There can be nothing more irritating than an office chair that creaks, squeaks or makes another annoying sound whenever you move – especially when it starts to irritate the people around you, too. Luckily, it only takes a few minutes to fix a chair that squeaks, and your colleagues will love you for it.

Firstly, you will need to kneel down on the floor next to your office chair and move it around until you can locate the source of the creak. The most common perpetrators are the swivel mechanism around the wheelbase, the sides and the back of the chair.

Secondly, you will need to apply a small amount of an appropriate spray-able lubricant to the part of the chair that is creaking. Try and find a lubricant that contains a fine-tip nozzle, as this makes it easier to get the spray exactly where you want it.

Thirdly, you will need to wipe away any excess lubricant using a soft cloth, which will prevent the spray from staining the upholstery of your office chair. You can move the chair back and forth a few times to work the lubricant into the swivel mechanism. Leave the chair to sit like this for a few minutes, then test it for any further creaking.

If you find that your office chair is still making any noise, you can apply another coat of lubricant to the affected areas. If the noise is still present after this, you can try applying the lubricant to the surrounding joints to see if this makes a difference.