Care Tips for Long-Lasting Classroom Furniture
Posted by Abaxkingfisherau on July 1st, 2020
Good teaching needs good classroom furniture, which keeps students comfortable and safe without posing any distractions. Teachers will know however that with so much energy in the classroom, it’s easy for furniture to become stained or damaged. Here are some tips to follow to ensure each piece of furniture in your classroom can stay clean and undamaged, and to help it last for a decade or more.
Students likely spend the most time in class at their desks, which over time can become scuffed or stained. The important thing to recognise is that most classroom tables, as well as other wooden furniture such as cupboards, are finished with a melamine surface to prevent lasting staining or splintering. This surface means that most common classroom spills such as fruit juice, pen ink or liquid paper will come off once wiped with a damp cloth, with just water and a weak, alcohol-based solvent. Care should be taken not to damage or scratch the finish: this means scours, steel wool and abrasive, bleach-based cleaning products should be avoided, as these can make the surface more susceptible to future stains.
Classroom chairs are usually built from a lightweight yet strong plastic called polypropylene, so that they are easy to move around yet provide enough support for your students. Chairs made of thicker material and with more robust connections to their legs, such as the Abax Kingfisher range, are designed to hold their shape longer and support more weight. Polypropylene is relatively stain-resistant, and like the classroom tables, should be cleaned with nothing more abrasive than a damp cloth and a weak solvent. Most teachers will have stories about students who damage equipment by rocking on chairs, which can be easily prevented by purchasing higher quality furniture and instructing students to respect school property. One way this can be enforced is by giving students responsibility of their classroom’s cleanliness – if they know how to clean stains off furniture and inform the teacher of spills as they happen, the result is longer lasting furniture as well as a more orderly classroom.
Upholstery with leather or fabric surfaces should be treated with more care, as they can be easily damaged compared to classroom desks or chairs. Leather chairs should ideally be kept to staffrooms or in areas away from high student use. Students should be careful not to scratch or pierce the leather with anything hard or sharp, such as jewellery, stationery or plastic clips from a backpack. The same is true for fabric, and additional precautions should be taken with stains for fabric as well. Spills of ink, juice or other non-water liquid must be addressed immediately on fabric surfaces using water and diluted stain remover to prevent rings from forming.
Classroom furniture should be seen by schools as a long-term investment, and students and staff should be informed of how to keep their environments clean and well maintained. Spills and stains should be addressed as quickly as possible, before they have time to dry out. Harsh and abrasive cleaning products should be avoided, so that the longevity of your school’s furniture can be preserved.Also See: Classroom Furniture, Fabric Surfaces, Damp Cloth, Classroom Tables, Furniture, Classroom, Students
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