Chair mats always come handy to protect the most expensive and amazingly beautiful floors we have in offices or homes. The perfect carpets that match the best of our interiors hence sometimes even adding to the interiors. Chair mats can help you protect the wear and tears to your carpets or the slid marks on your hard floors. Some of the chair mats even can reduce the sounds hence, they can act as a good sound absorbent. It is perfect to have chair mats for your places because it comes with great benefits.
However, chair mats after a while might smell or get dirty due to the constant usage. If you keep the chair mats in offices, due to regular stepping of shoes on them might bring dirt. Also, the dust from the atmosphere may just get settled on it if they are being used for longer durations. We come up with the method to help you out keep your chair mats last long just like new one. The chair mats might turn yellow due to the usage of them for a long time without a wash.
Cleaning chair mats is a very easy task and could be performed by yourself or by anyone you could hire. All you need to know is how to do it perfectly. Here, we are, to help you out with the same. We have compiled the process into steps for you to easily follow them.
Steps to clean chair mats
Get some mild soap from the store, it could be the one you use for regularly washing your clothes or you can also have the once specially dedicated to clean the mats. Mix the mild soap with warm water. It is advisable to use warm water rather than cold water because cold water might just not be able to act on the stuck dirt very well. Avoid using hot water, this may lead to damage of your chair mat. The reason is that they are made of the polycarbonate materials, cannot bear very high temperatures. This is also one of the reasons it is advisable not to keep your chair mats at places where there is direct sunlight.
Use a damp cloth to apply the soap solution on both sides of the mats. You can also use a small brush to do the cleaning but make sure that the brush is not very hard or doesn’t have poky ends. It might cause damage to your chair mats otherwise. Use a soft brush to clean the lower portion of the chair mat, especially if you have one with spikes at the lower portion to keep your mat in place. It is very necessary to remove the dirt that gets between the spikes of the mat. They lead to a foul smell later on.
Once you are done removing all the dirt and applying soap, rinse off the soap along with dirt carefully. You should be careful about the pressure you use to throw water for rinsing, the water pressure should be low else the holding capacity of the mats may decrease. It is advisable to use warm water for doing this too.
It is very necessary to dry the chair mat properly. If the chair mats don’t dry completely then they might stink or change color over the time. Also, one must take care that these chair mats shouldn’t be dried in sunlight. You should not hang the chair mats. Place the washed wet chair mats over a dry cloth. You should avoid putting the wet mats in drier. Once all the soaked water is off, you should keep the chair mats at least one day before you use them again.
Before placing the chair mats back to their place you need to ensure the following to keep your place tidy and healthy:
- Clean the legs of the chair properly. You can use a dry and damp cloth with a little warm water and soap for the same. Remember that you should also clean all the dirt stuck in the chair wheels before placing the mats beneath them. You can use various brushes for doing this.
- Make sure that the carpet or the floor is clean enough. Once you place the chair mat, it will be days that the portion below them would be cleaned. So, make sure that you get it cleaned before placing the mat.
- Ensure that the mats have dried completely.
Hurray!! The process is complete. You can now use the chair mats as before. Place the chair mats on their positions back. Make sure that the dust from their upper surface is at least removed regularly. This helps to reduce the duration needed between two consecutive washes.
Just to help you out, you should ensure that the places where these chair mats are placed should not have very high temperatures. Neither they should have very low temperatures. Avoid using the mats in sunlight. Doing this leads to the inappropriate behavior of the mats. It as well reduces the life of the mats.