Office furniture is an investment. It’s important to protect this asset by performing routine maintenance. Let’s look at ways to keep your office furniture looking good and working smoothly.

Tips for Maintaining Office Chairs

Tighten screws and bolts on your office chairs every 6 months. A little maintenance goes a long way, and it’s easy to remember if you tie office upkeep to another event, like changing the clocks for the start and end of daylight saving time.

Many chairs have armrests that can break if you lean on them to lever yourself into or out of your chair. They are designed as a place to rest your arms, not to withstand a lot of pressure or weight. 

It’s also important to ensure the arms are adjusted to the right height. If you have armrests that are not movable, don’t get too close to your desk—bumping into a wood desk can create unsightly damage to both the desk and the chair.

Tips for Maintaining Desks

Whether your desk surface is wood veneer, laminate, or metal, you’ll have to clean and dust it to keep it looking good. For all desks, regardless of surface, use a dry cloth for dusting and a damp cloth for cleaning.

Mild soap is typically OK on all finishes. Be sure to check with the manufacturer before using any harsh chemicals. The wrong cleaner can ruin stains and finishes in seconds, which can be difficult or impossible to repair.


In addition to the basics, wood veneer desks can handle mild cleaners, like wood oil soap. Spray dusting and cleaning products can leave streaks or damage the finish.


Laminate finishes vary in how they are manufactured and how they are applied to the desk surfaces. Some can tolerate an ammonia-based spray window or multi-surface cleaner. Still, others cannot, so it’s important to read the care instructions included with your desk, ask the manufacturer, or stick with a cloth dampened with water only.


Steel or painted metal finishes are best-cared for with simple dusting and mild soap.


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