Can Bean Bag Filling Get Wet?

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From the cozy corners of a casual living room to the dynamic environments of outdoor patios, bean bags offer a unique combination of comfort, functionality, and aesthetic appeal. But with their increased use in diverse settings comes an important question: can bean bag filling get wet, and if so, what are the implications for their longevity and comfort?

In the quest for comfy furniture, it's crucial to understand the different types of bean bag fillers and care strategies that ensure our favorite chairs remain in top condition, regardless of accidental spills or weather challenges. Whether facing a sudden downpour during an outdoor gathering or dealing with an indoor spill, knowing how to properly care for your bean bag can make all the difference.

Outdoor Bean Bags

Outdoor bean bags are designed to be more resilient and durable to accommodate various weather conditions, including rain. The main concern with outdoor bean bags is whether their filling can handle getting wet without damage or degradation. Some outdoor bean bags are filled with materials like polystyrene beads, which are lightweight and moisture resistant. This makes them quick to dry and resistant to mold and mildew.

The covers of outdoor bean bags are equally important. They are typically made from waterproof or water-resistant fabrics that protect the inner filling from getting wet. Materials like polyester, which is often treated with a waterproof coating, are common choices for their ability to repel water and ease of cleaning.

CordaRoy's has gone a step further with our outdoor bean bag, creating a product that's not just resilient but virtually invincible against the elements. Tested in the demanding climates of Florida—where heat, sunlight, and salt are ever-present challenges—CordaRoy's outdoor bean bag promises unmatched durability and comfort. 

Additionally, instead of the traditional marine-grade fabrics that deteriorate over time, CordaRoy's uses top-tier marine-grade materials designed to resist mildew and UV damage. Our outdoor bean bags even feature a dryfast polyfoam filling, which is slightly different from the filling used in our indoor bean bags. The dryfast polyfoam filling contains larger internal cells that allow water to flow through effortlessly, making our outdoor bean bags more suitable for outdoor use with its water-repellent exterior and moisture-resistance filling. 

Indoor Bean Bags

Indoor bean bags offer a quintessential touch of comfort and versatility to any room, be it a cozy corner in a bedroom or a snug nook in the living room. Unlike their outdoor counterparts, this type of bean bag typically does not come with built-in waterproof features, given their intended use in protected indoor environments where exposure to the elements is not a concern. However, spills, stains, and accidents can happen anywhere, prompting the need for protective measures to ensure the longevity and freshness of your bean bag.

To protect your investment, CordaRoy's suggests covering your bean bag in additional layers of defense, such as sheets or blankets. However, for those looking for optimal protection without compromising on comfort, CordaRoy's offers a more refined solution: our bed protector

This accessory is designed to provide waterproof protection to both sides of your bean bag bed, ensuring spills and accidents don’t translate into lasting damage. Our bed protector is not only waterproof but also breathable, featuring side panels that allow air to circulate, thus maintaining the comfort and integrity of your bean bag over time.

Can You Wash Bean Bag Foam Filling?

A common question among bean bag owners is whether the foam filling inside can be washed. It's important to understand that while bean bags are designed for comfort and durability, not all components are suited to the same types of care. Specifically, when it comes to CordaRoy's bean bag chairs, the covers are indeed washable, but the foam filling inside requires different handling.

The foam filling of a CordaRoy's bean bag chair is not meant to be washed. Introducing foam to water can lead to issues such as mildew, clumping, or even deterioration of the foam's structure, which compromises the comfort and longevity of the bean bag. Therefore, it's important to avoid any attempt to wash the foam filling.

If your bean bag's foam has lost its fluffiness or it’s been damaged by water, CordaRoy's offers a practical solution. You can purchase new foam with our booster pack, which allows you to refill your bean bag chair, ensuring it remains as cozy and supportive as the day you bought it. Additionally, we offer replacement beds, complete with a liner filled with new foam, if the existing foam in your chair has been damaged by water far beyond repair. 

For the washable parts, such as the bean bag cover, CordaRoy's has made maintenance simple and convenient. Our outer covers are designed to be machine washable and dryer safe, making it easy to keep your bean bag looking and smelling fresh. 

To ensure you care for your bean bag cover correctly, look for the small white care tag located inside the cover, typically at one end of the zipper. This tag provides specific washing and drying instructions tailored to the fabric of your cover, helping you to maintain the quality and appearance of your bean bag chair without risking damage to the material.

Caring for your CordaRoy's bean bag chair by following these guidelines ensures that your cozy spot remains a favorite part of your home for relaxation and comfort. By separating the care instructions for the cover and the foam filling, CordaRoy's makes it easy to keep every part of your bean bag in top condition.

What to Do If Your Bean Bag Gets Wet

Accidents happen, and whether it's a spilled drink or an unexpected rain shower during an outdoor gathering, your bean bag might end up getting wet. Knowing how to handle this situation properly can make a difference in preserving the longevity and comfort of your bean bag. If you find yourself in this predicament, don't worry—there are steps you can take to avoid any potential damage.

Step 1: Remove Excess Water

The first step is to remove as much water as possible. If the cover is water-resistant, you might be able to gently pat the surface with towels to absorb the excess moisture. For more absorbent materials, remove the cover if it's removable and wring out any trapped water. This can help prevent the water from seeping deeper into the bean bag's filling.

Step 2: Dry the Cover

Once you've dealt with the immediate aftermath, it may be a good idea to clean your bean bag cover to remove any lingering smells from the water. If the care instructions permit, machine wash the cover on a gentle cycle with mild detergent. After washing, if the care tag allows, you can tumble dry the cover on a low heat setting or hang it out to dry in a well-ventilated area. The goal is to ensure the cover is thoroughly dry before putting it back on the bean bag.

Step 3: Address the Filling

If the filling has gotten wet, the approach will vary depending on the type of material used for the filling. For polystyrene balls, spread them out on a large, dry surface or a container that allows air to circulate freely, and let them dry thoroughly. This might take some time, so patience is key. 

For foam fillings, such as those in CordaRoy's bean bags, it's important not to attempt washing them. Instead, if water has penetrated the protective liner, consult the product's care instructions or consider purchasing a new bed insert to ensure the integrity of your bean bag is maintained.

Step 4: Reassemble with Care

Once both the cover and filling are completely dry, you can reassemble your bean bag. Make sure there's no residual dampness to avoid mold or mildew development. This is also an excellent time to fluff up the filling, ensuring it returns to its original comfortable shape.

Through thoughtful design and innovative solutions, CordaRoy's has addressed the common concerns of bean bag owners regarding water exposure and maintenance. By distinguishing between indoor and outdoor use, offering durable and water-resistant materials, and providing clear guidance on care and maintenance, CordaRoy's ensures that your bean bag remains a favorite comfort spot in your home for years to come.


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