You and your family love your bean bag chair, and so do your guests.  It’s the most comfortable, sought after seat in the entire house.  In fact, it rarely ever gets any downtime.  From adults to kids, and even pets, your bean bag serves your family and friends well.  As such, it’s easy to understand it can get dirty pretty easily.  A problem arises when trying to determine just how in the world to clean it!   Can you clean the outside of it?  Can you clean the inside?  What exactly is inside?  You want to make sure it looks as pristine as the day you received it, but that can seem like an impossible task if you don’t know how to properly clean it, or if the bean bag itself cannot easily be cleaned.  That’s why it is of extreme importance to make sure you know the manufacturer’s care instructions prior to purchasing your bean bag.  A bean bag is definitely the ultimate in comfortable seating, but if it can’t be easily cleaned, it’s just going to be a dirty eyesore.  Thankfully, most bean bags are available with a removable outer shell.  That makes cleaning your bean bag a lot easier than attempting to somehow scrub the exterior of the bean bag while it is still in place over its filling.  Trust us, this is a practically impossible task.  However, even if your bean bag has a removable cover, you may not always need to remove it to clean and care for it.  Here’s everything you need to know about how to wash a bean bag.  

Spot Cleaning

 

If you stay on top of it, you may be able to spot treat your bean bag cover to avoid its need for a deep clean for a good, long while.  Most of the time, the dirt we see on a bean bag comes in the form of food or drink spills.  These types of stains can easily be removed with a spot stain treatment and a clean cloth or terry cloth.  Be sure to use a sponge or brush that is safe for the covering of your bean bag.  For instance, you would never want to use a hard bristle brush like a toothbrush or a metal suede brush on a fur-covered bean bag.   You also need to ensure you aren’t using a cleaning solution that contains bleach or any other chemical that could affect the coloring or integrity of the outer shell fabric.  If you are unsure if it is safe to use something on your bean bag, don’t use it.  A simple, mild detergent and warm water on a damp cloth using light, circular motions can typically eradicate a stain without the use of arduous scrubbing or harsh chemicals.  You can also look for specialized spot remover available for certain fabrics (i.e. leather spot stain remover or a leather conditioner).  For small stains, the answer is definitely spot cleaning.  

Full Cleaning

 

While spot cleaning takes care of everyday spills and stains, there will come a time when the entire outer shell of your bean bag needs a good cleaning.  Even if it doesn’t get as much use as a bean bag in a child’s bedroom may, you’ll still want to clean the outer cover to restore it to its cleanest state.  The easiest way to do this is to have a bean bag with a removable outer shell like the ones available from CordaRoy’s.  Our covers are all completely removable and are extremely durable.  Even our softest, cuddliest faux fur or plush covers can be removed and cleaned.  Because our design includes a bean bag that is filled with a mattress for extra bedding needs, our covers are designed to be taken on and off millions of times by an easy zipper.  You’ll never have to worry about them ripping or tearing when you remove them because that’s what they’re made for.  Our covers go directly in the washing machine with normal detergent and can even be machine dried, although you may prefer to line dry them.  Once you have removed the outer shell, take a few minutes to look over it and spot treat any stains that you may have missed while the shell was on the bean bag.  This is especially important if you own a Nest chair, as these chairs have a dedicated bottom where stains could go unseen.  Then, simply machine wash and/or dry it to restore it to its original fresh-from-the-factory glory.  

 How Do I Clean the Inside?

 

At CordaRoy’s our bean bags each contain a bed inside.  This means an actual mattress resides inside of every bean bag we sell.  When you need additional bedding, you simply unzip the outer cover of everyone’s favorite seat in the house and pull out everyone’s new favorite mattress.  No tiny white pellets here.  Only top of the line, incredibly comfortable mattresses that will give any fancy mattress store mattress a run for its money.  As such, we highly recommend that you cover your mattress with a mattress liner.  This protects the inner mattress from stains, dirt, and other pollutants.  As with any mattress, the mattress itself cannot be cleaned, nor can the polyurethane foam contents.  We think you’ll find you never need to clean the mattress itself, especially if you cover it with a liner when it is in use.  The liner is also waterproof, which is great for hosting small children.  The liner is fully cleanable in the washer and dryer.  

What If I Want to Freshen It Up?

 

Sometimes you may just want to freshen up your bean bag.  You don’t want to run it through a full cleaning cycle, but maybe your teenagers have been having a field day with it, or the dog finds it to be a comfortable napping spot, and you’d just like to freshen it up a bit and eliminate odors.  That’s not a problem.  You can freshen up your bean bag by simply giving it a few good tosses up and down and a few punches and plops.  You are basically attempting to jostle the foam filling around and allow more air into the inner part of the bean bag so that odors can be released.  This should be enough to freshen up your bean bag, as airflow inside can really loosen odor.  You can also consider using a fabric freshening product if the manufacturer instructions say it is safe to do so.  A simple spray of the product can help eliminate odor and freshen up your bean bag without having to perform a full clean.  As always, if you don’t know for sure whether you can use a fabric freshening spray on your bean bag, don’t use it.  Instead, you might try using a fabric softener sheet on the exterior of the bean bag to freshen it up.  Additionally, you can use a lint roller to remove pet hair and other particles that may end up on the outer shell.  

Everyone’s favorite seat in the house doesn’t have to look and smell like everyone has been using it!  It’s easy to clean and care for your bean bag and extend its beauty and life for years to come.  With a few simple steps, you can treat small spills and stains, give it a thorough deep clean, or simply freshen it up.  No matter how you need to clean and care for your bean bag, it’s easily done when you own a bean bag with a removable cover that can be machine washed and dried.  Once you learn to properly clean for and care for your bean bag, you will love it even more, not only for its comfort but also for its ease of care.