Office Furniture Cleaning | Understanding the Importance & Benefits

Woman sitting on top of office furnitureOften, office furniture cleaning is overlooked. Sure, the carpets are professionally cleaned on a regular basis, and there is a nightly cleaning crew who empties the trash, and cleans and disinfects the office kitchen and bathrooms. But what about the chairs, tables and desks that are often placed in high-volume areas? What you first need to do is understand how your office environment contributes to your employees’ state of mind. When the office is cluttered so are the employees’ minds. A dirty or cluttered office can also lead to unhealthy employees, lack of focus and a lack of productivity.

Today we’re going to talk about the importance and benefits of clean office furniture, and also share some super simple DIY cleaning tips for you to utilize in-between professional cleanings; let’s get started!

Clean Office Furniture | Establish a Routine

Whether your business has clients regularly coming into the office or not, the care and maintenance of your office is extremely important. A cluttered office can send the wrong message, as can dirty office furniture. Ultimately, keeping your office clean and organized is beneficial to your bottom line. Things get messy. Upholstery, wood, metal and glass are common materials used in office furniture. Cleaning them will prolong the life of the pieces and will make the office look polished and organized. So, what should you do about it? Schedule regular professional cleaning for your entire office—carpets, floors and furniture. Contact your Woodard Account Manager to set up a personalized cleaning consultation.

DIY Office Furniture Cleaning Tips

When you find yourself in-between professional cleanings, use the tips and tutorials below for various types of furniture cleaning that you can do yourself.

DIY Tips | Cleaning Upholstered Furniture

Upholstery materials range from leather and vinyl to fabrics such as linen or canvas. Vacuuming upholstery removes allergens and refreshes the fabrics. Dust-free furniture reduces allergic reactions and asthma attacks for those who are sensitive. Be sure to read the upholstery tag before cleaning.

Step #1: Remove any loose dirt. Use a small dusting brush to brush the upholstery until it is free from any visible dirt and dust. If the furniture has loose cushions, remove those and brush them separately.

Step #2: Vacuum the furniture.  Using a brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner, go over the entire piece of furniture. Make sure to vacuum all the upholstery, including both sides of any loose cushions.

Step #3: Identify Stains. Food, dirt, coffee and other stains respond well to steam cleaning. More stubborn spots may need more than one treatment. For oil-based or other hard-to-lift stains, chemical-based cleaners are required.

Step #4: Scrub the cleaning solution into all of the upholstery. Use a sponge to rub the mixture into the furniture. Wipe the upholstery dry with a cloth as you work. Allow the detergent to sit and penetrate for several minutes on any stains or tough spots. When finished, allow the furniture to dry, and then replace any loose cushions.

Step #5: Vacuum the furniture regularly. In order to reduce the amount of heavy soiling (and the need to deep clean the furniture), maintain a regularly cleaning regimen. Vacuuming upholstery once a week will keep it looking better for longer.

DIY Tips | Cleaning Wood Furniture

Occasionally, wood furniture will require heavier cleaning. Use a lint-free cloth to polish wood furniture on a weekly basis. Do not use abrasives or harsh chemicals on wood furniture.

Step #1: First thing’s first, wipe all dust and loose dirt from the wood. Use a clean cloth or natural sponge, moisten it with oil soap and wring out most of the water. Go over the piece of furniture, loosening and removing any dust and dirt on the surface. Rinse the residue from the wood with a sponge wrung out in clear water, and then dry the piece with fresh cleaning cloths.

Step #2: Rub the oil onto the wood. Use a cloth to massage furniture oil into the wood. Rub the oil in thoroughly in the same direction as the grain until surface is completely dry. Follow with an application of furniture oil or polish that does not cause a waxy build-up

Step #3: Allow the furniture to air dry.

Bonus Tip: Keep the wood dusted regularly. Maintaining a regular cleaning regimen will prolong the life of the wood.

DIY Tips | Cleaning Metal Furniture

Metal furniture can collect dust and grime just as easily as wood or plastic furniture, but it also has the added risk of developing rust; follow these quick tips to keep dust, rust, and grime at bay.

Step #1: Wipe all dust and loose dirt from the wood. Use a clean cloth or natural sponge, moisten it with oil soap and wring out most of the water. Go over the piece of furniture, loosening and removing any dust and dirt on the surface.

Step #2: Make cleaning solution. Mix up a squirt of dishwashing detergent with a bucket of warm water.

Step #3: Scrub surface with a scrub brush.

Step #4: Rinse furniture and allow to dry.

Step #5: Wipe off any remaining residue with a clean damp cloth.

DIY Tips | Cleaning Glass Furniture

Glass is very sensitive and prone to scratches, unlike other types of furniture. Daily cleaning is important so that whatever dust, debris, or dirt that sticks to the piece of furniture can be removed easily.

Step #1: Wipe with damp soft cloth. Make sure that the cloth material doesn’t contain even the slightest abrasive so as not to leave scratches on the glass surface. Use warm water and a soft, lint-free cloth. Wring out excess water and wipe surface.

Step #2: Rinse off excessive dirt and debris.

Step #3: Dry immediately with a dry lint-free cloth, buffing the furniture surface.

What About Cubicles?

If you’re office is filled with tiny cubicles, don’t forget about the importance of cleaning those as well! As the industry’s leading cleaning company, we highly recommend monthly cubicle cleanings, since most cubicle partitions are made of fabric that attracts dust and germs. Click here for quick and simple DIY cubicle cleaning tips.

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Barbara Bowers wrote on March 25th, 2016 06:03:28am
Very well summarized cleaning tasks and very helpful tips! I am also planing to start my spring cleaning this weekend. First of all I want to do a cleaning checklist and to make sure that I included everything important that I want to clean up!