How To Clean Home Office Chair Wheels

If your home office chair isn’t moving properly, it’s time to clean the wheels before you injure yourself. 

So, this is how to clean your home office chair wheels easily and safely. 

The good news is that this isn’t a difficult process and as long as you have reasonable levels of mobility in your upper body, you can do this on your own. 

However, if you think you might struggle at all – don’t risk hurting yourself, ask someone for help.


You will need a butter knife (or other relatively blunt knife of a similar size), some kitchen cleaner, some spray on lubricant, some cloth, some cotton swabs and some tweezers to hand while you work.  

Step 1 – Turn The Chair Over

It’s easiest to do this if you’re sitting in another chair facing the one that you intend to clean. 

Just turn the home office chair upside down so that the wheels are pointing up at you and are easy to get to. 

Step 2 – Get Rid Of Any Large Debris

Grab that knife and gently scrape any debris that is stuck to the wheels off of them. 

The knife should easily slide into the wheel cover and through any slots on the wheels, if it doesn’t? Use a smaller knife.

This should clear out anything that’s impeding the action of the wheel. 

If there is any hair caught up on things? You can use tweezers to get it off. 

While you could remove the wheels from your chair for this step, we don’t recommend it, you might slip and hurt yourself when scraping a wheel close to your body.

Step 3 – Take The Wheels Off

Now, take the wheels off. In our experience most office chairs are designed so that the wheels easily pull off but some may need a screwdriver.

Step 4 – Clean Them

Use that cloth and kitchen cleaner now and give them a fine going over. 

Also clean inside the wheel covers and if your fingers don’t fit? Use the cotton buds to do it. 

Step 5 – Dry Them

You don’t want any part of the wheel to rust or for moisture to be stuck inside the housing, so just wipe the wheels and wheel housing dry before you put it back together (you can even use a hair dryer, if you want).

Step 6 – Lubricate The Wheels

Take a spray on lubricant and spray the inside of each wheel, if there’s a bit too much on there, just wipe it off.

Step 7 – Put The Wheels Back On

This is the final step, nothing too taxing so far, right? Just pop the wheels back on the home office chair, turn it upright and enjoy! 

Final Thoughts

Cleaning your home office chair wheels is very easy if you know how, however, if you’ve tried the above and your wheels are still not moving properly? 

Then you may need to replace them or replace the chair. 

If you’re trying to make your office chair more comfortable you may also find our articles on why your home office chair is causing you back pain and how to adjust an office chair useful.

If, on the other hand, your office chair is beyond repair now, why not treat yourself to an awesome sustainable home office chair? 

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