Stacking Chair Maintenance

May 10, 2019

It is fair to say that when it comes to the organisation and interior design of function and event spaces, one of the best and most valuable innovations in the sector has been the invention of the stacking chair. Offering greater flexibility in how you can use your venues, the sheer amount of space that stacking chairs offer over bulky, non-stacking chairs is unbeatable when it comes to making the most out of a certain space. Because of this, owners should proactively and retrospectively put effort into maintenance. The increased popularity of stackable chairs has led to countless different types and designs being made available to consumers, and as with any type of furniture, the level of maintenance required very much depends on the materials used. To help you with your own efforts, here are some great tips for stacking chair maintenance according to the type of materials and fabrics used.

Wood

The majority of wooden chairs will have a durable clear matt lacquer finish, which makes them able to withstand a lot of general wear and tear, but you do need to be careful with certain factors. Solid woods can expand and shrink in conditions of humidity and damp, so think about stacking your chairs in a dry place, away from any points of potential moisture like radiators and sinks etc. Any spillages need to be wiped up as quickly as possible to prevent penetration through the finish into the wood itself.

Steel

There are a number of polishes and cleaners that are suitable for keeping steel leg chairs in good condition, but there are a few caveats to keep in mind. Do not use a strong acid solution or a really abrasive liquid for cleaning as these will not keep the steel in its original condition. Do not use a steel wool sponge or a steel brush to clean, because this connection and damage can lead to rust. Do not use stackable steel chairs in an outdoor setting unless they have been specified for exterior use.

Chrome

When cleaning chrome chair furniture, always use a soft cloth or a sponge with warm water and a mild liquid detergent. You can use a standard furniture polish to bring the chrome back up to its original shine. When attempting to remove any stubborn stains or blemish on the chrome, the best thing to use is a solution of vinegar or alcohol on a soft cloth. You can also sprinkle some baking soda on the vinegar soaked cloth for extra cleaning properties.

Plastic

Plastic chairs are arguably the most common type of stacking chairs, and they are affordable and easy to clean. In extreme cases you can use bleach to restore the chairs to their original true colour brilliance: just mix up a solution of bleach and hot water and use a medium abrasive scrubbing brush to get rid of any discolouration. Another, less chemically aggressive idea for cleaning plastic chairs is another warm water solution, this time using vinegar instead of bleach. Something else to consider with taking good care of plastic chairs is that they, more than any other type of chair, can be prone to sustaining impact damage. Try to be as gentle as you can when stacking them to avoid chips and breaks in the plastic.

Velvet

Velvet can be a very delicate fabric to work with. The first thing to do when cleaning is to use a handheld vacuum to suck up any debris and dirt that might be settled within the fabric fibres. What you then will need is some soapy water and an absorbent cloth to remove stains. Just like leather, it is best to leave velvet chairs to dry naturally before stacking. The care tips for velvet chairs can also be applied to fabric chairs.

 

Manufacturers will usually advise on the best maintenance for their stacking chairs so follow these tips along with their advice.