How to remove hair from office chair wheels

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If you find that your rolling office chair is no longer moving as smoothly across the floor as it used to, it may be time to clean out the chair’s wheels. Over time, chair wheels accumulate and build up debris, such as dirt and hair. In order to keep your chair rolling smoothly and looking nice, you’ll need to thoroughly clean both the inside and outside of your wheels; which we will summarise how you can do easily in the article below:

Clean out your Office Chair’s Wheels:

  1. Cover the floor. Before starting the cleaning process, you’ll need to put measures in place to protect the area where you will be cleaning. You can do this by laying out a plastic sheet underneath your office chair.
  2. Remove the Wheels. The next step is to remove the wheels; it is much easier to work on the office chair if you flip it upside down and give yourself full access to the wheels. Remove the wheels. Some models require a screwdriver or wrench in order to remove the wheels. If the wheels of your chair cannot be removed, remove the base or legs of the chair from the upper seat portion for easier access.
  3. Use your fingers to remove visible debris. Remove any small objects, stickers or larger pieces of debris that can easily be removed by hand.
  4. Use tools to help remove stuck debris. If any debris seems stuck and unable to be removed by hand, simply grab a pair of tweezers to remove it. Other tools you could use to help remove debris that you may have lying around the house, include scissors, nail clippers, bottle cutters and screwdrivers.
  5. Use duct tape to remove small pieces of debris. Cut a strip of duct tape so that it can fit inside the wheel. Pat the piece of duct tape into the wheel so that the sticky tape can trap the small pieces of dirt. Once the dirt has attached to the piece of tape, remove the tape from the wheel and discard it.
  6. Vacuum the wheels. Use a vacuum to capture any small pieces of dirt or debris that could not be picked up with tape. Ensure you are using a smaller vacuum attachment for easier access.
  7. Use a scrub brush to remove debris from the outside of the wheels. Scrub the outside of the wheel with a strong scrub brush. Lightly soaking the brush in soapy water can help you do this.
  8. Soak the wheels in water and soap. Allow the wheels to soak in a soapy mixture for at least 10 minutes. Depending on the state of your wheels, you may want to use a brush to continue scrubbing them while they soak. It is important to clean the inside of the wheels and remove outer debris first before soaking them, however.
  9. Dry the wheels and reattach them. It is important to let the wheels dry thoroughly so that the moisture does not attract more hair or debris. Dry with a cloth or let dry for a period of time; once they’re dry, put the wheels back on your chair by using the same tools you used to take them off. Test that your chair is rolling smoothly by pushing it around the floor.

That concludes this short blog article on how you can easily remove dirt and debris, such as hair, from your office chairs. It is important to remember to clean your office chairs out regularly in order to maintain their usability. If you were looking to purchase some brand new office chairs, you can view our range of ergonomic office chairs, leather office chairs and mesh office chairs here.