If your desk chair is not rolling smoothly, it may be time to clean its wheels.
Like any furniture, your chair wheels also collect dirt and dust over time. This can cause your chair to be less attractive and more difficult to manoeuvre. Even if you have one of the best office chairs, it will not be worth much if it doesn't roll smoothly.
In this article, we’ll show you how to clean desk chair wheels, so you can keep your chair rolling smoothly and looking its best. We will also share some tips to maintain your chair's wheels, so they last longer. Let's get started!
How To Clean Desk Chair Wheels
Cleaning your desk chair wheels is a simple task. You can do it yourself in a few minutes, and you don’t need any special tools. No matter what type of chair caster wheels you have, you can clean them following the instructions below.
Remove the casters
Flip your chair upside down and remove the casters from the bottom of the chair. Most rolling desk chair wheels can be removed by simply pulling on them. However, for some models, you may need to use a screwdriver or a wrench to remove the screws.
Clean the inside of the wheels
Use your fingers to remove any hair strands, stickers or larger pieces of debris that have accumulated inside the wheels. If any debris seems stuck, use a nose plier or tweezers to remove it. If possible, vacuum the wheels to get rid of any remaining debris.
Clean the outside of the wheels
Scrub the outside of the wheels with a toothbrush or a strong scrub brush. You can even use a wire brush or a steel wool pad for this purpose. Make sure to scrub the entire outside of the wheels to remove any dirt or grime.
Soak the wheels in water and soap
To remove stubborn dirt, use a toothbrush to scrub the wheels in a bucket of warm water and soap for at least 10 minutes. Use a gentle scrubbing motion and rinse the wheels thoroughly. Repeat the process until the wheels are clean.
Reattach the wheels
Wipe the casters using a towel or rag cloth and allow them to dry completely. Make sure you dry the wheels thoroughly so that the moisture does not attract more dirt or debris. Then, reattach the wheels to the base. If possible, apply a thin layer of lubricant to the wheel.
And that's it! You can now enjoy a smooth-rolling desk chair. For the same reason, it's a good idea to clean your desk chair wheels at least every six months.
Tips To Keep Your Desk Chair Rolling Smoothly
You can use the above instructions to clean your desk chair wheels, but there are some additional tips you can follow to keep your chair rolling smoothly.
- Make sure you clean your wheels at least every six months.
- Clean the floor daily or alternately as it is where the dirt and debris come from.
- Lubricate your chair wheels properly to keep them rolling smoothly. For metal wheels, use a greaseless lubricant. And for plastic wheels, use a silicone lubricant.
- If you notice any looseness or wobbling, tighten the wheel assembly using a wrench or screwdriver.
There you have it! Definitely follow the above tips and you’ll be able to keep your desk chair rolling smoothly for a long time. If your office chair isn't reclining or is leaning to one side, read how to fix an office chair. Hope it helps!
Roll like a boss, sit like a boss and work like a boss.