How to Clean Herman Miller's Aeron Chair (Do's and Don'ts) - The Ergonomic Quest (2023)

Does your Herman Miller Aeron chair still look small?injuredand need some cleaning?

In this article, you'll learn how to clean your Herman Miller Aeron chair and what to avoid so you don't accidentally damage your (not cheap!) chair.

You'll get some specific guidance for each of the chair's main components, as well as cleaning tips for specific chair configurations (eg Remastered or Classic versions, leather or standard armrests, etc.).


How to clean the base, frame and arm pads of the Herman Miller Aeron

To remove dust or other debris (such as hair or food crumbs), first vacuum hard surfaces, including the base, frame and arm pads.

If you don't have a vacuum cleaner at hand or prefer something more agile, many users will turn to a handheld vacuum cleaner like thisSwiffer Dusterit is also good for removing dust from stools [1].

Then, Herman Miller [2] recommends washing the surface with a soft cloth moistened with warm water and a mild detergent. Rinse thoroughly and then dry with a soft cloth.

Avoid usingsolvent-based cleaning agentsor harsh kitchen cleaners.

How to Clean Herman Miller Aeron Mesh (aka Pellicle Suspension Material)

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routine cleaning

Vacuum the mesh material to keep your stool clean. When vacuuming the mesh, be sure to use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner so you don't damage the fabric and can clean effectively.

An upholstery attachment is usually a wide nozzle with a fabric strip to catch lint and other stray material. look at thisuseful articleto see what this attachment looks like to make sure you're using the right one.

Avoid brushing the fabric or using a vacuum cleaner with a rotating brush(i.e. continuation of "turbo brush" inthis article). Consequently, brushing could damage the pellicle suspension meshHerman Miller Aeron Care Guide.

Clean up spots or stains

If you are dealing with a stain that has not yet dried, wipe the stain with a soft cloth.

Avoid letting the stain dry completely or it may harden.Also keep in mind that the longer the stain stays or stays on the stool, the harder it will be to remove.

After vacuuming the first stain, apply a water-based cleaner or dry cleaning solution, depending on the type of stain.

Let's look at the two main types of stains and how to deal with each type.

Water-based stains (e.g. soft drinks, coffee, fruit juice or milk)

To remove water-based stains, use a water-based cleaner or mild, warm soapy water (not too much!).

Do the following:

  1. Rub the cleaner into the foam or soapy water using a damp cloth or sponge to remove the stain
  2. Absorb the foam/cleaning solution with an absorbent cloth or sponge
  3. Wipe off any residue with a clean cloth or sponge dipped in cold water

Avoid using hot water as this can set the stain. Also, avoid scrubbing - use gentle tapping or wiping instead.

Oil-based stains (such as grease, salad dressing, or lipstick)

For oil-based stains, use a dry cleaning solution instead of a water-based cleaner.

Adry cleaningThe solution uses an anhydrous liquid solvent to remove stains. Basically, the cleaning process uses a special chemical that is not water.

This is one specific dry cleaning product that Herman Miller recommends as suitableK2R stain remover[2]. If in doubt, give it a try.

To remove the stain, take a damp, clean cloth or sponge and do the following:

  1. First test the cleaning product on a small area of ​​the chair, away from the seat
  2. If there are no signs of fabric damage or unwanted stains, apply the cleaner to the stained area in quick, light motions. A few light strokes are better than overly aggressive use.
  3. Start on the outside of the stain and move towards the center in a circular motion
  4. Absorb the cleaning solution with an absorbent cloth or sponge
  5. Wipe off any residue with a clean cloth or sponge dipped in cold water
  6. Allow the fabric to dry and then vacuum it thoroughly

If you still cannot remove the stain, you may need to seek professional cleaning.

Avoid over-saturating the fabric of the chair with detergent or water. Also, avoid scrubbing too hard.These things can damage the pellicle mesh material.

Cleaning of large surfaces

If a large area of ​​the mesh of your Aeron chair is affected (more than a small stain), you may need to contact a professional cleaner.

How to clean a used Herman Miller Aeron chair

If you want to clear oneused chair AeronAnd don't just perform a routine cleaning of the device you've always owned, you may want to perform an extra level of deep cleaning.

With all the guidance provided so far, you may want to take out the chair frame and remove any debris that the previous owner left inside.

Instead of trying to explain the process step by step here, watch this YouTube video to see the process in action:

Reinigung des Herman Miller Aeron Classic vs. Remastered

You may be wondering if there are differences in the cleaning process between the Herman Miller Aeron Classic chairs and the newer Herman Miller Aeron Remastered chairs.

A comparison of Herman Miller official care instructions for bothclassicIRemasteredEditions, the entire cleaning process should be almost the same.

However, a new consideration for the Remastered chair is the use of more aluminum in the chair base. Therefore, there are a few additional cleaning steps to consider for this outlet.

How to clean the Aerona Remastered aluminum base

To clean the polished aluminum base of the Remastered Herman Miller Aeron chair, apply a pre-softened wax paste.

Herman Miller recommendsMeguiar's cleaning waxas a suitable option for the Aeron chair.

If you live in a humid place (eg near salt water), apply wax once a month.

Otherwise, you can wax every three months to keep your chair frame looking good.

How to clean the leather arm pads in the Herman Miller Aeron

If your Aeron chair uses leather arm pads instead of standard arm pads, there are a few additional cleaning details to consider.

routine cleaning

Vacuum regularly or wipe with a clean, dry cloth.

If the leather is a little dirty, you can wipe it with a soft cloth and mild soap. To wet a tissue, soak it in a little lukewarm water.

In this case,Avoid using cleaning products to wipe the hand pads as you would with standard hand pads. This is because cleansers can cause the surface of the skin to become sticky and crack [2].

After wiping the leather hand pads with a damp cloth, dry them with a new, soft cloth.

Avoid spot cleaning leather hand pads. Instead, wipe the entire surface of the pad to avoid stains.

Clean up spots or stains

If something has just been spilled, quickly wipe up the liquid with a clean cloth and allow the skin to air dry.

If stronger cleaning is required and the stain is not from a greasy substance (eg butter, fat or oil), wipe the entire surface with lukewarm water.

If the stain persists, try using a mild soap and a damp sponge. Be sure to rinse off the soap and let your leather hand pads air dry.

If the stain is from something oily, wipe the skin with a clean cloth and let the remaining oil in the skin disappear.Avoid using water to wash oil stains.

Avoid artificially drying the skin with a hair dryer or other heating device. Instead, as mentioned, let it air dry.

Also,Avoid using furniture polishes, varnishes, cleaning products or abrasives on leather hand pads, because they could damage the surface. Seethis Herman Miller guidefor a complete list.

How to clean Herman Miller Aeron wheels

To clean the wheels of your Aeron chair, do the following:

  1. Turn the chair over and remove the wheels
  2. Gently scrub the wheels with a soft cloth dipped in lukewarm soapy water
  3. Dry the wheels with a fresh, clean cloth
  4. Put the wheels back in the chair and stand it up

Now you can "rock" without the dirt from the wheels dirtying the floor!

To see this in action, watch this video on YouTube:

What NOT to do when cleaning your Herman Miller Aeron chair

To reiterate, to have a list of things not to do in one place, avoid the following when cleaning your chair:

  • Do not use solvents or abrasive kitchen cleaners as they can damage the chair
  • Brush the mesh or use a vacuum attachment with a rotating brush as this can permanently damage the mesh material
  • The stain is completely dry when it appears, which can cause it to harden
  • Use hot water to remove stains from the mesh, which can cause the stain to harden
  • Scrubbing or rubbing too hard when trying to remove a stain in mesh material
  • Excessive wetting of the fabric of the chair with water or another liquid solution, which can damage the material

Frequently asked questions

How do you clean the dust from the Herman Miller Aeron chair?

You can use a vacuum cleaner or such a handheld vacuum cleanerSwiffer Dusterto remove dust from your Aeron chair.

Should I scrub to remove a stain from a Herman Miller Aeron chair?

Avoid vigorous scrubbing to remove stool stains because, as mentioned earlier, this can damage the pellicle meshwork.

Instead, use gentler swiping or tapping motions as needed. For more information, see the relevant sections earlier in this article or contact an officerHerman Miller Grooming Guide.

Should I use hot water to remove stains from the Herman Miller Aeron chair?

Avoid using hot water to clean stains on the Aeron chair as this can cause the stain to sink further into the fabric.

Instead, try cold or lukewarm water as discussed earlier in this article.

Can I dry the leather hand pads with a hair dryer or other heat source after cleaning?

When drying your leather arm pads, stay away from hair dryers or other artificial heat sources (if your Aeron chair has a leather version instead of the standard arm finish).

These artificial heat sources are not good for preserving your skin. Instead, dry the hand pads after wiping them.

Can I use detergents, varnish, cleaning solvents or furniture polishes on Aeron leather arm cushions?

Avoid such "chemical" leather cleaning solutions that are not water-based. As mentioned, they can damage the finish and are not recommended.

If necessary, wipe the leather hand pads with mild soap.





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