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by Jessica Gezon
Now that you've purchased a bean bag, you want to relax -- but first you need to know how to care for your bean bag. Bean bags are available with a variety of fills and cover types, and how you care for your bean bag will depend on what kind you have. One thing to remember is that the size and shape of your bean bag don't matter, only what's inside and keeping the fill together. There are simple steps to take to preserve your bean bag: keep it off rough surfaces; don't let pets with sharp claws climb on the bean bag; and don't wear sharp jewelry (like belt buckles or a pointy ring) while relaxing. When your bean bag does need to be cleaned, it should be relatively easy if you follow the instructions below.
Vinyl Bean Bags: Vinyl bean bags are best cleaned using a mild detergent (like liquid dish soap), warm water and a soft cloth. Mix soap and water, dip the cloth and rub any spots until they disappear. Be careful not to use an abrasive cleaner because it could scratch the cover of your bean bag. For marks that refuse to rub away, you can use a soft-bristle brush; a soft toothbrush is perfect. Finish by wiping your bean bag dry.
Nylon Bean Bags: Nylon bean bag covers can be cleaned using a soft-bristle brush, such as a soft toothbrush, and a mild detergent. Remove dirt and spots by dipping the brush in soapy water and applying it to your bean bag in a circular pattern. Try not to soak the fabric, but use enough water to loosen the dirt. Wipe the area with a clean cloth and allow to air dry. For especially stubborn stains, try a cleaner designed for use on automobile fabrics.
Cotton Bean Bags: Cotton bean bag covers can be cleaned using a mild detergent and a soft cloth. Rub the dirty area with a damp, soapy cloth in a circular motion. For marks that refuse to disappear, you can try scrubbing with a soft toothbrush. Some cotton covers are machine washable, so make sure to check the tag before doing all the work by hand.
Faux Suede Bean Bags: Faux suede covers can be cleaned by applying liquid dish detergent and a little bit of water to a soft cloth and rubbing the stain in a circular pattern. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth. For more persistent stains, try a spot cleaner designed for fabric.