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How Do I Maintain My Herman Miller Aeron?

Herman Miller Aeron Chair in office

Whether you’ve recently bought a brand new or a refurbished model from an authorized remanufacturing company, learning how to properly clean and maintain your office furniture can significantly lengthen its life expectancy.

If you’re asking yourself, “How do I maintain my Herman Miller Aeron chair correctly?” Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Below, we will discuss the following topics:

  • What cleaning equipment to use
  • How to clean mechanical parts of a Herman Miller Aeron chair
  • How to clean material parts of a Herman Miller Aeron chair

Scroll on for more details.

Equipment You’ll Need

Cleaning tools and materials

Before you proceed to clean your , there are a couple of things you need to gather first. Some of the cleaners you’ll be using may have ingredients or scents that may trigger allergies and other reactions.

Make sure to prepare the following:

  • Sponge
  • (lukewarm)
  • Paste wax (recommended: )

Once you’ve gathered all materials, you can proceed to follow the steps below.

How to Clean Mechanical Parts of a Herman Miller Aeron Chair

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Practicing proper maintenance and cleaning on your  will ensure it stays functional and serves its purpose for the years to come.

One of the most important parts to address on your Aeron chair is its mechanical parts.

Mechanical parts include the chair base, levers, swivel, casters, and cylinder pump.

Here’s how you can clean mechanical parts of your :

Step 1: Wipe the external parts of your Aeron Chair with a soft cloth soaked in a solution of alkaline lukewarm water and detergent.

Step 2: Remove suds with alkaline water and wipe the chair dry with a clean cloth.

Step 3: Spray joints, levers, swivels, casters, and the cylinder with an appropriate amount of lubricant.

Step 4: Use a clean cloth to carefully spread lubricant on respective areas.

Step 5: Allow the chair to dry thoroughly before using.

Extra Step: Polishing aluminum base. To bring back the gleam and shine of your Aeron chair aluminum base, apply paste wax on aluminum components. Follow the polish manufacturer’s instructions for best results.

How to Clean Material Parts of a Herman Miller Aeron Chair

Now that we know how to clean the mechanical parts of a , let’s move on to cleaning the material parts of the chair.

Material parts include the leather arm pads and the Pellicle® suspension material.

Cleaning leather arm pads


Herman Miller Aeron Chair - Arm Rest

For normal cleaning, you can wipe the arm pad surface with a clean dry cloth or vacuum it using an upholstery attachment.

If you notice any soiling or dirt on the leather arm pads, you can safely remove this with a clean cloth, soaked in a mixture of mild detergent and lukewarm alkaline water.

Warning: Don’t spot clean your chair’s leather arm pads as this may damage the material or cause it to break down more easily. As much as possible, try to clean the arm pad as a whole.

Cleaning spills and stains

In case of spills, it’s important that you:

Step 1: Wipe up the mess immediately after an accident happens. This prevents the liquid from settling deeper into your arm pad’s leather material.

Step 2: Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe the leather.

Step 3: Soak up any remaining moisture with a dry cloth pad then leave the chair out to air dry.

Warning: Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the affected area.

On the other hand, for stains, you can use a mild soap and lukewarm alkaline water solution to clean them out. Get a sponge and gently dab the affected area with the water and soap solution.

Rinse well with a clean sponge then let it air dry.

Cleaning oil and grease stains

Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

When cleaning oil off your leather arm pads use a dry, clean cloth to sop up any oil residue. Avoid wetting or washing the area with water.

Herman Miller also warns customers against using certain cleaning solutions such as the following:

  • Saddle soap
  • Ammonia
  • Varnishes
  • Oils
  • Furniture polishes
  • Abrasive cleaners
  • Detergents

These materials can ruin the leather finish.

Note: If spots and stains persist after a thorough cleaning, it may be time to call in a professional cleaner.

Cleaning the Pellicle® suspension material

 Handheld Vacuum for Pets, Cordless, Advanced Clean

For normal dirt and debris build-up, you can use a vacuum with an upholstery attachment for cleaning. Avoid using attachments with brushes or rotating brushes as this can cause the suspension material to wear.

Try not to use attachments that have teeth on the end, either.

Cleaning spills and stains

Concentrated Laundry Detergent

Don’t let spills dry up on the suspension material, as this can make it harder to remove. Use a sponge to soak up the spilled liquid.

To clean water-based stains, use a water-based cleaner K2R Spot Lifter or mild detergent mixed with lukewarm alkaline water.

Step 1: Take a clean cloth and dampen it with the solution.

Step 2: Carefully apply this to the affected area; avoid rubbing and scrubbing so you don’t end up ruining the material.

Step 3: Once all areas are covered, take a clean damp cloth and start dabbing on the spot to remove the dirt.

Step 4: Let air dry once done.

Alternatively, if you’re cleaning oil-based stains, it’s better to use a dry cleaning solution like the to get the job done.

Fabric Cleaner to remove, protect, and deep clean

Step 1: Put a small amount of the solution on a damp cloth and test it on a small area of your Aeron chair.

Step 2: If it doesn’t cause any ringing, spotting, or fading of the upholstery material, you can proceed to apply the solution to the whole affected area. When you start this process, make sure to work your way from the outside to the inside of the stain.

Step 3: Avoid oversaturating the material with the dry cleaning solution. This can cause permanent damage to the Pellicle® suspension material.

For best results, try to clean using several applications instead of just one heavy application.

Step 4: Once you’re through with the application process, use another clean cloth to soak up the solution residue on your chair. Let that air dry.

Step 5: When the water has fully evaporated, get your vacuum to clean up the rest of the debris.

Step 6: Repeat the process if needed.

Note: If spots and stains persist after a thorough cleaning, it may be time to call in a professional cleaner.

Final Thoughts

Herman Miller Classic Aeron Chair

Herman Miller makes it easy for their customers to clean and maintain their office chairs by providing them with complete maintenance guides and tips.

These documents can be found in the packaging your Herman Miller Aeron chair comes in.

You may also find them on the Herman Miller website.