s cleanability code. The code should be on the tag. If it’s been re-upholstered, check with the fabric manufacturer.
“W”—Code W stands for ‘Water based cleaner’ and these are the easiest fabrics to clean. This is not the same as being machine washable, however. This code means that you can spot clean your fabric with a water-based shampoo or foam upholstery cleaner. You can use a brush to agitate the cleaner or even an upholstery attachment on a carpet cleaner. Be careful to avoid over-wetting the stain.
“S”—Fabrics that are Code S must be cleaned with solvents (dry clean only). You can spot treat stains with a water-free solvent or dry-cleaning product. Use solvent cleaners in a well-ventilated room and keep away from open flames. Avoid using cleaning products containing carbon tetrachloride, as it is highly toxic.
“W/S”—A W/S code, as you might expect, means that a combination of dry-cleaning solvents and water-based cleaners may be used. These fabrics can be spot cleaned with upholstery shampoo, foam from a mild detergent, or a mild dry-cleaning solvent. This is a case, where the pre-test is especially important. For overall dirt, call a professional to clean these fabrics.
“X”— Professional clean only. If you have fabrics with Code X, they can only be cleaned by vacuuming or light brushing. A Code X means the fabric is not cleanable with water or solvent cleaners
Once you’ve determined the recommended cleaning for your fabric, it’s always a good idea to pre-test the cleaner on a small, inconspicuous spot on the fabric. This way you can make sure the cleaner works and doesn’t leave a spot or cause the colors to bleed. If you’re in doubt about how to proceed, it’s usually best to call a professional upholstery cleaner.
Maintaining leather upholstery
Dust occasionally with a clean, dry cloth. Most stains can be removed by applying a mild soap to a damp cloth, working up thin suds, then rubbing it gently over the stain. Rinse with a clean damp cloth then wipe dry. Never use furniture polishes, oils, varnishes or ammonia on leather. Some cleaning products may cause discoloration and should be tested in an inconspicuous area before using.
Clean chair casters periodically to clear out carpet fibers, dirt etc. Caster pintles should be lubricated once or twice a year.
Cleaning chair glides
Chair glides should be cleaned of dirt and waxed regularly to avoid build-up. Apply household cleaner and wipe dry with a clean, soft cloth.
Lubrication of pneumatic column
Turn chair over, remove retaining clip, lift base straight up and off the column. Wipe off the old grease and brush or wipe on a thin layer of high-quality, multi-purpose grease. (Do not use spray lubricant as this can run down and stain the floor.) For best performance, lubricate periodically.
The upholstery cushions, arm caps, casters and optional pneumatic cylinder may be field replaceable. Give us a call and we can help you figure it out.