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Caring for Different Furniture Surfaces

Whether the office furniture you buy is new or used, taking good care of it will extend its life and ensure it looks good as new for many years. Many people are intimidated by the idea of caring for different types of furniture surfaces but, in reality, it’s pretty simply. Below are some easy methods for cleaning and caring for your office furniture.

Upholstery, Textiles, and Fabrics

Before cleaning any fabric-based piece of furniture, check the tag for special care instructions. Some types of cloth require a specific type of care or prohibit the use of certain chemicals or liquids.

Any cloth-covered furniture should be vacummed and dusted once a week. When the furniture requires more in-depth care, follow these instructions:

  1. Take the piece outside and let it air for several hours
  2. Once aired out, use the brush attachment and go over the entire piece with your vacuum
  3. Gently massage a foaming fabric/upholstery cleaner into all cloth surfaces
  4. Use a damp rag and gently stroke the piece in one direction, rinsing out the rag every so often
  5. If there is a deep stain, use more foaming cleaner and a hard-bristle brush to scrub the problem area
  6. Use your brush attachment to vacuum once more then leave outside to air dry


The biggest concern when cleaning leather is keeping it away from intense heat or light, as this can damage the material. Leather should be vacuumed regularly, but if you need to do a deeper clean, start by:

  1. Making a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water.
  2. Dip a rag in the mixture and wring it out so it is damp but not dripping. Wipe the piece with the rag while rinsing often to avoid spreading dirt and grime around.
  3. Wipe away any excess moisture with a clean, dry rag
  4. Enrich the leather by mixing one part vinegar with two parts linseed oil and rubbing it in well.
  5. Let the linseed oil mixture sit for 10 minutes before buffing out with a soft cloth
  6. Let the piece dry out of the sun and away from a heat source


The best course of action to take when caring for wood is start with a mild cleaner and work your way up to a stronger one. In general, no matter what kind of wood or finish, you want to avoid using water as a cleaner, as it can cause the wood to swell and warp. Begin cleaning your wood by:

  1. Using a soft, clean cloth to wipe away dust and dirt
  2. Boil three-quarters of a cup of linseed oil and mix well with one-quarter of a cup of turpentine. Use a soft cloth to gently rub this mixture into the wood while going with the grain. Work in a well ventilated area to avoid inhaling noxious fumes.
  3. Let the piece air dry
  4. Once dry, generously apply furniture wax while going with the grain. Buff with a clean cloth to remove excess wax

Following these helpful tips can ensure that the new and used furniture you purchase from Office Furniture Source will serve you and your office well for many work days to come! If you need additional help with cleaning or caring for your office furniture, contact us or give us a call at 972-242-1700.

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