Whether you work in a traditional office environment or a remote space in your home, your office plays a critical role in your career. Equipping this space with the latest technology may take priority for effective and efficient communication, but the focal point of your office should be the executive chair. Necessary for a productive, comfortable, and stylish day of productivity, the office chair is a critical piece of office furniture.
Unfortunately, finding the best chair for your office can be overwhelming, but opting for a leather chair is a smart investment, and you can contact a professional furniture store like D & R Office Works, Inc. for help finding the perfect chair.
Considering leather is an estimated 4 times more durable than fabric, it is a great option to have in your home or traditional office. To protect this durability, proper cleaning and care is essential. Using this guide on natural leather cleaners, you can clean and protect your new leather office chair.
You may sit in your chair for the majority of the day, covering the leather back and seat. While surprising, dirt and dust will still accumulate on your office chair over time, so a light cleaning will be necessary. Thankfully, you do not need to use expensive cloths and toxic chemicals.
Run a microfiber cloth or electrostatic dusting tool over the leather chair, shaking dirt and dust off in a trash bin as you go. Be sure to use every few days to prevent a heavier buildup of dirt, dust, and dander.
If you spill food or beverages on your leather, your initial reaction may be to panic. However, soaking up the liquid and wiping down the chair with a homemade, natural solution is sufficient for cleaning the leather.
To get started, place a few paper towels on the liquid and blot up by applying pressure with your hands. Soak the paper towels completely to ensure you have absorbed all of the liquid.
Create a natural leather cleaner by adding the following ingredients to a spray bottle:
- ½ cup of white vinegar
- ½ cup of olive oil
- 20 drops of lemon essential oil
Swirl the bottle around to mix the ingredients before spraying a generous amount onto a clean microfiber cloth. Wipe a small area on the back, bottom corner of the chair to test. Wait a few minute before proceeding. If the leather begins to discolor, do not use the solution on the remaining part of your chair.
After a few minutes without any problems, spray the solution on the cloth again and use to wipe down your leather chair, focusing on the area of the spill. The solution will remove leftover residue before it becomes a sticky, permanent problem on your leather.
Similar to your own skin, leather can become dry over time. Without moisturizing your leather with conditioner, it may become cracked and brittle. After cleaning your office chair, consider making a natural conditioner using the following ingredients:
- ¼ cup of flaxseed oil
- ½ cup of white vinegar
- 2 drops or orange essential oil
Add the ingredients to a lidded, glass container and shake to mix. Add a small amount of the conditioner to a microfiber cloth and apply to a hidden area of your chair. If your leather discolors, do not use. However, if you do not notice any discoloration to changes on the chair, apply to a larger area. Pour a generous amount of the conditioner on a microfiber cloth and apply to the chair, going with the grain of the leather. Allow the conditioner to soak in completely before using your chair.
Caring for your leather office chair may seem like another overwhelming, work-related task, but it does not have to be stressful. Using these natural solutions to clean and protect your leather, the chair will be a functional, valuable, and stylish focal point of your office.