Friday, September 12, 2014

Office Chair Q & A: Seating Issues Solved!

Office Chair Maintenance Tips 

All too often office chair problems cause headaches and frustrations that can be easily solved with the right knowledge. In today's post we'll be answering 10 of the most common office seating related questions to help you better understand your chair and enjoy a more effective work day. Enjoy!

Q: Why is my chair squeaking?

A: This common question is one that most seating providers hear regularly. The squeaking sound is typically the result of two metal parts brushing against each other while the chair is tilting. To solve this issue, lubricate your computer seating mechanisms and pneumatic lift cylinder. WD40 normally will do the trick!

Q: Why does my chair lean back so fast?

A: If you've ever sat in an office chair and had that falling feeling, you know this issue well! This common problem is due to the tilt tension setting on your chairs mechanism. In most cases, office chairs will have an adjustable knob located somewhere underneath your seat. Try tightening the knob and testing the chair. Your problem should be resolved.

Q: How often should I clean my office chair?

A: Office chairs don't typically require much cleaning. In most cases a simple wipe down will do the trick. We recommend cleaning about once every 6 months.

Q: What should I use to clean my leather office chair?

A: Office chair leather is very similar to vehicle leather. That being said, picking up a tube of leather wipes at  your local auto supply shop will come in really handy. Once every few months, pull out a wipe and give your leather office seating a quick cleaning to keep the upholstery looking fantastic.

Q: What should I use to clean my fabric office chair?

A: You should only attempt to clean your fabric office chair if it has been stained. rubbing against the surface of your chair can be quite abrasive. However, if your chair requires a stain removal, consult your dealer on what types of cleaners will work safely on your chairs specific upholstery. In most cases, a simple fabric upholstery cleaner can be purchased at your local hardware store and used effectively.

Q: Why are my chair arms wobbling?

A: If you attempt to adjust your ergonomic office chair arms and they feel loose or wobbly, it's time for a quick adjustment. Grab a set of allen wrenches or screw drivers (depending on what your chair requires) and tighten the screws that attach the arms to the underside of the chair seat. This should solve your problem

Q: Why doesn't my chair roll effectively?

A: This common issue is most regularly caused from debris being caught in one or all of the casters. First,  flip your chair over and inspect the wheels. You might just be surprised at what you've picked up rolling around the office. Paperclips, tacks, and other debris can cause your chairs casters to function poorly. Remove all the fodder and the problem should be resolved effectively.

Q: My chair has a polished frame and arms that are starting to fade. How do I stop this?

A: It's true that the polished finish on your chairs metal parts will fade over time. To solve this problem, pick up a can of non abrasive metal polish at your local hardware store (you chair manufacturer will be able to suggest helpful products to use on your specific model). Apply the cleaning solution and wipe lightly. The finish should definitely come back to life!

Q: My chair is set at an angle that is uncomfortable. How do I fix it?

A: The owners manual for your chair should be available online if you've lost it. In any case, there should be a paddle style lever on the right hand side of your chair. Pulling this paddle in an upward motion while sitting in your chair should change the angle at which your sitting.

Q: Why is my chair leaning to one side?

A: If your chair is leaning to one side, it's typically the result of a bad connection between the pneumatic lift cylinder and the seat mechanism. Try removing the two from each other and reconnecting correctly. A good connection between the cylinder and mechanism should have your chair sitting level.

Hopefully we've solved some of your basic chair issues with today's post. If you have additional questions, or would like help fixing an office chair issue, we'd be happy to assist!

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