How To Clean A Bean Bag Chair (All The Most Popular Fabrics!)

Bean bag chairs are a great way to liven up any room. The filler material in a bean bag (usually beans or expanded polystyrene beads) will mold around you when you sit on it. This makes for an incredibly comfortable seat that is easy on the back, neck or other joints! Bean bag chair covers come in many different fabrics with each one requiring their own type of care. In this article, we’re going to take a look at how to clean a bean bag chair depending on its fabric.

Washable cotton covers

One of the easiest ways to keep your bean bag chairs clean is by washing their removable covers in a machine. Unzip the bean bag chair and pull out the lining containing the filling. If there is no lining (and the filling is loose), you will need to carefully pour the filling into a suitable sized container. Machine wash any type of fabric-based material with warm or cool water and a light detergent. Then air dry flat when complete so it doesn’t shrink during the drying process (which can happen in a dryer!) If you’re not sure, consult your manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean the bean bag chair.

How to clean a vinyl bean bag

Cleaning vinyl fabric is a bit more delicate than cleaning other types of fabrics so it can’t be washed in a machine. Remove the cover of the bean bag chair (if it is removable). Use a brush or vacuum cleaner to remove any dust or dirt from the seams and corners of your vinyl bean bag chair. Wipe down your vinyl bean bag with warm soapy water and scrub any stains with a soft brush. Allow the vinyl to air dry before replacing the cover (or using your bean bag chair again).

How to clean a suede bean bag cover

Suede is a delicate material, so it’s important to clean it gently. It’s less durable than leather and so is harder to care for. Suede is not machine washable so the best thing to do is use a suede brush to remove any dust or dirt on the surface of the suede. This also restores the nap keeping it looking fresh and smooth. Suede furnishings should be brushed weekly if possible, or once a month at the absolute minimum.

To keep your suede bean bag cover clean, you should also treat it with a water repelling spray. This will protect against stains should the suede ever get wet. Repeat this treatment once every 6 months, or whenever it looks like your suede is no longer repelling water.

How to clean a velvet bean bag cover

Velvet is a luxurious, stylish fabric, but like some of the others we’ve mentioned, shouldn’t be washed in a machine. Here’s how to clean a velvet bean bag cover:

  1. Remove the bean bag cover and lay it on a flat surface
  2. Mix a small amount of dish soap with some warm water in a bucket or sink
  3. Dip a sponge into the soapy water and scrub the velvet gently in one direction to clean any stains.
  4. Don’t wring out the velvet when you are done – this will cause streaks on your fabric! Dry off as much excess moisture as possible with a towel before continuing with your next section of velvet.
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 until any stains have been cleaned thoroughly.
  6. Let the velvet cover dry for at least 12 hours before putting the beans back into your bean bag. When it’s dry you can brush the cover with a soft brush to make sure the velvet finish looks even.

How to clean a leather bean bag

Leather is durable, stylish and timeless. Not only that, but it’s also easy to clean. No wonder it’s the fabric of choice for many bean bag chair owners!

You can easily vacuum or wipe any excess dirt and grime off your leather bean bag. Just be careful not to scratch the leather. Next, some warm water and a gentle soap (the gentler the better) can be used to clean the leather. While there are plenty of soaps and products designed specifically to clean leather, these really aren’t necessary – a few drops of dish soap in water is sufficient.

If you’re not sure about the soap solution you’re using, just test it on a small inconspicuous area of the bean bag before proceeding. You can do this to test for discoloration.

Once you’ve wiped the leather with a damp cloth dipped in the warm water and soap, it’s now time to dry it. It’s important to dry leather to protect against mold and mildew. This can be done with a dry cloth.

It’s not necessary, but if you want to keep your leather feeling soft and supple, it’s a good idea to apply a leather conditioner or cream once every 6 – 12 months. A good leather conditioner shouldn’t cost more than about $10-$20 on Amazon and will last a long time.

How to clean a plush bean bag chair cover

Plush is soft and cosy and particularly popular for kids’ bean bag chairs. You’ll want to keep it as soft as possible, and that means not using water on it unless absolutely necessary. For the most part, it’ll be sufficient just to vacuum off any dust using your vacuum brush attachment. A soft bristled brush can be used to remove any crusty stains and smooth out the nap.

If it’s necessary to use water (sometimes it will be if you get a particularly bad stain) just use a damp cloth to rub the stain until removed.

How to clean a faux fur bean bag chair

While faux fur is the bean bag fabric of choice for many, it’s one of the more difficult to wash. If it’s just a stain, you may be able to spot clean. However, to wash it properly handwashing is usually the best option for cleaning any faux fur item.

Unzip the cover and remove the bean bag filler. If your bean bag cover is big you can wash it in any large plastic storage container or even in the bathtub. Use cool water and 1 or 2 teaspoons of a mild detergent (one suitable for handwashing). Submerge your bean bag cover and swish the faux fur around in the water for around 10-15 minutes.

Don’t wring it dry! Squeeze as much of the excess soapy water out as you can and refill your tub with clean water. Rinse until no suds remain, then remove the cover and squeeze out the water. You can roll it in a bathtowel to get even more water out.

Allow it to drip dry flat on a drying rack (you can put this in a bathtub to catch the drips of water). It will probably take as much as 24-48 hours to dry properly. You can then put the filling back in your bean bag cover and brush the fur using a soft bristled brush to lift the fibers and untangle any matted fur.


As you can see, there are a number of different ways to clean a bean bag. It all depends on the kind of fabric the cover is made from. The best way to clean your bean bag is according to the manufacturer’s instructions. However, if don’t have those, then the tips above should be enough to help you get your bean bag looking clean, fresh and new. Just make sure you clean your bean bag regularly or spot clean whenever you notice a stain.

If you’re reading this article to learn more about how to clean a bean bag chair before you buy, make sure you buy a fabric that you don’t mind cleaning! Some people opt for machine washable, removable covers as these are usually the most convenient (particularly if you have kids or pets and need to clean regularly!). Leather is also very easy to clean with just a wipe of a damp cloth. While it’s not difficult, you do have to put a bit more effort into cleaning more delicate fabrics such as velvet or suede.

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