Caring for your furniture


Your office furniture is the unsung hero of your business. It’s there, day after day, putting in a shift without asking much in return. Your office furniture plays a pivotal role in setting the scene for a comfortable, productive, and beautiful office environment. Each piece contributes to the functionality and ambience of the workspace. ABM Furniture is a leading supplier of quality office furniture in the UAE, and we understand the importance of looking after these important assets. Let’s delve together into the best ways to look after your investment, and look at techniques for maintenance and care.

Scheduling regular maintenance days.
More than simply keeping office furniture clean and tidy, regular maintenance will help to preserve it’s value, increase lifespan, and ensure a productive and comfortable workspace for your employees.
Regular maintenance needn’t be a daunting task. For example, some customers schedule it along with planned office downtime, or regular cleaning schedules. This way, your pieces receive the care they need on a consistent basis

Environmental damage

  1. Proper placement of furniture: Avoid direct sunlight, or heat sources, for example. Sunlight can cause materials to warp and fade over time.
  2. Use of blinds and curtains: Try to control sunlight exposure in this way can be beneficial, for example with executive desks and office chairs, made from sensitive materials such as leather.
  3. Maintain appropriate temperatures and humidity: Extreme temperatures and humidity can cause damage, so maintain a consistent temperature.
  4. Regular cleaning: Dust and dirt can cause scratches on the surface of your furniture, regular cleaning not only keeps it looking it’s best, but also extends the lifespan.
  5. Protective covers: Use for furniture that’s not in use, to protect from environmental factors.


How to care for different office furniture materials

  1. Wood: Use a soft cloth and mild detergent. Avoid harsh chemicals that can strip the wood of its natural oils.
  2. Metal: Use a damp cloth and mild detergent. Avoid abrasive cleaners that can scratch the metal surface.
  3. Upholstery: Vacuum regularly to remove dust and dirt. Use an appropriate upholstery cleaner for stains.
  4. Glass: Glass desks and other glass surfaces should be cleaned with a microfiber cloth and glass cleaner. Avoid abrasive cleaners that can scratch the glass.
  5. Laminate: Use a soft cloth and mild detergent. Avoid soaking the surface as this can cause the laminate to warp or peel.
  6. Leather: Use a soft cloth and a leather cleaner. Avoid direct sunlight which can cause the leather to fade or crack.
  7. Fabric: Vacuum regularly and use an appropriate fabric cleaner for any stains.
  8. Plastic: Use a soft cloth and mild detergent. Avoid harsh chemicals that can cause the plastic to become brittle or discoloured.


Proactive measures for furniture care.

  1. Use coasters for drinks: Water rings can cause permanent damage to surfaces, especially wood. Encourage employees to use coasters for their drinks, particularly on executive office desks and meeting tables.
  2. Use chair mats: Chair mats can protect your flooring from scratches and wear caused by office chairs. This can be particularly beneficial in areas with high traffic, such as workstations and breakout areas.
  3. Use desk pads: Desk pads can protect the surface of desks from scratches and stains. They can also provide a comfortable writing surface.
  4. Avoid overloading shelves: Overloading shelves can cause them to sag or break. Ensure that items are evenly distributed on shelves and that they are not overloaded.
  5. Regular inspections: Regularly inspect your office furniture for signs of wear or damage. This can help you address issues before they become major problems.
  6. Proper lifting and moving techniques: Improper lifting and moving can cause damage to furniture and can also result in injuries. Train your employees on proper techniques to prevent such issues.
  7. Use of furniture pads: Furniture pads can be used to protect the floor when moving furniture. They can also prevent scratches and scuffs on the furniture itself.
  8. Avoid sharp objects: Sharp objects can scratch or puncture the surface of furniture. Encourage employees to be mindful of this, particularly when using knives or scissors near furniture.