Yuck — What Your Furniture Says About Your Company

Wood Office Furniture

Worn down. Grimy. Tired. Outdated. In need of a face lift.

If your furniture is dirty, dinged, or blemished, that’s what your customers (or potential employees) may be thinking when they walk into your office.

First impressions last a life time, and if you don’t maintain your office furniture, those impressions can cost you money.

Luckily, we’re here to help.

Office furniture can be quite expensive, but it should also be a long-term investment. The goal is for office furniture to last for a while. However, desks, chairs, and workstations get used on a regular basis, picking up dings, scratches, and water marks over time. These blemishes reduce the value and even the durability of office furniture. More importantly, damaged office furniture creates a negative impression to potential clients.

Does your office furniture make a good first impression?

Customers expect a certain level of professionalism from their suppliers and partner-companies. Cluttered office spaces and damaged or soiled office furniture indicate that a company’s facilities are not well-kept. If a company can’t maintain its own space, then it can’t provide the best service to clients, either. In summary, clean and organized offices benefit the bottom line.

By maintaining your office furniture, you can extend your financial investment and make a good impression on customers.

So what’s the best way to combat wear-and-tear?

The best way to keep your office furniture and workstations clean and durable is to establish a maintenance routine. Simply wiping up spills and cleaning desk tops and conference tables once a week can prevent germs and dust from spreading office-wide. However, your office furniture can benefit from regularly scheduled professional cleaning and repair.

JK Moving Services has a team of professional furniture repair specialists ready to restore and clean any piece of furniture or workstation in your office.  Additionally, JK uses eco-friendly cleaning products with low to no odor to ensure your employees’ health and comfort. Our services include:

  • Buffing and polishing
  • Leather cleaning
  • Furniture repair and restoration
  • Color matching, touch-up, or complete refinishing
  • Joint stabilization
  • On-site precision repairs on scratches, gouges, and dents
  • Workstation panel and chair cleaning
  • Workstation surface cleaning and sanitizing

To schedule a no-obligation office furniture consultation, contact JK Moving Services at 703.260.4282 or FRS@jkmoving.com.

What should you do in between repair visits?

Cubicle Panel Cleaning

Cleaning cubicle panels is best left to the professionals. However, before the pros get there, help by removing thumbtacks and papers from the cubicle walls.

Wood Furniture Cleaning

Regularly dusting wood furniture will actually make it last longer as long as you don’t use abrasives or strong chemicals to clean it.

How should you clean wood furniture? Simply use a soft, clean cloth to wipe away surface dust. Then dampen the cloth with water and wipe the piece of furniture, removing any stuck-on grime. Dry with a clean cloth and then rub furniture oil into the wood in the same direction as the grain. Allow the furniture to air dry.

Metal Furniture Cleaning

Like fabric and wood furniture, metal furniture can collect dust. However, unlike fabric and wood furniture, metal furniture has the risk of developing rust.

How should you metal wood furniture? Start by applying the same steps as wood furniture. Simply use a clean cloth to wipe away surface dust. Then dampen the cloth with water and wipe the furniture, removing any stuck-on grime.

Here is where the processes differ. Make a cleaning solution of dish washing detergent and warm water. Scrub the surface of the metal furniture thoroughly then rinse the furniture and allow it to air dry.

Upholstered Furniture Cleaning

Upholstered furniture comes in all different shapes and sizes, covered in materials such as leather, vinyl, and linen. Before doing any DIY cleaning on upholstered furniture, read the cleaning tag and the manufacturer’s suggestions.

How should you clean upholstered furniture? As a general guideline, remove any loose dirt from the upholstery with a dusting brush or vacuum then identify stains. Steam cleaning works well for certain stains, like food, dirt, or coffee. Hard-to-lift stains may require chemical-based cleaners. If you’re not comfortable treating a stain, it’s best to call the professionals.

DIY cleaning can benefit the overall quality and cleanliness of your office.  However, it is not a substitute for professional maintenance or restoration services. A JK Moving Services representative will be happy to answer your questions and review your office furniture cleaning and repair needs. Contact our furniture repair team at 703.260.4282 or FRS@jkmoving.com.

If you have other office furniture cleaning tips, please leave us a comment below.


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