Office chair caster wheels can accumulate debris over time, including hair, dust, paper, and more. This debris can eventually clog up wheels and cause maneuvering problems.
The most popular office chairs tend to vary wildly when it comes to the design and implementation of their caster wheels. Any dirt like hair on the wheels will affect how your office chair moves or how the office chair fits, which will reduce your productivity. In other words, there is no “one size fits all” solution to cleaning up clogged wheels. We do, however, have some general guidelines and tips.
Many modern office chairs feature removable casters, which can be screwed off or popped off easily.
Here are a number of steps to take to clean hair and related gunk from the wheels of your office chair. Learning how to correctly clean and maintain your office chair will increase its longevity.
Many modern office chairs feature removable casters, which can be screwed off or popped off easily. Removing these casings should be your first step, as this will allow easy access to wheels themselves to apply cleaning fluid. Some casters may require the use of a screwdriver for removal. If that is the case, place the screwdriver between the chair leg and the base of the caster. Then, gently push until the caster is removed. Not all chairs feature removable casters, however, so you may have to flip the chair around and access the wheels that way.
A simple way to remove hair and debris from a caster wheel is to use the duct tape method. Duct tape is a simple household item that most consumers already own, so this method also saves money. Roll a section of the tape out on a finger with the sticky side facing out. Place the duct tape on any debris or hair located on the caster wheel, and then pull swiftly. Chunks of hair should easily come off. Repeat the procedure as needed. It’s an effective method for removing cat hair from wheels as well.
Not all chairs feature removable casters, however, so you may have to flip the chair around and access the wheels that way.
If the wheel is too clogged up for duct tape to have much of an impact, then you may need to use clippers and tweezers to shred away tufts of hair and related debris. Use a pair of clippers to cut the hair into sections and then use the duct tape method described above. Tweezers are also a great solution, as they can easily reach into the cracks of the wheels to remove deeply embedded hair and debris. Once all of the hair has been removed, you can simply wash the wheels with a cleaning solution of warm water and soap. If you still find mobility issues with your chair then perhaps you need to fix your chair by drilling a hole in the bottom of the office chair.
STAT: Most office chairs tend to come standard with 2” to 2.5” wheels. (source)