Squeaky chairs are annoying not only to you, but to the other people in the room. Many people have the impression that a squeaky chair means that the chair is old and they have to replace it, but this isn’t the case.
The squeaks and creaks aren’t a symptom of a chronic condition so you can fix the issue and restore the chairs to its former perfect working condition. Here are tips on how to make office chair to stop squeaking:
Fixing squeaking due to loose bolts and screws
The screws and bolts will get loose if you have had your chair for a long time or you didn’t put your chair together correctly when you bought it. To tell whether the noise is due to loose bolts and screws, flip the chair upside down.
Using your fingers, wiggle each screw or bolt and if loose, tighten it using a screwdriver or crescent wrench. After tightening, flip the chair over, sit on it and go through the normal motions.
Is the chair still squeaking? Flip it back over and double-check whether you have tightened every bolt or screw. If all the bolts and screws are tight but still you experience some noise, the problem might be inside a joint or moving part.
Fixing noise due to squeaky joints or moving parts
If the squeaking is coming from the joints, you simply need to lubricate them. Oil is an excellent lubricant but if you don’t have it, get rid of the rust using homemade products such as vinegar.
Dip a brush or steel wool in vinegar then gently scrub the rust from the metallic parts. This method is effective in metallic chairs, so if you have a squeaky wooden chair, approach the issue following the tips given below.
Is the noise coming from squeaky springs? You simply need to tighten the tension and lubricate it.
Fixing noise due to moisture
If you live in humid areas, you might experience some squeakiness. You can use homemade products or apply the oil directly on the bolts and nuts. If you don’t like using the spray, rub the lubricating product on a piece of cloth.
Fixing squeaking wheels
Office chairs have different types of wheels. Standard wheels are inserted into the body of the chair via a metal post fixed to the top of the wheel.
Over time, the metal posts wear down, get loose, putting the wheel axles at the risk of suffering from squeak-inducing friction.
To fix the noise, flip the chair over and remove the wheels. You should then squirt them with silicone spray. Also, give the metal posts a good squirt too, ensuring that the spray gets to the post housing.
Glue the loose wooden joints
Do you have an annoying squeaky wooden chair? You can stop the noise by applying glue to the joints. Identify the loose joint and push wood glue into the joint and let it dry completely before you sit on the chair.
If the chair is wobbly, stabilize it by adding wood filler to the glue. This creates a thicker wood glue consistency.
Use the swelling wood liquid for weak chairs.
If the squeaky chair is too weak, remove the chair leg and inspect it. Sometimes the dowels shrink, causing the chair parts to get loose. When you apply the wood swelling liquid to the dowel, the dowel gets secure, and you have a strong, silent chair.
Replace the nails on the wooden chairs
If your chair is old, the nails might also be old; hence they might not be holding the chair too tight hence the squeaky noise. To reinforce the chair, remove the old nails and replace them with new ones.
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of removing the old nails, simply add new ones. When adding new nails, ensure they are long enough to secure the wood, but not too long to go through the other side of the wood.
Replace a chair that is beyond repair
If you have had your chair for a long time and you have tried quieting the noise without success, don’t stress over it anymore. Simply replace it with a new one.
When buying a new office chair, buy a high-quality one that will not only last for a long time, but one that is also comfortable hence will give you all the comfort you need in your work.
Some of the things you should look out for when buying the chair include: adjustable backrests, lumbar support, adjustable height, seat depth and width, quality armrests, sufficient padding, adjustment controls, and swivel and casters for easy movement.
A good quality office chair is one from a reputable brand and should come with a warranty.
Office chair maintenance tips
For you to keep your office chairs in top shape, you should take good care of them. To help you out, here are tips you should consider:
Tighten the fasteners
Whether your office chair has screws or bolts (or both), you should tighten them regularly. This is not only to stop the squeaking, but also to keep the chair stable.
If you are new with office chairs, refer to the owner’s manual to identify the location of the fasteners.
Some chairs have a few fasteners, whereas others have dozens of them. You should use a screwdriver to tighten them.
Remove gunk from casters.
As you are rolling on your chair, the wheels come across plenty of dirt and dust, fur from the carpet, hair, food, and other materials.
If you don’t regularly clean your chair, these materials slowly buildup and they may obstruct the chair from rolling effectively.
You don’t want this so you should flip the chair and remove any grime that might be there. For best results, use a vacuum and blow compressed air.
Once they are clean, you may lubricate them to ensure that they continue moving smoothly.
Use non-abrasive cleaners
Whether you are cleaning the leather or the wheels, use non-abrasive cleaners. This calls for you to use cleaners designed for your chair. If you have a vinyl chair, use vinyl cleaners.
Keep the chairs out of direct sunlight.
Direct sunlight can be an agent of harm for the chairs so you should keep them from direct sun rays.