It can happen to even the most diligent of bean bag owners.
You are moving your bean bag indoors from being outdoors all summer, only to find that there is a dark stain on it at the bottom. In other words, there is mildew on your bag. Yikes.
Mould and mildew are the most common and significant issues that anyone who owns a bean bag will have, and they can cause the bag to smell and become permanently discolored. It can also be detrimental to the health of anyone who uses the bag. Double yikes.
Luckily, all is not lost, and when you find mildew on your bean bag, you don’t need to throw it away. Here are some tips you can use to remove the mildew and keep your bean bag fresh for years to come.
The best natural way to eradicate mildew or mold on your bean bags is to expose the area you are concerned about to direct sunlight. Why? Because the heat and UV rays of the sun will dehydrate the fungi that cause the mildew and kill them.
You will also need to try to expose the area where the bean bag was to sunlight too, to prevent future recurrence and potential health issues. If you are looking for a bag that is suitable for this kind of treatment (not all bean bags are), then Learn more about the bags you can buy.
Vinegar is another great way to kill mildew-causing fungus and it is a nontoxic acid which is great if your bean bag is used by children or pets. While it may not smell good, it has no fumes that can cause issues either.
You simply spray the vinegar on the area where there is mildew and leave it for an hour. Then, wipe the site with a slightly damp cloth. You will then need to leave the bean bag to dry and voila. Your bean bag will be mildew free. Be sure to prevent the recurrence of mildew by keeping your bean bags in a sunny spot.
White Tea Tree Oil
Interestingly, tea tree oil is also a very good antifungal and can be used to remove bacteria from fabrics, while also leaving a rather invigorating aroma.
Simply add a teaspoon of tea tree oil to a cup of water and then spray the mixture directly onto the moldy area. You don’t need to wipe or rinse it, and the staining should naturally disappear on its own.
White Grapefruit Seed Extract
The grapefruit seed extract is a great way to remove mold on fabric and it is odorless as well as high in citric acid, which is a natural antifungal.
Add 10 drops to a cup of water and fill a spray bottle with the mixture. Be sure to shake it well. Then, simply spray it onto the moldy area. You will not need to rinse the bag or use a damp cloth, just allow it to dry in the sunlight.