As organizations around the world seek to understand what the post-Covid-19 workplace looks like, we know that many will have questions around the cleanability of products, particularly those within compact and high-traffic areas.
Fortunately, with the recommended options and surface materials, Coalesse products can be easily cleaned and disinfected to ensure employees feel safe and welcome in their return to the office. Below are cleaning guidelines and specification tips for Coalesse products and surface materials.
The following guide is specific to Coalesse products offering a range of crafted materials. For any unmentioned or standard materials (including, laminate, veneer, and powder coated surfaces), please refer to the Steelcase Inc. general cleaning guide and recommendations here.
Under normal use, clean with soft cloth dampened with water. For spots and spills, we recommend professional cleaning. For COM, refer to the specific cleaning instructions recommended by the fabric supplier.
Bleach cleanable fabrics are suggested. A matrix of available graded-in and standard fabrics for Coalesse products is available at the end of this page.
Coalesse standard faux leather finishes (including Destiny, Finesse, Prestige, Panache, Ovation, and Elegance) can be cleaned with diluted bleach in a 10:1 ratio.
Under normal use, clean with soft cloth dampened with water. For spots and stains, use the recommended mixture of Woolite® and water. Rinse with clean water and air dry.
The LessThanFive chair can be cleaned repeatedly with 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol and non-abrasive common cleaners (such as 409). Tip: Do not use paper towel or abrasive cleaners on LessThanFive.
For removal of indigo from denim, use isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) with a soft cloth.
To remove small scratches on the high gloss chairs (Carbon Weave, Red Fade, and Copper), only wax-based paste, like SC Johnson Paste Wax or Trewax Clear Paste Wax, can be used. Waxing is not recommended for matte chairs (Light Fade, Dark Fade, and Blue), as this will change the matte finish of the chair.
The Coalesse Free Stand Table frame and soft-touch surface can be cleaned with a range of cleaners, as well as 10:1 diluted bleach.
Remove loose dirt with soft bristle brush or hose down with cold water. Clean with mixture of water and mild soap. Rub in mixture with soft brush and allow to thoroughly soak into fabric. Rinse thoroughly with cold water and air dry. Never use water over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not machine dry. For light cleaning, avoid using detergents.
For stubborn stains use mixture of one gallon cold water, 1/2 cup bleach and 1/4 cup mild soap for one hour.
Detergents can be used without harm, though they may remove some of the water and stain resistant properties in the fabric.
Clean with warm water and soap. Wet sponge and wipe fabric. Household cleaners such as Windex® may be used. Do NOT use cleaners containing bleach.
Under normal use, regular dusting and vacuum cleaning are all that is necessary. For spots and spills, wipe excess liquid immediately. If necessary, use lukewarm water cleaning the entire area where spot occurred and air dry. For stubborn spots or stains, use a solution of mild non-detergent soap and air dry. For butter, oil, or grease, wipe excess with dry cloth and then leave alone. The spot will dissipate into the leather. Do not apply water.
Use commercial cleanser and polish, according to manufacturer’s directions.
Under normal use, clean with Windex and soft cotton cloth.
Chairs and table bases should be cleaned with a liquid detergent and water. Remove stubborn stains with liquid cleanser, such as Formula 409®.
Clean with soap and water. For stubborn stains, use a non-abrasive household cleaner.
Store in an enclosed and dry area during winter to avoid condensation. Before winter and regularly every quarter, clean the metal surfaces with a cloth dipped in water or detergent and protect them with Vaseline oil or car polish. Do not use ethyl alcohol or detergents that contain even in small quantities acetone, trichloroethylene, or ammonia (or solvents in general). When storing tables, do not stack them or put the tabletops in direct contact with each other. Handle the seats with care when stacking them to avoid damaging the varnished surfaces.
Finishes on table bases should be cleaned with a commercial powder, liquid, or paste metal cleaner and polish. Follow the manufacturer’s directions.
Clean regularly with mild soap and water and dry with a soft cloth. Tip: Never use ammonia-based cleaners or wax on wood surfaces.
Oil/White Pigmented Oil: Wipe clean with damp cloth. Wood should be treated twice per year on all surfaces, or as needed to remove scratches and stubborn stains. Stain/Varnish, Clear lacquer, CHS Color: Wipe clean with damp cloth.
Under normal use, clean with soft cloth dampened with mild soap solution. For stubborn stains and spills, a sponge or soft brush may be used with mild non-abrasive cleaner.
Clean regularly with mild soap and water. Dry with a soft cloth.
Tables should be inspected and maintained regularly by tightening screws and bolts, inspecting casters and glides for damage, and inspecting all moving parts for damage and wear.
When specifying Coalesse products, there are many ways to accommodate for frequent cleaning, movement, and storage of products as a result of Covid-19. We recommend:
Coalesse products are available with or without upholstery and upholstered inserts. It is recommended to specify no upholstery or limited upholstery on these products. If using upholstery, specify a bleach-cleanable fabric. Applicable Coalesse products include:
Product may need to be moved frequently to align with changing Covid-19 spacing guidelines. Therefore, it is recommended to choose a 5-star base on products if it is available, rather than fixed bases. Applicable Coalesse products include:
In addition to easy movement, short and longterm storage may also be a factor in accommodating for Covid-19 spacing guidelines. Consider products that stack for easy storage and offer a dolly for transport. Applicable Coalesse products include:
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