To some, office furniture is just another business necessity; for others, it sets the tone and culture of the workplace environment. Whether it's a start-up or a Fortune 500 company, most organizations will need to spend dollars to support growing headcount and to change as the workplace requires. No matter the case, it can be a sizable investment for businesses.
Most of us have heard the saying, "If it isn't broke, don't fix it." But when it comes to office furniture, it's better to prevent potential issues caused by a lack of maintenance than to react to them.
In order to protect these investments, it's important for companies to take the time to care for furniture properly. Even if you aren't directly involved in the care of your organization's furniture, there are some things you can do at your own workstation to ensure the longevity of your investment.
Here are some things you should know:
1. Know the furniture finish. Before you do any maintenance on any furniture, be sure you know what finish it is. By knowing the material, you will have a better idea of the processes needed to ensure they're treated correctly. Wood and laminate are very different, and thus require their own respective approaches to maintenance. In the event you don't know your furniture's finish, it's best to contact your furniture dealer or the manufacturer.
2. Review what the manufacturer recommends. Chances are that your office furniture came with an owner's manual. If you can locate it, it should tell you how to go about maintaining your furniture, and if it's under warranty and in need of repair, how to get the item repaired by an authorized group. For example, the Herman Miller website has a complete section devoted to how you should care for the various furniture materials they use.
3. Clean pieces regularly. Office furniture may vary in material, price, and composition, but all office furniture can benefit from regular cleaning. Whether it's wiping up a spill or deeply cleaning upholstery, routine cleaning can help increase the longevity of your pieces as well as protect your employees' health. Upholstery, desk tops, and conference tables can harbor germs, spreading illness throughout the office. By regularly cleaning your pieces, you'll create a healthy, happy workplace for the long-term.
These are just a few tips to care for your furniture. What do you do to maintain your workplace investments?