Rolling office chairs may offer a lot of convenience and make it more comfortable for you to work. They also allow you to access most of the important stuff around your desk easily, which is always very useful.
However, this can all suddenly turn from convenient and comfortable into annoying and troubling when the wheels of your office chair cease moving. This happens fairly frequently, especially if the chair isn’t being taken care of properly.
But freeing them up and making them work perfectly again is no big task. It’s actually pretty simple and doesn’t even take too long.
Here’s how you can easily clean the wheels of your office chair and get it rolling as good as ever.
Putting it upside down
Putting the chair upside down makes the wheels of the chair easily accessible and hence you can clean them properly. You may want to get another chair to sit in front of your chair just to make the cleaning process more comfortable.
Cleaning the wheels
Debris, hairs, and dirt can be the common factors causing a rolling office chair’s wheels to cease moving. However, the debris is probably the toughest of the lot to get rid of, and hence some recommended using a knife for the task if you cannot find a better and safer alternative.
A knife can fit in the slots and allow for easy cleaning. Once you get rid of the debris, you may see significant improving in the wheels movement already.
However, make sure you don’t go too hard at the wheels with the knife, or you might end up causing some sort of damage to them making it difficult to move the chair smoothly.
As for hairs, you can simply use tweezers to pick them easily and quickly. You can even remove the wheels from the chair if you want to, but it may not be the best thing to do given you will be dealing with a knife here.
Removing the wheels
However, after you are done with the knife part, there won’t be any safety issues with removing the wheels to clean them. Most chairs allow for easy removing of the wheels while some others may require you to use a screwdriver.
Cleaning the left substances
When you remove the wheels, you may find that there are still some substances left on the wheels. You can use a cotton cloth to wipe them off.
Similarly, you may also want to clean the wheel cover both from the outside and inside. If your fingers don’t reach the inside part, you can simply use cotton swabs which do a great job too.
This is important because letting dirt stay inside the covers may sometimes lead to squeaking.
Not letting the wheels stay wet
It’s important to dry the wheels before putting them back on. Letting them stay wet results in attracting dirt which may again cause the same problems.
You can use clean rags to dry the wheels. Similarly, a blow dryer may work just as well too.
Using a lubricant
Although it may not be necessary, using a lubricant allows the wheels to move very smoothly. You can use a spray lubricant over the wheels after you’re done with all the above steps.
However, make sure you use it in very small quantities, as excessive lubricant, too, may result in attracting dirt. If you end up applying more lubricant than you needed to, you can simply wipe it off with a cloth (it may get very dirty though).
Putting the wheels back on
You can simply put the wheels back on just the way you removed them. Similarly, if you had to use a screwdriver while removing the wheels, you may have to use one while reattaching them too.