In the post-COVID world where hygiene is crucial, employees and customers demand a clean gaming environment. People are fearful of getting sick, and so we have started talking about the ‘theater of clean.’ Cleaning gaming stools that have been upholstered with a fabric can be difficult as the material may contain dirt, sweat, food, drink, and other deposits. In this new theater of clean, gaming and hospitality venues are shying away from chairs with fabric upholstery and favouring easy-to-clean materials like vinyl and leather.
How do you go about cleaning your gaming stools?
General cleaning instructions for gaming stools
There is a huge array of fabric and vinyl upholstery options available for casino chairs and attempting to list them all as well as how best to clean them, is an impossible task. Stains do happen. Removing them can be difficult.
As a general rule of thumb, you should treat stains immediately before they become permanent. Use white towels, roller towel or an absorbent cloth to ‘blot’ the spillage. Keep blotting and changing the absorbent material until no more of the spillage or coloured matter is being removed.
1. Vinyl upholstery
Use clean water and a damp cloth to wipe away stains or spills. For more stubborn stains on the vinyl, a mild soapy detergent may be added. Use a soft microfiber cloth to gently clean the vinyl and avoid scratching it.
Never clean vinyl with harsh cleaning solvents, aerosol sprays, alcohol or chemical cleansers.
If you clean vinyl with a chemical or alcohol-based cleaner, it destroys the plasticizer in the vinyl and makes it hard and brittle, which causes it to crack and peel.
2. Cleaning Gaming Stools with Leather upholstery
The term ‘leather’ is often used interchangeably with vinyl, but the two are quite different. What is the difference between leather and vinyl? As a standard, we upholster all black seats of our VIP gaming stools in genuine leather.
As with vinyl upholstery, leather should first be cleaned with clean water using a damp cloth to wipe away stains or spills.
Use a soft microfiber cloth to gently clean the leather and avoid scratching it.
Make sure that you dry the leather thoroughly.
The next step is to use a leather cleaner and conditioner. Numerous types are available from the larger retailers like Coles and Woolworths. Follow the cleaning directions supplied with the leather cleaner.
3. Fabric upholstery
The variety of fabric upholstery options suitable for gaming stools is huge and trying to list how best to clean them all, is impossible.
Always follow the manufacturers’ cleaning instructions. If none are not available, then use the general guide to cleaning everyday stains on fabrics as suggested by Materialised. Pre-test all solutions on an inconspicuous area. When using liquid cleaners work from the outer ring of the stain toward the centre. Always rinse with clean water and blot dry to finish as detergent residue tends to attract soiling.
* If in any doubt, contact a cleaning specialist. Karo takes no responsibility for damage caused by using any of the above suggestions to clean your gaming stools.