by Catherine Amo
Bean bag chairs contain beans, PVC pellets or expanded polystyrene. The unstructured nature of it allows the bag to settle around the shape of the occupant, and this is what makes bean bag chairs comfortable. Bean and lounge bag covers are made in a variety of fabrics, and each one requires a different type of care. The best directions for the care of your bean bag chair are the ones specified by the manufacturer.
Wash removable cotton covers in a washing machine. Unzip the cover and pull out the liner containing the filler. If the filler is loose, pour it into a trash bag or container. Machine wash the bean bag cover in cool or warm water and detergent and then air or machine dry on medium heat. When the cover is dry, replace the loose filler or lining.
Wipe vinyl bean bags clean with a cloth dipped in warm, soapy water. If there are stubborn spots on the fabric, scrub them off with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Wipe the cover dry with a clean cloth.
Brush suede-covered bean bags regularly to keep them clean. Use a suede eraser or a damp terry cloth to rub off dried stains and then run a metal suede brush over the cover in circular motions. This cleans the suede and raises the nap. Spray the fabric with a protective spray made for suede.
Use a damp cloth to rub spots off a plush bean bag. Then wipe the rest of the bag to remove dust. If there is a heavy layer of dust on the bean bag, use a vacuum cleaner attachment to lift it off before wiping with the damp cloth. Brush the nap and smooth out any clumps using a hair brush with plastic bristles.
Wipe velvet or velour bean bags with a damp cloth. Rub off tough stains with a damp cloth dipped in a mild soapy solution. Use a circular motion until the stains disappear. Let the fabric dry naturally.
Dust leather bean bags regularly with a clean towel. Wipe the leather once a month with a damp towel. If the leather has spots of dirt, scrub these spots, in a circular motion, with a damp cloth that has been dipped in a mild soapy solution. Apply a leather conditioner every three to six months.