If it’s one thing that small children do well, it’s make a big mess. Every parent is familiar with those sudden messes that seem to occur in the blink of an eye, or when their back is turned.
Unless they are cleaned up right away, the mess can leave a stain, which is why it is always important to try to clean them up immediately, or at least put a spot treatment on them.
Spot Clean Small Messes
Small messes are obviously the easiest to clean up since they can often be picked up using just paper towels or a damp cloth. However, they still have the potential to stain the fabric of baby bean bags if not cleaned right away.
When the mess occurs, the first defense should be to gently blot up any excess liquid. It is very important to blot rather than rub, as rubbing may press it further into the fabric.
After blotting up the mess, it may be necessary to lightly pat the area with a damp cloth to help loose any residue. This is often enough, but if it is not, then a spot treatment can be used.
Wash It Gently In A Tub Or Sink
If the baby bean bag has more than just a few dirty spots, then it may be best to wash it. The best way to do this is to hand wash it unless it is designed to be machine washable.
Hand washing is often the best in either case since it can help prevent damage to the fabric or the lining. It can also make it easier to really work out tough stains without having to wash it several times.
The first step is to remove the outer fabric or shell of the baby bean bag chair if possible. Depending on the style, this may not be possible. If this is the case, then additional steps will be needed.
If the outer shell can be removed, then it should be gently hand-washed in the sink in the same way that a sweater or blouse would be hand washed. After washing, it should be laid flat to dry.
If the outer shell cannot be removed, then the next best option is to wash the entire thing in the bathtub or outdoors with a garden hose. One word of caution with this is that it will need to dry thoroughly to avoid mildew.
When washing, always try using plain water first to see if that removes the mess. If it does not, then try using a gentle liquid soap or detergent that is meant for delicate materials.
Change Out The Stuffing
Unfortunately, there does come a point when childrens bean bags become so messy that they cannot be easily cleaned. This sometimes happens if the child became sick on it, or a very large spill occurred.
What happens in situations like this is that the stuffing becomes soiled, and may stain or begin to smell. If this happens, then the best way to resolve it is to remove the old stuffing and replace it.
Some parents may find that occasionally replacing the stuffing in baby bean bags also makes it both softer and more supportive. This can help breathe new life into an older chair.