The Ultimate Guide for Cleaning Your White Office Chair

The Ultimate Guide for Cleaning Your White Office Chair

Whether its spilled coffee, or simple wear and tear, it is true that a white office chair can accumulate stains over time, but don't let the fear of stains and wear and tear stop you from owning one of the most stylish office staples! While it's true that coffee spills and everyday use can take their toll on the chair's bright and clean appearance, there are tried and true methods for cleaning and maintaining its pristine colour. With a little bit of effort and attention, you can ensure that your white office chair stays looking sharp and professional for years to come. So don't let a little mess discourage you from adding this classic furniture piece to your office décor.

If you are the proud owner of a white Rise Ergo Pro chair or any of the other great finds from our top ten list, this article is especially relevant to you. You've invested in a high-quality and visually appealing chair that deserves proper care and maintenance. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can ensure that your white office chair stays looking like new. Still interested? Read on for our expert tips on cleaning and maintaining your white office chair.

Preparing for the Cleaning Process

Before you begin the cleaning process, it's important to prepare yourself and gather the necessary materials. To clean a white office chair, you will need a few basic items such as a bucket, mild soap or detergent, a soft-bristled brush or cloth, and a clean towel. If there are any loose debris or dirt on the chair, it's best to remove them using a vacuum cleaner or a brush. You should also take into account the type of fabric or upholstery of the chair to determine the best cleaning method. For example, leather may require a different cleaning solution than a cloth fabric. Once you have gathered all the necessary materials, you can begin the cleaning process to restore your white office chair to its original pristine condition.

Here is a breakdown of what you will need:

  1. A bucket of warm water
  2. A mild soap or detergent, such as dish soap or laundry detergent
  3. A soft-bristled brush or cloth
  4. A clean towel or rag
  5. A vacuum cleaner or brush (optional, for removing loose debris or dirt)
  6. White vinegar (optional, for removing tough stains)
  7. Baking soda (optional, for deodorizing)
  8. Leather cleaner (if the chair is upholstered in leather)

By having all of these materials on hand before you begin, you will be fully prepared to clean and maintain your white office chair.

Cleaning the Chair

Once you have all the materials you need, it’s time to start cleaning the chair. You can use a mild soap or detergent to clean the chair, mixed with warm water in a bucket. Apply the solution to the chair using a soft-bristled brush or cloth, and start scrubbing gently, focusing on any stains or spots. Be careful not to use too much force, as this may damage the chair’s fabric or upholstery. Follow this detailed guide if you prefer a step-by-step explanation:

Step 1: Remove Loose Debris and Dirt

Using a vacuum cleaner or brush, remove any loose debris or dirt from the chair, including any crumbs or dust. This will make the cleaning process more effective.

Step 2: Prepare Cleaning Solution

Fill a bucket with warm water and add a small amount of mild soap or detergent, such as dish soap or laundry detergent. Avoid using harsh chemicals or bleach, as these can damage the fabric or upholstery of the chair. If there are tough stains on the chair, you can add a small amount of white vinegar to the solution.

Step 3: Test Cleaning Solution

Before using the cleaning solution on the entire chair, test it on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure that it doesn't damage the fabric or upholstery. If there are no adverse effects, you can proceed with cleaning the entire chair.

Step 4: Dip Cloth or Brush in Solution

Dip a soft-bristled brush or cloth into the cleaning solution and gently scrub the chair, working in small sections. Be careful not to use too much water or soap, as this can leave the chair too wet and take a long time to dry.

Step 5: Rinse the Chair

After scrubbing, rinse the chair thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue. Use a clean towel or rag to wipe down the chair and remove excess water.

Step 6: Deodorize (Optional)

If there are any lingering odors on the chair, you can sprinkle a small amount of baking soda over the chair and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Then, vacuum the baking soda off the chair.

Step 7: Clean Leather Upholstery (If Applicable)

If the chair is upholstered in leather, you will need to use a leather cleaner instead of the mild soap or detergent. Follow the instructions on the leather cleaner to clean and maintain the leather upholstery.

By following these steps, you can effectively clean your white office chair and keep it looking bright and new for years to come.

Drying the Chair

After you’ve scrubbed the chair, it’s time to rinse it off with clean water and let it dry completely. Avoid exposing the chair to direct sunlight during the drying process, as this may cause discoloration or fading of the white color. Once the chair is dry, you can use a clean towel to wipe off any excess moisture.

Step 1: Remove Excess Water

Using a clean towel or rag, wipe down the chair to remove any excess water from the cleaning process. Be sure to get into all the nooks and crannies of the chair to remove any lingering water.

Step 2: Air Dry

After removing as much water as possible, let the chair air dry in a well-ventilated area. You can also use a fan or open windows to help speed up the drying process. Avoid placing the chair in direct sunlight, as this can cause fading or discoloration.

Step 3: Speed up Drying (Optional)

If you need to speed up the drying process, you can use a hair dryer on a low heat setting. Be sure to keep the hair dryer at least 6 inches away from the chair to avoid damaging the fabric or upholstery.

The drying time will depend on the material of the chair. For fabric chairs, it can take anywhere from 4-6 hours to dry completely. Leather chairs may take longer, up to 24 hours, to dry thoroughly. It's important to make sure the chair is completely dry before using it again to prevent mold or mildew growth.

Maintaining the Cleanliness of the Chair

Maintaining the cleanliness of a white office chair is crucial to ensure that it continues to look good and hygienic. Here are some tips to help you keep your chair clean:

  1. Regularly wipe down your chair: It's essential to regularly wipe down your chair to prevent the accumulation of dirt, dust, and stains. Use a microfiber cloth or a soft sponge and a mild cleaning solution to clean the chair's surface gently. Avoid using abrasive cleaning agents or rough cloths that may scratch or damage the chair's surface.

  2. Vacuum the chair: Vacuuming the chair will help remove any dirt, dust, and debris that might be trapped in the crevices and seams of the chair. Use a soft brush attachment to avoid scratching the surface of the chair.

  3. Clean up spills immediately: If you spill anything on your white office chair, clean it up immediately to prevent staining. Blot the spill with a clean cloth or paper towel and use a mild cleaning solution to clean the area. Avoid using excessive water, as it may cause the stain to spread.

  4. Protect the chair from sunlight: Sunlight can cause the color of your white office chair to fade over time. To protect the chair from sunlight, place it away from direct sunlight or use blinds or curtains to block the sunlight.

  5. Use a protective cover: Consider using a protective cover to keep your chair clean and prevent stains. A cover will protect the chair from spills, dirt, and dust, making it easier to maintain its cleanliness.

By following these tips, you can maintain the cleanliness of your white office chair and keep it looking good for longer. Regular cleaning and protection can help you avoid stains, dirt, and other issues that might affect the chair's appearance and hygiene.



A white office chair can look professional and modern, but it also requires extra care to maintain its appearance. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can ensure that your white office chair remains clean and white for longer, improving your productivity and overall wellbeing. Regular cleaning and maintenance will help you get the most out of your office chair and keep it looking its best.

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Lily is a Rotman Commerce student at the University of Toronto, and is the Creative Content Writer at Risedesk. Pursuing minors in English and Economics, Lily is also the Film and TV Representative at RCEM, and has a passion for journalism, literature, and entertainment.