How to Clean Bean Bag Toys

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How to Clean Bean Bag Toys
Bean bag toys are often smaller than an average-size stuffed animal. (stuffed monkey image by kastock from Fotolia.com)

Bean bag toys have been a staple toy in households for many years. They typically come in the form of animals, people and other kid-friendly objects. Unlike traditional stuffed toys, they include small beads or pellets, often made from PVC. They have less stuffing inside, which gives each toy a floppier, squishier consistency. These toys are designed to be played with, but often are collected by hobby enthusiasts. For either purpose, these delicately crafted toys often need gentile cleaning to be rid of germs or to help a collector maintain the value of their collectable item.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Vacuum cleaner with attachments
  • Feather duster (optional)
  • Soft wash cloth
  • Dish soap (non-bleach)
  • Plastic tag cover (optional)
  • Small hairbrush (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Gently vacuum loose dirt or dust from your toy before using any wet cleaning techniques. This will help protect against the dirt smearing and potentially ruining your bean bag toy. Use a feather duster for a less dirty toy.

    How to Clean Bean Bag Toys
    Using an attachment with a brush can help roust out any dirt beneath the surface. (brosse image by thierry planche from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Dampen a soft washcloth with a small amount of warm water and antibacterial dish soap. Use a gentle and even stroke pattern to remove stains and harmful bacteria.

  3. 3

    Rinse the soap off your washcloth and wipe away any soap residue that remains on the toy.

  4. 4

    Allow your bean bag toy to air-dry indoors and away from direct sunlight to prevent the toy's colour from fading.

Tips and warnings

  • For collectors, protect your toy's tag with specially made plastic tag protectors before and after washing your toy.
  • For bean bag toys with longer fur, use a small brush to help give the toy its original look and lustre.
  • Avoid laundering your bean bag toys. This can lead to a faster deterioration of the toy, which may cause the toy's beads or innards to release and bring about a possible choking hazard for a small child.
  • Avoid forced drying techniques such as using a hair or laundry dryer, as this can cause your toy's material to shrink or distort.
  • Avoid cleaning your bean bag toy with soap or detergent that contains bleach; this can cause the toy's colour to fade or bleed.

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