How to Fix a Squeaky Office Chair

Even if your office chair is very comfortable and stylish, it becomes an annoyance if it starts squeaking. Your chair may start squeaking when springs attached to it begin to wear and other connectors, such as nuts and bolts, start to loosen. Generally, it takes years for a chair to start squeaking. Nonetheless, you can fix this by following some simple steps.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Drop cloth
  • WD (Water Displacement) 40 or spray silicon
  • Clean towel
  • Gloves
  • Face mask
  • 1 can of compressed air

Step 1 – Inspecting the Office Chair

Inspect all the parts of your office chair and find out the exact place where the squeaking sound comes from. The usual point of squeaking is where the springs are attached to the seat. However, check the other joints as well. At times, it is due to loose nuts and bolts as well.

Step 2 – Wear Proper Gear

WD 40 is an oil-based lubricant, making it difficult to remove from your hands and clothes. Wear appropriate clothes when handling WD 40. Also, put on gloves to protect your hands.

Step 3 – Prepare the Area for Spraying WD 40

First of all, choose a well ventilated area. Spread your drop cloth on the ground. The drop sheet is used to capture the mess. Make sure the drop cloth covers the area properly. Place your chair on the drop sheet.

Step 4 – Tighten the Nuts and Bolts

Turn the chair over. The legs of the chair are connected to the seat using several bolts and screws. If any of these nuts or bolts is loose, they may be the source of the squeaking. Check if there are any loose nuts or bolts. If so, tighten them properly. Even if they aren't particularly loose, it's a good idea to give them a quick turn as long as you're doing maintenance on the chair.

Step 5 – Spray the Compressed Air

Compressed air is used to remove dirt and dust. Spray it on your squeaky office chair generously. While spraying compressed air, move the seat backward, forward and swivel it around to ensure that all the dust and dirt trapped inside the spring is removed.

Step 6 - Spray WD 40 or Spray Silicon

Spray the oil on the spring. Then, swivel the chair around, so that the oil reaches every nook and corner. Wipe off excess lubricant with a clean towel. Avoid using the oil excessively, as this can affect the lifting mechanism of the office chair.

Step 8 – Repeat the Process

Once you have sprayed the lubricant, let it sit for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, check the chair again for any squeaks. If there is any squeaking, reapply the lubricant again and repeat the same process. Continue the process until your squeaking office chair doesn't squeak.