There comes a time when every office needs to update their current office chairs for newer models. Whether your old models are breaking down, or your company simply wants to add a fresh look to the office, new office chairs are purchased for a number of reasons. The purchaser must keep certain things in mind when determining which office chairs will be best suited for their staff such as ergonomics, adjustments, pre-existing medical issues, and if any employees have special needs. While this may seem like a tedious and arduous to complete, it can turn more fun when it comes to selecting the fabric for the chair. Cheaper office chairs will have a small number of fabrics to choose between, however high quality ergonomic chairs often come with the option to select from a variety of higher grade fabrics.
Most people ask, are high grade fabrics actually better than the standard fabric that comes on an office chair? The answer to this is yes.
Perhaps the greatest benefit that can be achieved from selecting a higher grade fabric is the certainty that it will uphold much longer than a standard fabric. It is easy to forget how often we slide in and out of our chairs on a daily basis, and each time this occurs your clothing rubs against the fabric which causes the fabric to wear over time. While this is often not advertised, fabrics are rated for abrasion resistance, light-fastness, and colorfastness. Abrasion is the ability of a fabric to withstand damage from wear and rubbing whereas colorfastness refers to rubbing off of color from the fabric onto clothing, hands or other materials and can occur under wet or dry conditions. Light fastness is the degree to which fabric will retain its color when exposed to light. The higher the fabric grade, the more apt it is to avoid damage from light, abrasion, and colors running and the more suitable it will be for ensuring the chairs last for years to come. Higher grade fabrics also come with protective finish as well as backing, making them even more durable.
The fabric chosen to upholster a chair is the most important part of the chairs appearance and plays an important part in its visual appeal. After all, the upholstery is about 80% of the overall chair so it is essential to choose your fabric color wisely. Standard grade one fabrics are typically plain and come in monotonous shades that are the most common among business work places such as black, navy, gray, and burgundy. Higher grade fabrics usually are available in a variety of different colors and patterns that stray away from traditional styling. They also come in a variety of materials such as vinyl, faux leather, leather, antimicrobial vinyl, silica, and other high quality fabric upholstery materials.
With grade 1 fabric, you have a very limited selection of fabrics to choose from and sometimes the colors that are available will not blend in with your pre-existing office furniture. With the vast array of high grade fabrics available, you are able to select from more choices that may correspond better with your other furniture or the overall color scheme of your business.
A higher fabric grade can also mean that the overall chair will be more comfortable. This type of fabric is able to stretch more than standard fabric and therefor provides a softer sit. The fabric material is also usually softer to touch and feels more comfortable when you are seated because of this.
Whether you are looking for fabric that will last over time, a good-looking office chair, additional comfort, or simply to match the color of your other furniture higher grade fabrics are truly better.
To view Sitbetter’s extensive collection of office chairs, please click here!
If you are anything like me, then you are bound to spill something on your office chair especially if you are using it 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week. You could just leave the spill and let it stain. Unfortunately with that solution, you will constantly have to look at the stain everyday and will be reminded of that one time you spilled your cup of coffee all over your perfect looking office chair, or that time you ate butterfingers and were too lazy to wash your hands so instead you used your office chair as a napkin. Or perhaps the best solution, you could use one of my five tips I have compiled on how to effectively remove a stain from a chair for a relatively cheap price and what preventative action to take against stains.
Before trying to clean your office chair, it is important to find out what kind of material the chair is made of. Generally chairs have a manufacturers cleanability code found beneath the seat which refers to what material/s the chair is made of. If there is no cleaning instructions, a good rule of thumb to follow is the upholstery is made of at least 50% polyester. Most office chairs are made of synthetic materials (such as polyester). If your chair is made of a leather or vinyl material you will not have to worry as much about cleanliness because those materials do not stain as easily, and most of the time you are able to wipe the spill right off. It is important to prevent stains as they do not fall under manufacturer’s warranties.
Here are our five ways we get rid of stains and prevent them from happening:
- Foam Upholstery Cleaner: A general foam upholstery cleaner will clean, deodorize, and freshen soiled fabrics. Woolite is a great product for cleaning chairs and removing bad odors. To use a foam upholstery cleaner, first dampen the fabric with a rag, making sure not to soak the material. Spray the chair with the cleaner, and wipe gently with a clean, damp rag. Blot out the excess moisture with a dry towel and repeat the steps until the chair is clean.
- Home made shampoo: A little bit of a cheaper option is making your own home made shampoo alternative. Most stains should come right off if cleaned immediately. A little bit of Dawn dish detergent mixed in a small bowl of warm water, diluted about 20 parts water to 1 part soap. Instead of scrubbing up and down, it is best to apply the shampoo in a blotting, circular motion. Blot up the soap with a clean, but damp rag. Continue rinsing in this method until all the soap has been removed. Pat the area dry with a towel.
- To prevent stains on chairs you will be spending a lot of time sitting on it is best to choose a vinyl upholstery option instead of fabric. It may cost a little bit of money to upgrade to this option, but it will save you the hassle of having to clean a fabric office chair . If you do choose a fabric chair, apply Scotch Guard prior to sitting in the chair because it will make it much easier to clean stains when they do occur.
- Rug Doctor:If you have a little bit more money to spare on cleaning your office chair, it may be worthwhile to invest in a Rug Doctor which you can find at your local grocery store or Home Depot, especially if you are cleaning multiple chairs in an office setting. It will be cheaper than hiring a steam cleaning company, yet it will give you the same results. Generally Rug Doctors cost anywhere between $25-$40 to rent for 24 hours and come equipped with furniture attachments.
- Cleaning Solvent:Cleaning solvents work well on office chairs if you take swift action after the stain has been made. First you will need to apply the cleaning solvent directly to the stain. Use a toothbrush or scrubber to work the paste into the stain. Allow it to sit for about 5-10 minutes. Then come back with a damp cloth towel to buff the stain out. A few good cleaning solvents are Quick and Brite as well as Resolve.
Follow these tips and your office chair will look spotless for year to come!