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How to Clean White Office Chairs?

White office chairs add a professional look to your home office.

However, you will soon notice that these bright white pieces of furniture can quickly turn dull over time. So, how do we clean the white office chairs?

Cleaning white office chairs involves household and commercial cleaning chemicals, such as vinegar, soap, and stain removers. Dust removal, stain removal, routine cleaning, and drying are the four procedures involved in cleaning white chairs. 

White office chair
White office chair looks elegant in your home office.

Dealing with white color can be tricky as it stains easily. Since we spend so much time in our office chair, it is more likely to get dirty quicker.

This article will provide in-depth information on the products, equipment, and methods to clean different white chairs.

Household Products for Cleaning White Office Chairs

White office chairs need a more sensitive approach to cleaning than their darker-colored counterparts. For instance, harsh chemical formulas and abrasive products can quickly dull their appearance.

You do not need fancy store purchased products to keep your white chair clean. Some household cleaning materials work efficiently to clean them up with no harsh chemicals.

Oil and vinegarOne and a half cup olive oil+ one-fourth cup
Stain removal
Routine cleaning
Baking Soda and BoraxOne tablespoon of baking soda + one tablespoon of Borax in 100 ml of waterOil and moisture absorption
Liquid Soap and VinegarLiquid soap + few drops of vinegarRemoval of dirt and grime
ToothpasteEnough to coat the stainStain and scuff removal
IceZip lock bag full of iceRemoval of gums, chocolates and candle wax

1. Oil and Vinegar

Use one and a half cup olive oil mixture with one-fourth cup vinegar and spray it on the chair. Allow it to stay 5 minutes before wiping it down.

According to research, vinegar is an effective household cleaning product for removing stains and keeping the chair fresh and white.

2. Baking Soda and Borax

Baking soda has an absorbent property for moisture and oils.

  • Add one tablespoon of baking soda to one tablespoon of Borax in 100 ml of water and mix.
  • Soak a rag or a sponge into the solution and wipe the chair.
  • Use a wet toothbrush to reach the corners.
Borax (Source: Amazon)

3. Liquid Soap and Vinegar

You can mix regular liquid soap with a few drops of vinegar and soak a towel in the solution to clean the chair. Use a dry towel to wipe off the solution.

Moreover, soap removes the dirt and grime, and vinegar dissolves grease and disinfects the surface.

4. Toothpaste

Toothpaste is generally used to shine pots and pans, but it works pretty well on stain and scuff removals for furniture too.

However, you should make sure that the toothpaste you use is white. Follow these steps for stain removal on your white chair.

  • Wipe the stain with a wet cloth.
  • Ensure that the area is not soaked but just damp.
  • Dab a little toothpaste on the stain.
  • Take a soft-bristled toothbrush and scrub the area gently.
  • Wipe it with a dry clean cloth when you are done.

 5. Ice

Things like chewing gum, candle wax, and chocolates might stick to the chair and are very difficult to get off.

Take a ziplock bag, fill it full of ice and place it over the stuck item for a few minutes to clean it with no mess.

You can then use a spoon to scrape it away without residue.

Ice cubes
Ice cubes(Source: Unsplash)

6. Water and Vinegar

A mixture of equal parts of vinegar and water also cleans up your white chairs. Moreover, a microfiber cloth works the best for cleaning.

Commercial Cleaning Products

There are some cleaning products available, especially for the chairs. Specific products are available for leather and fabric cleaning and many more.

Cleaning productsRecommendationUsage
Leather cleanerLeather CPR Cleaner & ConditionerRemoves built-up grime Smooths over scuffs and scratches
Moisturizes the leather
Stain Remover
Woolite INSTAclean Stain RemoverFabric-safe bleach
Removes stains
Leather Care KitFurniture Clinic Large Leather Care KitRemoves grime
Protects against future stains
Gently cleans without drying the leather
Stain Remover
Wine Away Red Wine Stain RemoverSpecific for Red wine stains
Works well on fabrics
Leather WipesWeiman, Wipes-Non Toxic CleanOils in the wipe soften the leather
Imparts shine
UV protectants help keep the sun's rays from drying out leather
Stain Remover
Ecover Natural Plant-based Stain RemoverFabric friendly
Removes most types of stain

Equipment Needed to Clean White Office Chairs

Equipment like a steam cleaner and vacuum cleaner helps clean the chairs and remove dust.

Many other chair cleaning equipment you might be unfamiliar with are mentioned in this table.

EquipmentsBest RecommendationUsage
Lint rollerPetLovers Extra Sticky Lint RollerRemove Lint and hair
Steam cleanerHandheld Steam Cleaner, Steamer for CleaningChemical free cleaning and disinfection
Particularly for fabric chairs
Vacuum cleanerShark Rocket Corded Ultra-Light Hand VacuumDust removal
Different attachments to reach deep surfaces
Cleaning BrushChemical Guys Long Bristle Horse Hair Leather Cleaning BrushScrubs the dust, dirt and grime
Mainly suited for Leather and vinyl upholstery
Upholstery Cleaning MachineHoover PowerDash GO Portable Spot CleanerSpill and Stain Clean up
Microfiber TowelsThe Rag Company All-Purpose Microfiber Terry Cleaning TowelsCleaning spills and for routine cleaning
Useful for cleaning delicate materials like Mesh chairs

Easy Steps to Clean White Fabric Office Chairs

Chairs made of fabric cover like cotton absorb liquid stains readily and are very difficult to remove especially white ones. White chairs made of other fabrics like polyester, velvet, and Chenille also requires delicate care.

Furthermore, you need to clean the dust and stain off the chair and clean it routinely to keep your chair white and good as new.

Related article: How to Clean a White Office Desk?

Step 1: Check the Label

Before you use any products on your white office chair, you should check its labels.

The label usually contains information on whether the chair can be self-cleaned by water or requires dry cleaning.

Step 2: Debris and Dust Cleaning

Vacuuming is the easiest way to get the dust and debris out of your chairs. Make sure to reach the nooks and crevices while vacuuming your chair.

You can use an upholstery attachment for fabric chairs with a strong suction or soft brush attachment.

Moreover, to reach the nooks and corners, use a narrow-headed attachment. Furthermore, you can also use a toothbrush if you can’t get to the farthest corners of the chair but ensure that it has soft bristles or scrape the fabric.

Steam cleaning the fabric chair
Steam cleaning the fabric chair (Source: Flickr)

Step 3: Stain Removal

1. Wine Stains

It’s nice to sip wine while sitting comfortably on your chair. But the spill can be horrifying for you.

Especially red wine can leave a noticeable red stain on your beautifully white chairs.

Here is what you will need to remove the stain;

  • Clean Water or Club Soda
  • Spray Bottle
  • Clean Cloth
  • Dishwashing Soap
Steps for Stain Removal
  • Do not wait until the stain dries, as it will become more stubborn to remove.
  • Use water to dilute the stain. You can also use white wine or club soda if it’s a red wine stain.
  • Spray using a spray bottle until it covers the stain.
  • Take a clean cloth and blot the stain until the color transfers.
  • Use another new cloth and repeat the process until the stain is gone.
clean white chair
Wine spill (Source: Pixabay)

2. Oil Stains

Dropping as much as a single fry could leave a yellow oil stain on your white chair.

You need to be very cautious while removing oil-based stains as there are chances to stain further while trying to remove them.

Here is what you will need to remove the stain;

  • One to two tablespoons of cornstarch
  • Vacuum cleaner
Steps for Oil Stain Removal
  • Sprinkle the cornstarch over the oil stain.
  • Let its sit for 10 to 30 minutes.
  • Use a vacuum to remove the cornstarch layer.

3. Coffee Stains

Coffee can also leave unappealing brown stains on your white chairs. Here is what you will need to remove the stain;

  • Sodium percarbonate (Oxygen bleach) 
  • One quart of warm water
  • Fresh cloth
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Towel
Steps for Coffee Stain Removal
  • Mix Oxygen, bleach and water together.
  • Use a clean cloth to apply it to the stain and wait for 15 minutes.
  • You can use white towels to soak it up and dry it naturally.
  • Use a vacuum to clean the excess.
clean white chair
Coffee stain (Source: Wikimedia)

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4. Blood Stains

Bloodstains can be quite difficult to remove, especially if they have dried up. Here is what you will need to remove the stain;

  • Damp cloth
  • Ice cubes
  • Paper towels
  • One-fourth teaspoon of mild liquid dish detergent
  • One cup of cold water
Steps for Blood Stain Removal
  • Use a wet cloth over the stain to keep it from drying.
  • Keep ice cubes over the cloth to keep it damp.
  • Mix Liquid detergent and water together.
  • Use paper towels to blot the stain.
  • Dip a clean piece of cloth in the mixture and blot the bloodstain.

5. Pet Saliva Stains

If your workspace has kids or pets around, they will likely drool on your chair and leave some saliva stains on fabric chairs. This bacteria-filled saliva can also leave your chair with a foul smell.

Here is what you will need to remove the stain;

Cat sitting on White Fabric Chair
Cat Sitting on White Fabric Chair (Source:
Steps for Pet Saliva Stain Removal
  • Use dry paper towels to blot the saliva if it is still wet.
  • If the saliva has dried, use a damp paper towel and cover the stain.
  • Mix water with dishwashing detergent and ammonia.
  • Take a clean piece of cloth and use the mixture to clean it.
  • Clean the stain with the cloth from the outer edges to the inside.
  • Use more detergent if the stain remains.
  • Dry it off with a dry cloth.
  • You can also use an enzyme pet odor neutralizer as it helps to break the proteins in saliva and remove the stains.


Step 4: Routine Cleaning

You can use natural or household ingredients or store-purchased cleaners to clean your fabric chairs once every six months routinely.
Deep cleaning is required for fabric chairs which can be done using eco-friendly laundry detergents like ECOS Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent.
You can use a microfibre cloth to clean white chairs, as fabric chair upholstery should not be drenched while cleaning.
You still need to rinse the upholstery if it is removable, even after the deep clean once in a while. The cover can also be replaced.

Step 5: Drying the Chair

Do not dry your fabric chairs out in the sun or use a hairdryer, as it can damage the fabric.

Below are some of the methods to dry the chairs.

  • You can dry the chair with paper towels and leave it under the fan to dry.
  • The chair can be air-dried but do not leave it out on windy days. The wind can bring sand and dust, sticking to your wet chair.
  • Keep the door and windows open to speed up the drying process.

Easy Steps to Clean White Leather Office Chairs

White Leather chairs look luxurious in your home office. However, you need to be very cautious in its maintenance and clean-up.

Especially because white leather can turn yellow over time, worsening with incorrect cleaning products.

White Leather chair (Source: Amazon)
White Leather chair (Source: Amazon)

Step 1: Debris Cleaning

You must keep your white leather chairs dust-free, or they can easily look worn out. Vacuum cleaners are a simple way to keep your chairs dust-free.

Use a brush attachment for cleaning the dust, as the bristles from the brush won’t scratch your chair.

Microfiber duster or cloth can also be used to dust your chair.

Related article: How to Keep Leather Office Chair Cool?

Step 2: Stain Removal

Leather chairs can easily stain, and removing stains is difficult in leather chairs as harsh chemicals cannot be used.

1. Dark-colored Stains

Paint, cosmetics, or chemical can leave a dark stain on your leather chairs.

Here is what you will need to remove the stain;

  • Lemon juice and cream of tartar
  • Wet sponge
Steps for Dark-colored Stain Removal
  • Take an equal proportion of lemon juice and cream of tartar and rub it in the stain.
  • Leave the stain for 10 minutes.
  • Thinly apply the next layer of the mixture to the stain.
  • Wipe the paste using a wet sponge.

2. Water Stains

To remove the water stains further, apply water on the stain, then dry it by blowing it dry.

You should never place leather furniture under sunlight to dry as it can cause the white to fade away.

3. Oil Stains

A sprinkle of baking soda or cornstarch on the stain will absorb all the oil. You should let it sit overnight on the stain.

Baby powder also works wonders on oil stains. Clean the powder using a brush or vacuum.

4. Ink Stains

Here is what you will need to remove the stain;

  • Isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol
  • Blow Dryer
  • Olive oil or non-oily cuticle remover
Steps for Ink Stain Removal
  • Blot the spot gently using rubbing alcohol.
  • Dry it using a blow dryer.
  • To prevent the leather from looking dull after it, use a thin layer of olive oil or non-oily cuticle remover over it.
clean white chair
Ink stain (Source: Wikimedia)

5. Mold Stains

Mix one part of isopropyl alcohol and water to prepare a cleaning solution for molds and mildew.

Dip a cotton microfiber cloth into the solution and wipe the stain.

Step 3: Routine Cleaning

You must also clean your chair once every 3-6 months to keep the white from becoming dull.

The chair can be cleaned using an equal mixture of water and vinegar. It is better to use distilled water free of chemicals for leather chairs.

You can also use a leather cleaner. A clean rag should be dipped into the solution and wiped down the chair.

Here are some other things you can use for cleaning.

clean white chair
White Leather Chair (Source: Unsplash)

Step 4: Drying the Chair

A simple rag can dry the chair off well. For better drying, you can also use a sponge. Melamine sponges are better for cleaning as they have abrasive surfaces.

How to Clean a White Leather Chair that has Yellowed?

Natural leather can deteriorate over time.

According to research, leather is made up of collagen, which can oxidize due to exposure to dust, light, and heat and turn yellow. Oxidation also makes the leather weak.

Once the oxidation has started, you cannot revert it to the natural bright white color.

However, you can maintain precautions by keeping it clean. You can also use Leather milk to keep it from yellowing.

Easy Steps to Clean White Wooden Office Chairs

Whit wooden furniture need to be maintained with care as the wood itself needs a lot of care.

Furthermore, Wooden chairs need to be protected from sunlight and maintained not to discolor.

Step 1: Debris Cleaning

Regular dusting is required for white wooden furniture as dust accumulation makes it look worn out.

Wooden chairs need to be dusted at least once a week. Here are some tips on dusting them;

  • Use a soft microfiber cloth to wipe the dust off your chairs if you don’t want your chair scratched.
  • Quickly wipe the water using a dry microfiber cloth if you use water for cleaning the dust.
White wooden chair (Source: Unsplash)
White wooden chair (Source: Unsplash)

Step 2: Stain Removal

Wood can stain very easily. You cant wash wooded chairs as easily as plastic chairs because wood can mold and rot when damp.

Oil and grease stain
Soap and waterMix enough with one Bucket water to form latherMurphy Oil Soap
Fuller’s Oil Soap
Marker stainsRubbing AlcoholA cotton ball soaked with rubbing alcoholSolimo 91% Isopropyl Alcohol
Ink stainsToothpasteEnough to coat the stainAny white colored toothpaste
Mold stainsVinegar and warm water

Equal parts vinegar and warm water

1 tablespoon (26 g) of Borax and 1 cup (240 mL) of water
Borax Powder
Off yellow stains Trisodium phosphate¼ of a cup (150 g) of TSP in 1 gallon (3.8 L) of waterTrisodium Phosphate (TSP)

Step 3: Routine Cleaning

You need to clean your white wooden chair deep monthly to keep it white.

A mix of white vinegar and warm water works well for routine cleaning. You can simply wet a clean towel in the mixture and clean your chair.

You can also use Magic Eraser to remove stains and fingerprints for a clean white chair.

Step 4: Drying the Chair

Use a lint-free towel to wipe up after cleaning.

Ensure not to use a completely wet cloth or towel when cleaning your chairs, as moisture can harm the wood.

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Easy Steps to Clean Other White Office Chairs

Plastic, Polyurethane, and Mesh chairs are popular nowadays for home offices. Continue reading to get the idea of cleaning white chairs made of other materials.

Tips for Cleaning White Plastic Chairs

  • Mix 3/4 cup household bleach with two tablespoons of liquid dish soap in one-gallon hot water.
  • Never use bleach directly on the plastic chairs or even leave it on for 10 minutes, as it can lead to permanent discoloration.
  • Use a gentle washcloth or brush to clean the chairs. Harsh scrubbers can lead to scratches on the plastic.
  • You can use Magic Eraser against stains and germs for a clean white chair. Apply it in circular motions.
  • Use white vinegar for mold stains.
Plastic chair (Source: Unsplash)
Plastic chair (Source: Unsplash)

Tips for Cleaning White Mesh Chairs

  • Dust, hair, and crumbs are likely trapped in the chair mesh. Use a handheld vacuum to clean it up.
  • Hose attachment on your vacuum works well for the mesh fabric.
  • Mix mild non-scented soap with lukewarm water to clean up any stains.
  • Avoid using harsh scrubbers, as they can tear the mesh. Use microfiber towels or cloths only.
White Mesh Chair (Source: Amazon)
White Mesh Chair (Source: Amazon)

How Often should you Clean White Office Chairs?

White chairs should be cleaned more often than other colors as they can get dirty easily. You can refer to the table for the cleaning frequency of different white office chairs.

Type of white chairCleaning Frequency
Leather Office ChairsOnce every 3-6 months
Fabric Office chairs (Cotton, Polyester, Velvet)Once every 3-4 months
Wooden Office chairEvery month
Plastic Office chairEvery month
Mesh office chairOnce every 3-4 months

Final Verdict

Keeping your chair, desk and workplace is essential to keep you safe and productive while working from home.

White-colored furniture is sensitive to cleaning and thus requires milder cleaning products with no harsh chemicals or white toothpaste.

It is to be noted that all white chairs are not cleaned the same way. The chair’s material also determines the cleanup method for the clean white chair.

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