How to Wash A Bean Bag Pillow

The need to wash your bean bag pillow will eventually arise, and even if you bought the bean bag pillow for your kid’s playroom, or for relaxing while watching TV, or for your pet to sleep on, it will become dirty eventually.

Washing your bean bag pillow is a very easy way to keep it clean and free of stains or germs. But do you know how to go about cleaning a bean bag pillow? If not, this is the right place. In this post, I will be showing you how to properly wash and maintain a bean bag pillow.

A highlight of the different ways to wash a bean bag pillow

Bean bag pillow type How to wash the bean bag pillow
Removable cotton covers
  • Put in a washing machine if the material is cotton
  • Hand wash if the material is non-cotton
Vinyl Bean Bag pillow Covers Use Use a soft bristle brush to scrub the fabric with the soap water mixture
Suede Bean Bag pillow Covers Use a suede brush, suede eraser, or a damp terry cloth to gently brush
Velvet Bean Bag pillow Use a cloth that is damp with a mixture of soap and water to rub off the stain
Plush bean bag pillow Use a Damp cloth to clean with a mixture of soap and warm water

First of all, it is important to mention that the method required to wash your bean bag pillow will depend on the fabric of the cover.

In addition, the size, type, and use of your bean bag pillow will also determine the method of washing that is appropriate.

The best part of this post is that I will be sharing with you specific guidelines that are directed to your type of bean bag pillow.

How can you wash a bean bag pillow?

So here are the different ways in which you can wash a bean bag pillow in the direction of their fabric cover types and usage, I have also included a detailed explanation of the steps for each of them.

Washing bean bag pillow with removable cotton covers

First and foremost, you need to be extra careful when you wash the cover.

You can put this kind of bean bag pillow into the washing machine with cool water and light detergent IF the cover is cotton.

Only a bean bag cover made of cotton is ideal to be put inside a washing machine. If your bean bag cover is made of any other fabric material that is not cotton such as suede or fur, it is better to hand wash it, as long as it is removable.

Washing Vinyl Bean Bag pillow Covers

Truth be told, bean bag covers with Vinyl fabric is hard to clean, not just because you can not really wash it, but also because it is required to be delicate with it.

  • First of all mix soap and warm water in a bowl, a small bowl.
  • Use a soft bristle brush to scrub the fabric with the soap water mixture
  • Ensure that this is done gently
  • When you have scrubbed it enough, wash the soap mixture off with warm water.
  • You don’t need to douse it in the water, avoid the cover from being too wet.
  • Use a clean cloth to wipe the cover dry.

Washing  Suede Bean Bag pillow Covers

If the fabric material is suede, it is petty much easier. It is even easier to maintain it after cleaning.

First, I will recommend you to get a suede eraser like this affordable Miscly Suede and Nubuck 4-Way Brush and Eraser, but you can use damp terry cloth as an alternative.

Whichever one you use, make sure you gently brush the suede cover.

For my suede bean bag pillow, I use this Trolleycar metal suede brush. What I do is brush the fabric in circular motions, in that way, it looks nicer.

It is ideal to clean this type of fabric, with this method, once every two weeks so that you maintain a fresh, new look.

If you do not like the ‘washing-washing-washing’ , the suede protecting spray protects the bean bag pillow from stains and liquids.

Washing a Velvet Bean Bag pillow

A velvet bean bag pillow should be taken good care of to prolong their attractive look, just as with the suede covers. However, you can not completely prevent accidental spill or dirt on your velvet bean bag chair. It is just one of those things.

If this happens, here is the proper way to wash it.

  • Mix a very mild soap with warm water
  • Get a cloth and dampen it with a mixture of soap and water
  • Use the cloth to rub off the stain
  • This should be done quickly before the stain has a chance to set in
  • And sure, ensure you rub in circular motions
  • After cleaning off the stain, do not use a dryer, allow the fabric to dry normally
  • When dry, use a very soft brush to brush the fabric so that it appears even

Washing a plush bean bag pillow

I see most young children using bean bags with this kind of style. Judging from that, it will require regular cleaning and maintenance.

And even though they may not look dirty all the time, children will most likely come in contact with lots of germs on them.

So to get rid of this…

  • Simply Grab a damp cloth
  • Use it to gently clean the plush bean bag pillow

This is a good way to prevent dust build up over time

Or you vacuum the bean bag pillow using an ideal vacuum like this Eureka PowerSpeed Lightweight Upright Vacuum – it is an effective way to remove dust, dirt, and crumbs out of the fabric.

Use a hairbrush with plastic bristles to brush afterwards.

Washing a Leather Bean Bag Pillow

The leather looks very elegant and stylish, the best part is that it is very easy to clean. That is probably why most people choose this fabric style.

To clean and maintain a leather bean bag pillow, ensure that you dust it regularly using a clean cloth. Alternatively, I will recommend you to get a leather cleaner

What materials of bean bag pillow can you wash without ruining it?

How to Wash A Bean Bag Pillow

To answer this question, we will really need to look into what is inside the bean bag pillow, and the fabric cover it is made of.

You are in a better position if you use a bean bag with an extra removable cover, not only because it is will be easier to wash the fabric but also because it eliminates the risk of damaging the bean bag.

Generally, any kind of material used to make a bean bag pillow can be washed without getting damaged as long as you know how to clean it properly.

This is why I have shared the detailed and proper steps on how to clean a bean bag pillow directed towards the various available fabric style.

There are also some materials of bean bag pillow that are more water-resistant. These types are easier to clean and will be ideal for kids that are active or pets that shed a lot.

If you like materials like suede and faux fur, bear in mind that they are quite harder to clean. But the good news is that you have been able to see in this post the different ways to clean each type of material.

All in all, bean bag pillow with removable covers are safest and easier to clean. In addition, I recommend people to choose an indoor/outdoor bean bag pillow when buying because they are usually water-resistant and easy to move indoors and outdoors.

Different ways to dry your bean bag pillow?

Even when you know the proper steps to take when washing a bean bag pillow, there is a common mistake most people make when drying their bean bag pillow.

I do not want you to make that mistake that will damage your bean bag pillow material, that is why I will be showing you the different ways to dry your bean bag pillow after washing.

While it is important to always check out the washing and drying instructions to be sure of the permitted steps to take when drying the bean bag pillow, here are the safest and recommended tips for drying your bean bag pillow after washing it.

First of all, when it comes to drying your bean bag pillow, NEVER ever think of putting your recently washed bean bag into the tumble dryer. You run the risk of ruining the material when you do so.

So how do you dry your bean bag pillow after washing it?

Now, it is not enough to know what Not to do without knowing what is needed to do as regards drying your bean bag pillow.

At this point, you now need to consider what works best for the bean bag pillow you intend to dry, what works best for you, and how to dry it without involving the use of a tumble dryer.

For me though, I know you can go about this in two major ways:

You can dry it outside

One of the two principal ways to keep your bean bags dry after washing is to dry them outside. By doing this, you are allowing the material of the bean bag pillow to be exposed to cool, fresh air.

It is even the best option to make the bean bag pillow dry faster.

The only reason why some bean bag pillow owners do not dry it outside is because of the fact that drying it outside means you may be exposing it to elements.

You can air dry it

Just as you have seen in some of the steps for cleaning a bean bag pillow above, you can keep your bean bags dry by air-drying them for as long as it takes to keep them dry.

It is by far the most common and recommended way. It is simply allowing the bean bag pillow to naturally dry in the most effective way you can.

The only downside here is that it can take longer than you might like to air dry the bean bag pillow and it is left for you to figure out.

How do you get mould out of a bean bag?

When you begin to notice a spotty black or green discolouration and a musty smell, you are dealing with Mould. While it is easy to recognise, it has the ability to damage your bean bag and prevent you from sitting comfortably, even when visitors are around.

They smell bad and look awful, they also can instigate asthma sufferers. If you are dealing with this on your bean bag, I can understand how awful the experience must have been.

The good news is that I am about to show you how you can conquer mould.

I will not bore you with the mixture of chemicals that kills mould out of a bean bag, neither will I recommend any. There are a lot of people who are not fans of chemicals.

I will recommend natural remedies that will effectively kill mould in your bean bag.


Study shows that Vinegar kills 82 per cent of mould species. Since it is non-toxic, and there are no harmful fumes, it is a safe way to kill mould on your bean bag.

  • Get a distilled white vinegar – I recommend you use this 16 Ounce Goya White Distilled Vinegar
  • Spray it full-strength onto mouldy areas of the bean bag.
  • Let it take effect by leaving it for about an hour
  • Afterwards, use plain water to wipe the area
  • Allow drying as the vinegar odour disappears in few hours.

Tea tree oil

Science call it melaleuca alternifoliate. It kills fungus and bacteria and will work effectively in getting rid of mould out of your bean bag.

  • Mix teaspoon of tea tree oil to every cup of water
  • Pour the solution into a spray bottle
  • Spray directly onto the mould
  • No need to rinse or wash away
  • The fragrance appealing

Wrapping up on how to wash a bean bag pillow

We have come to the end of this post. And I hope this article has made it easier for you to wash your bean bag pillow regardless of the fabric cover it is made of without hassle or costly mistakes.

If yes, be kind to let me know in the comment section. If you have any other issue concerning washing your bean bag pillow, you can also share in the comment section and I will be willing to answer them.

As I conclude, let me mention that regularly cleaning your house ( which includes your bean bag chair) is a huge step in preventing the spread of germs and dirt.

Bean bag pillows, which are one of the small things we tend to leave out when cleaning the house, can carry germs.

But since you have now seen how to clean and dry the bean bag pillow, you can always follow the steps to have that squeaky clean bean bag pillow that your family loves.