Use & Care 


Use and care information for Steelcase systems furniture products 


Cleaning Laminate & Torus Edge Surfaces

  • Wiping with a damp cloth will remove general soiling and water-borne stains.
  • If needed, use a hard surface, all-purpose cleaner such as Formula 409, Fantastik, Top Job, Mr. Clean, etc.
  • Some oil borne stains may require the use of a dry cleaning fluid of naphtha.
  • To fill scratches in wood grain laminate tops, use an oak, walnut, or mahogany putty stick (available at paint supply and hardware stores).

Protecting Wood Surfaces

  • Use desk pads and coasters to help protect the finish against dents, scratches, moisture and hot and cold liquids. Do not use desk pads that have plastic backing.
  • Use felt or leather pads on the bottoms of office equipment and accessories.
  • Lift objects when you move them, instead of pulling or pushing them across the surface, to avoid scratching the surface.
  • Periodically move desk accessories and other objects kept on the work surface to ensure even aging.
  • Avoid leaving vinyl binders on worksurface for long periods.
  • If you use a protective glass top, insert felt pads between the glass and the worksurface to create an air space and allow the wood to breathe.
  • Keep your furniture away from direct sunlight.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures and humidity. Maintain temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent.

Cleaning Wood Surfaces

Keep a supply of soft, clean, absorbent cloths handy for wiping up spills and regular dusting.

Dusting: Clean with a slightly damp soft cloth, always using another soft cloth to dry. Always wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain.

Cleaning: Use a quality cleaner or flax soap formulated for use on wood surfaces. Do no use oils or ammonia. Dilute the cleaner as directed by the manufacturer. Dampen but do not saturate a soft cloth with the diluted cleaning solution. Wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain to remove dirt and fingerprints. Wipe the surface clean with a soft, dry cloth.

Waxing: Quality spray wax may be applied sparingly twice a year. Excessive waxing may result in a wax build-up which feels sticky and attracts and unusual amount of dirt. For information about how to remove this wax, contact your Steelcase dealer.

Hardware: Clean metal finishes with a non-abrasive cleaner. Apply the cleaner sparingly, making sure that it does not come into contact with the wood. Wipe the hardware dry with a clean, soft cloth.
Help with repair and maintenance: Wood is a "forgiving" material which usually can be repaired. If your worksurface is damaged, call your facilities department or Steelcase dealers.