Dealing with some less-than-fresh smelling chairs at work? There can be a number of reasons why your office chairs smell unpleasant, and there are steps you can take to make those desk chairs smell better. From musty odors to chemical smells, even office chairs need sprucing up once in a while. You’re sure to find a solution below on how to remove odors from office chairs.

How to Remove Odors from Office Chairs

Consider more than one of these options to help remove smells from your office chairs and make your workspace an enjoyable-smelling place to work again.

  • Cleaning New Office Chair Smells – These types of odors can be tough to be around in a small, closed-in space. It could be as simple as setting your chair outside for a period of time to just “air it out” and let the chemical or plastic scent dissipate. If you aren’t having any luck with that, you can try some of these other cleaning ideas below.
  • Deodorize Office Chair Odors – If your chair is older, it may hold on to smells over the years. Freshening it up can be as easy as using a fabric deodorizer that can be sprayed on and left to dissipate, or sprinkled on and vacuumed up. If your chair includes mesh sections, you can easily clean them to help reduce the odor. Vinegar or rubbing alcohol sprayed on the fabric of your office chair can help tackle odors and provide a nice smelling surface once it has dried. Don’t forget about cleaning the chair’s wheels; they could very well be a source of bad odor. Use these products in a well-ventilated area and let them completely dry before using them again. Wipe down the hard surface areas of your chair like your chair arms with a mild soapy cleaner to remove any dust or grime as well.
  • Professional Cleaning – If you have tried these other options and your office chair could still use a deeper clean or you have some stains on the fabric, having your office chair professionally steam cleaned should finally bring it back to life. This deeper type of cleaning might also be an add-on option when your office carpet is cleaned. If this is done quarterly, you can look forward to having a nice, clean desk chair on a regular basis.
  • Purchase a New Office ChairMusty odors or mildew smells can linger in chairs forever. Sometimes an office or desk chair has been stored in a damp location or there has been some office building damage during a tough storm. Moisture like this can wreak havoc on fabric furniture and the chair might be a lost cause no matter how much cleaning you do. Consider buying a new office or desk chair at this point to ensure a fresh smelling office, and keep mold and pathogens out of your workplace.

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