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How to Clean & Care For Your Bean Bag

Our bean bags are hand-crafted in a variety of fabrics and colours, requiring different levels of cleaning and maintenance. As a result, you've got to be careful about how you clean and care for your bean bag.

Some materials are more durable than others, but as a general rule of thumb, you should surface spot clean it with a damp sponge.

Do not machine wash or dry-clean the bean bag fabrics.

How to clean your bean bag

The level of cleaning that your bean bag requires will depend largely on the material and colour that you choose. Our faux suede products, for example, are most suited to a brushing technique, using a suede eraser and metallic suede brush, before lifting any stubborn marks with a slightly damp terry cloth.

For most of the other materials we supply, you’ll get the best results by spot cleaning your bean bag with a damp cloth and soapy water. Use light, circular motions for the spot cleaning process. Any more difficult patches can be cleaned by gently scrubbing with a moist, soft-bristled toothbrush, then wiping the moisture off with a dry cloth.

Our real and faux leather bean bags should be cleaned as regularly as possible to prevent any buildup of dirt. For these products, try starting off with a damp cloth or wet wipe, then move on to use warm, soapy water if you find that any of the marks won’t budge.

While the dreaded red wine stain might be an issue, don't use bleach as it's just going to exacerbate the problem. Bleach can discolour your bean bag and, in many cases, this will leave it looking much worse than before. For red wine stains in particular, you should also forget the age-old adage that white wine will fix the problem - this definitely doesn’t work for bean bags!

Your bean bag will be similar to a carpet: some marks can be removed straight away if you tackle them at the time, whilst others just might not come out at all. It’s always worth trying to resolve the situation in the moment rather than leaving it for later.

Tips to keep your bean bag in shape

  • As tempting as it may be, don't use your bean bag as a weapon in pillow fights! Not only is it extremely unfair against the pillow user, but it may also become misshapen and broken if the fight goes on for too long!
  • Similarly, if you (or your kids) are practising for your pro-wrestling career, a bean bag isn't the best object to practice landing on. Often, the kids love jumping all over their new addition to the house, but we advise you don't as this is how they get damaged.
  • Watch out for keys, pens and knives. These are the common culprits for puncturing our hand-crafted bean bags at home.
  • Keep dust off your bean bag. Give your bean bag a quick shake or a gentle wipe every now and then, or cover it up when you're not using it.
  • Sweat may harm the fabric so try and keep clothes on if you're lounging in the garden. Similarly, put a cover over it if you're trying to top up that tan. If you've got a bit hot and sweaty, give it a quick wipe; our outdoor variants are amply suited for this kind of defence!
  • Don't iron your bean bag. Some people wish to get every single crease out of their bean bags which isn't advisable as a hot iron is very likely to damage it. Bean bags are designed to be sat on, not worn; creases are comfort slots!
  • Don't put your bean bag in your pool. Seriously, we cannot stress this enough - It isn't a floatation device and taking it for a dip will almost certainly ruin it! Always opt for a rubber ring.

How to repair a bean bag

  • Despite our best efforts, sometimes accidents can happen. But have no fear, we’ve got you covered with this dedicated section on how to repair a bean bag. The first step is to identify the problem – is there a rip in the outer lining or has the inner bag split?
  • To repair a hole in the outer lining, follow these instructions closely:
  • 1. Find the hole

    Locate the hole and, once you’ve found it, make a quick mental note of where it is.

  • 2. Clean the surrounding area

    Before you fix the hole itself, you’ll need to clean the area around it to make the next few steps a little easier for yourself. The cleaning method you use will depend on the type of material, so follow the material-specific cleaning instructions above and leave the bean bag to dry out before going any further. For polyester products like our indoor/outdoor range, finish off by applying a little rubbing alcohol with a cotton cloth.

  • 3. Apply your bean bag repair patch

    Instructions for how to apply the patch will vary depending on the type bean bag repair patch kit you’ve bought – it’s worth noting that you should avoid iron-on kits if possible. Follow the guidance on the packaging closely to adhere the patch to your bean bag.

  • Should you find that the patching process doesn’t work out or the patch comes loose shortly after, the easiest option is to buy a replacement bean bag cover. Luckily, we offer an extensive range of replacement bean bag covers. Find your existing material to restore your bag to its former glory or choose a new same-size cover for a revamped look.
  • If the inner filler container has split, we would advise you not to attempt a fix: our refill bags are the cheapest, most effective way to get your bean bag back to its original plump and comfy state. Check out our guide on how to fill a bean bag for more information.

Can a bean bag be left out in the rain?

In general, there aren't a lot of things that should be left out in the rain regularly. This includes our indoor/outdoor bean bags.

If there is a light shower, don't worry; just let the bean bag dry out naturally in the sun for enjoyment later on.

For heavy rain showers, however, we recommend either bringing it inside, covering it up, or storing it away from the downpour.

Will the sun affect a bean bag?

Our indoor/outdoor bean bags are made to be used as a lounger in the garden with your favourite book or Netflix series. For this reason, we've designed them to stay protected against the sun with a specially formulated UV-resistant material.

However, if you've got a darker coloured bean bag, expect it to absorb heat regardless. If it's too hot to sit on, just throw a towel or blanket over it and you're good to go.

How to open a bean bag zip?

Our bean bags zips are designed to be hard to open.

With our anti-tamper zip mechanism, you can expect fillings to stay inside and not over your floor. They are hidden away from prying fingers but can be opened if needed.

You'll need to pull the zipper mechanism out to access the filling; a paper clip can be helpful here. Be careful not to jam anything into the zip as this may cause it to break.

Posted in: Product Guides
18 April 2018