How To Clean Office Chair Casters

As you roll around the office in your office chair, your journey will likely become slower and slower before grinding to a halt. In this case, it is likely that your office…

As you roll around the office in your office chair, your journey will likely become slower and slower before grinding to a halt. In this case, it is likely that your office chair’s caster wheels have become clogged with hair, dirt, and other floor debris. You may consider replacing your office chair casters, but cleaning them is not as hard as you think. You will find a step-by-step method on how to clean office chair casters below. 

Remove the Casters

The first step in cleaning your office chair’s casters is to remove them from the chair. How you do this depends on the type of stem that the casters have. A threaded (screw-on) stem caster can be easily screwed off and a grip stem caster can be pulled off. Try unscrewing the caster or pulling the caster to see which method works. If your chair’s wheels swivel, it’s likely that your office chair has light to heavy duty swivel caster and you will have to grab a screwdriver and unscrew each caster plate from the chair. 

Cleaning the Wheels

Yes, you can use your fingers or duct tape to pull debris out from the inside of the caster, but these thicker tools will likely not be able to reach very far into the caster. Thinner tools, such as tweezers, small knives, or seam rippers, will be more effective in reaching in, finding, pulling out and cutting away the debris. To clean the outside of the caster, you can use a knife, or perhaps a small scrub brush, like an old toothbrush, to clear away the gunk. Once you’ve done this, you may want to further clean your wheels by soaking them in hot, soapy water for 10 minutes, spraying them with a hose and/or rubbing them with surface cleaner and then rubbing alcohol. 

After drying the wheels thoroughly with a hairdryer or cloth (failing to do this will likely cause the casters to rust or attract more debris), you can now reattach your casters. Do this by performing the opposite technique that you used to remove the casters (i.e. re-screw threaded stem casters and push grip stem casters back in). It may also be a good idea to spray some lubricant in the inner part of the wheel to keep them rolling smooth. Test your chair by rolling it across the floor. Once you are satisfied, you are free to enjoy your newly smooth ride.