An ergonomic and clean gaming chair improves your gaming experience manifold. You can stay in these chairs and enjoy your games for long periods without any discomfort. However, your costly gaming chairs should also be cleaned regularly to ensure that it is hygienic and has a good life. You should ensure that you are not using cheap and low-quality cleaning materials on your gaming chair.
It is also better to follow the instructions of the manufacturer when you perform activities for cleaning your chair. Below is a step-by-step procedure that will help you clean your gaming chair in the most appropriate, hygienic, and safe way, and will answer your question “How to clean a gaming chair?”.
Know the Type of an Upholstery on the Gaming Chair
It is important that you are aware of the type of material that has been used for making your gaming chair. When you know the kind of material, you can choose and use the best substances for cleaning it. A gaming chair may be commonly made of:
- PU leather
- PVC leather
Once you know the type of upholstery, you can get to know the best materials for cleaning it. The manufacturer’s instructions may also help you know the type of cleaning agents that you should be using on the upholstery.
However, apart from the upholstery, a gaming chair also includes armrests, cup holders, wheels, and the wheel’s bases. This may be made of plastic or stainless steel. Therefore, the cleaning substance you choose should be based on the type of materials used for manufacturing the chair.
Gathering the Cleaning Items
You can start with cleaning your gaming chair by first gathering a clean rag and a bucket of slightly warm water. The mild dish detergents/soaps commonly found in homes can be used for cleaning a variety of materials. A dish detergent will not cause harm to the materials.
There are also certain stronger chemicals that are used for cleaning. The alcohol-based solutions are easily available at grocery stores. They can be used for cleaning the chair as well. Rubbing alcohol can be used for cleaning stubborn and deep stains.
Apart from the appropriate cleaning agents, you may also need a vacuum cleaner and/or some brushes and sponges. The brushes and sponges can be of different sizes and types and should reach the appropriate chair areas that require cleaning. A brush with appropriate ergonomics can clean the dirt and debris accumulated in the pockets.
Vacuuming or Dusting the Upholstery
Any excess debris or dust can be removed through a vacuum cleaner. You can also do the dusting by using an appropriate brush. A vacuum must be done on the fabric or the mesh upholstery, as the dust is ingrained deep within the material. The brush attachments can be used on fabric upholstery.
However, you need not vacuum PVC or PU artificial leather. You can clean it by using a microfiber cloth. Ensure that you dust/vacuum clean your chair upholstery once every week.
Use Cleaning Agents and Solvents
Once the chair’s upholstery has been cleaned, you now have to remove the stains and spills. However, before you proceed you should look at the back of the chair for the “S” or the “W” mark. If the chair has a tag with an “S” mark, it can be cleaned by using a solution carrying a solvent.
If the back of the chair has a tag with the “W” mark, you should be using a water-based solution for cleaning it. The “W” mark can often be found on chairs with faux-leather upholstery. It can be cleaned easily by using dish detergent and some warm water. However, do not force your movements and wipe away the dirt gently. Do not rub anything on the chair upholstery. You can use a brush for scrubbing the dirty spots on fabric upholstery.
Clean the Stains
While most of your chair and its accessories can be cleaned easily by the procedures listed above, the tough stains require some special treatment. Rubbing alcohol must be used for cleaning these stains. Test your rubbing alcohol first and then use it in small amounts for cleaning the stains. Gently rub the rubbing alcohol on the chair’s stains. However. if you find any damage do not proceed with it.
Clean the Rest of the Chair
Once the upholstery has been cleaned, the other parts and components of the chair should also be cleaned. You do not require any chemicals or special solvents for it. Mix some mild detergent in warm water. Now dip a soft sponge/cloth in the mixture and then clean the chair components including the base, armrest, and frame by using it. After the parts have been cleaned, you can use a dry cloth for drying them. You can also use your vacuum machines for cleaning the casters.
The above-given steps can help you clean your gaming chair. When you are at it, you can also tighten all of the loose screws as well. You must be cleaning your gaming chair once every week. A thorough clean-up can be done every month.