Investing your time to clean and maintain school furniture in Melbourne can help you keep down your costs. You may have already seen examples of poorly maintained classroom furniture. Whether it is pen or pencil drawings, chewing gum stuck underneath tables and desks, poorly maintained furniture does not create an inspiring- learning environment.

When combined with other types of damage, it will create a bad impression of your school and can lead to furniture replacement having to be arranged more frequently. Read on as I share some tips for keeping your school furniture well-maintained and clean.

Pen marks

Pencil and pen marks are very common on school furniture and they can make furniture look unsightly. However, there are a lot of ways in which you can easily remove them using the items you have in your school that will not put a lot of pressure on your budget. For example, while vinegar is recommended, a cloth moistened with quality hairspray will still work.

You can also use baking soda and water and apply the mix to marks for fifteen seconds and remove it with a soft cloth. This will provide a natural alternative solution to your chemicals.

Removing grease stains

From stubborn fingerprints to sneaky snacking moments, greasy patches will always find a way of working into your classroom furniture, especially in classrooms with younger students. You can easily remove greasy patches from your furniture using methods recommended by educational furniture suppliers or by combining washing up liquid with water. Where possible, you should use reusable cloths over a paper towel to help the environment.

Removing chewing gum

This could be the worst maintenance job you can do because every school will always have some chewing gum under the chairs. There are a few ways to remove this irritating dirt. The best method is to put a sealed bag of ice over the chewing gum and let it rest for a few minutes to harden before scraping it and removing it using a putty knife. Duct tape can also be used to remove stubborn stains from chewing gum.

It is advisable to test new cleaning methods on a small area to ensure it does not have harmful effects on your furniture before using them on the entire furniture.


It is important to check classroom furniture throughout the year to prevent any significant damage from happening. Check your school furniture every few months to ensure screws, and fittings are in place and adjust them accordingly to prevent your furniture from breaking.

You should purchase lighter furniture if possible so that it can be easily lifted. This will reduce the likelihood of large items being dragged on the floor which can loosen the elements of your furniture and weaken joints. You should ensure that the weight of furniture accommodated by storage units and shelving is in a way that preserves the natural integrity of your school furniture in Melbourne. Come up with a maintenance policy that will detail how you’re your school furniture will be maintained and cleaned.