how to clean a bean bag

It’s frustrating when your bean bag is stained. Proper cleaning is a must for a durable bean bag with a classy look. And also, not all bean bags are made of the same material and are not designed for the same purpose. Thus, we should follow the appropriate steps to suit the contents of your bean bag. In this guide, I will tell you how to clean a bean bag.

The method of washing and cleaning bean bags varies according to the material of the cover. There are various types of materials used for the bean bag’s outer surface; a variety of materials is used for the cover: cloth cover, vinyl cover, suede cover, plush cover, velour or velvet cover, leather cover, etc.

How to Clean a Bean Bag

Bean bags come in two different styles, cloth ingots and vinyl wrappers. The cover will determine the proper cleaning process. The use of an odor neutralizer will also help eliminate any delayed odor. Here’s what you need to do.

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Cleaning a Cloth-Covered bean bag

You will need:

  • Large bag or canister (to hold beans)
  • Laundry powder
  • Soft cloths
  • Stain removal

Bean Bag Cleaning Steps

  • Start by carefully opening the zipper on the bean bag and removing the beans. Please place them in large bins or bags to accommodate until the cover is clean.
  • If there is pet hair on the cover, take it out to remove it. You can use a vacuum with attachments to remove any extra pet hair.
  • Next, check for any weak or damaged areas and fix them immediately. You don’t want any small holes to get bigger during cleaning. 
  • Test out for stains and take care of stain remover. Any stain remover will work. 
  • Place the cover in the washing machine and wash it by following the instructions on the label. 
  • If no instructions are present, wash it off with mild, bleach-free laundry detergent in cold water.
  • Run an extra rinse cycle to make sure the laundry detergent is completely removed.
  • Hang the cover to dry, or dry instructions say the cover can tolerate it.
  • Refill with beans once cleaned.

How to Clean a Vinyl Covered Bean Bag

You will need

  • Large bag or canister (to hold beans)
  • Laundry powder
  • Soft cloth
  • Stain removal
  • Bucket
  • Water

Bean Bag Cleaning Steps

  • Start by removing the beans and placing them in a large can or bag until the cleaning is complete. 
  • Spread the bag flat so you can easily reach a large area of ​​the bag for cleaning.
  • Fill up a container with warm water and add a little amount of mild detergent. If there is a strong odor problem, add vinegar to the water as well.
  • Mix until suds begin to form. 
  • Moisturize a soft cloth with the mixture.
  • Gently clean any area that has dirt or stains.
  • Bathe well with clean water along with a clean cloth.
  • Flip the bag and repeat cleaning the other side.
  • Let the surface dry completely. If vinegar was used, it might take a day or two for the vinegar odor to dissipate completely.
How to Clean a Bean Bag

Removing odors from the Beans

You will need:

  • Large bins
  • Baking soda
  • Ache Sachets
  • Loosely knitted fabrics (e.g., cheesecloth)
  • Odour absorbers (coffee grounds, activated charcoal, etc.)
  • String

Steps to Remove Odor from Beans

  • When real beans absorb odors, you will be able to prolong use by removing some of the odors. 
  • There are numerous simple methods to do this. The first way involves transmitting them. Place the beans in a large, open container and allow them to sit in the fresh air for several days or until the smell dissolves.
  • Another way is to sprinkle the beans with baking soda, toss them. 

Around, and allow the baking soda to absorb the odor. You can’t soak and wash the beans, but you can smell them. Some simple shaking can allow the baking soda to freeze at the bottom, not transfer back into the bean bag.

  • The third way is to add the odor-absorbing ingredients to the bean and let it dry out some of the odor. To make a sachet, cut a square of porous fabric like cheesecloth. Pour some scoop of odor-absorbing substance (activated charcoal, coffee grounds, etc.) into the cloth’s midpoint. Gather the edges and tie the ends together with a piece of string. 
  • Toss several sheets into the can and mix the can periodically to come in contact with other beans.
  • Get rid of the sachet by replacing the beans inside the bag.
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How to Clean the Hacky Sack Bean Bag

You will need 

  • Mild detergent
  • Coldwater
  • Towels
  • Sink or bucket

Bean bag cleaning steps

  • Start by soaking the hockey bag in cold water. Allow it to sit for a while so that the water is completely absorbed.
  • Squeeze a square or two of soap in your hand. Rub your hands together to distribute the soap.
  • Take the hockey bag out of the water and start soaping it with your hands. Use rolling motion instead of pulling, pushing, or squeezing speed.
  • Continue rolling it until the soap works completely into the fabric.
  • Rinse the hockey bag by placing it in a clean water container or placing it under running water.
  • Remove excess water by gently squeezing the bean bag. You don’t want to push water through the fabric. You want to let it come out of the seam.
  • Rinse and squeeze until the water is clear.
  • Place the hockey bag in a clean, dry towel.
  • Slowly squeeze the bean bag/towel to remove as much water as possible.
  • Allow it to air out in direct sunlight. Do not let the machine dry your hacky sack.
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How to Make Use of a Washing Machine to Clean Bean Bags

If your bean bag is machine washable, that’s great.

However, for a long time, fabric pieces get caught on the “fins” inside the washing machine. This is especially a problem during the spin cycle. If you can use a washing machine, I recommend using a washing bag to put them in the bean bag.

This will help to hold the garment on the inner pieces of the washing machine. When washing fabric, make sure you do not use harsh detergents (where bleach is an ingredient). Another tip is to use a little bi-carb soda and white vinegar dash when putting in detergent.

The combination of these two ingredients helps to “whiten” the bean bag without harsh effects. Dual-carb and cleaning vinegar can also be purchased from any local supermarket.

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Key Points on Cleaning and Washing

  • Whether you use a bean bag chair outdoors or indoors, keep your chair in a dry place. Drying space is essential to maintain the quality of your bean bag chair beans.
  • Never postpone cleaning your bean bag chair. Let’s say you accidentally spray a little food on the cover. Please clean it up immediately. It will guard your bean bag against lasting stains.
  • Never use detergents that contain bleaching chemicals. Despite being the material used to make the cover, it is very detrimental to the bean bag chair cover.
  • Never use a messy dryer to dry your bean bag chair cover.

Never iron the cover. The external outer casing is made from 90% cotton and is machine washable.

Avoid sweating. Don’t sit in a bean bag chair sweating. If you need to rest when you sweat, use a towel over the chair cover.

  • It is important to keep your bean bag chair away from pets. You can put your loving bean bag chair in the trash because of a scratch or its urine. You can acquire a unique pet bean bag chair for them.

How to Clean a Bean Bag: FAQs

Can bean bags be washed?

Yes, you can wash a bean bag if the cover is removable. … Then, if the cover is made of cotton, you can put it in a washing machine and wash it with cold water and light detergent. Never dry your bean bag cover using a dryer. Instead, let them dry to ensure they don’t dry out.

How do you get the smell out of a bean bag?

Steps to remove odor from beans

The first way involves transmitting them. Place the beans in a large, open container and allow them to sit in the fresh air for several days or until the smell dissolves. Another way is to sprinkle the beans with baking soda, toss them around, and allow the baking soda to absorb the odor.

How can you maintain a bean bag?

Always keep an eye on open bean bags and never let a baby or pet inside. If your bean bag does not have a zipper or enclosure, do not try to cut or tear it. This bean bag is meant to be closed at all times.


I hope this post will help keep your bean bag clean all year round.

Depending on the fabric made from your bean bag, the stain appears, and it makes a difference in how you should treat them. Endeavour to attach to less coarse chemicals and cleaners. Because this always does more harm than good.