Care and Maintenance

Basic maintenance should be done on your chair’s upholstery, finishes, controls, base, and other moving parts once a year – and more frequently if the chair is subjected to heavy use.

Cleaning painted, plastic, and vinyl and chrome surfaces

Clean frequently. Apply household cleaner (such as Fantastik® or 409®) and wipe dry with a clean, soft cloth. For more stubborn chrome marks, use a non-abrasive chrome cleaner. On high-gloss, smooth plastic finishes (such as the Player chair frame), use a light rubbing compound (such as Turtlewax® rubbing compound) to polish minor surface marks.

Cleaning wood finishes

  • Steelcase wood products are protected by a stain-resisting finish.
  • For normal cleaning, wipe surface with a soft, damp (not wet) cloth.

Maintaining upholstery

  • Use a vacuum cleaner for regular cleaning. Do not steam clean. Periodic professional dry cleaning is recommended.
  • To remove excess stains or heavy soil on upholstery
  • Soak up excess stain with a cloth. Do not dry the stain completely or it may set.
  • For most water-borne stains (coffee, fruit juice, washable ink), use an upholstery cleaning solution (such as BISSELL Upholstery Shampoo® or Guardsman Fabri-Kleen®) and follow package directions.
  • For oil-borne stains, use a dry-cleaning solution at room temperature (never hot) and allow solution to work into stain.
  • Using quick, light strokes, brush stain with a soft bristle brush. Work from outside toward the center to prevent rings.
  • Avoid vigorous rubbing which may damage the nap or force the stain more deeply into the material.
  • Soak up remaining dry-cleaning solution and sponge the fabric with cool water. Allow fabric to dry completely, then vacuum thoroughly.
  • If stain is still evident, repeat procedure. Several light applications of cleaning solution are more effective/less damaging than one heavy application

Maintaining leather upholstery

Dust occassionally with a clean, dry cloth. Most stains can be removed by applying a mild soap to a damp cloth, working up thin suds, then rubbing it gently over the stain. Rinse with a clean damp cloth then wipe dry. Never use furniture polishes, oils, varnishes or ammonia on leather. Some cleaning products may cause discoloration and should be tested in an inconspicuous area before using.


Caster pintles should be lubricated once or twice a year.

Cleaning chair glides

When chairs with glides are used, the glides should be cleaned of dirt and waxed regularly to avoid build-up. Apply household cleaner and wipe dry with a clean, soft cloth.

Lubrication of pneumatic column

Turn chair over, remove retaining clip, lift base straight up and off the column. Wipe off the old grease and brush or wipe on a thin layer of high-quality, multi-purpose grease. (Do not use spray lubricant as this can run down and stain the floor.) For best performance, lubricate periodically.

Changeable components

  • The upholstery cushions, arm caps, casters and optional pneumatic cylinder are field replaceable on your chair.
  • Please see your Steelcase dealer for instructions.

Seat height fine-tuning (Drive chair only)

If seat height lowers or raises unintentionally, loosen bright zinc screw located under seat ( ½ turn at a time) until seat height operates as desired.


Steelcase chair products are covered by existing and/or pending U.S. patents. Steelcase products may also be covered by patents in foreign countries.

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