Basic Principles of Maintaining your Epona Co Bean Bag.
Always dry it out. If it gets wet, (including the base which is easily forgotten), move it around and allow it to dry. Don’t let it sit in a wet environment for prolonged periods of time. If it is beside the pool, tip it up overnight or when not in use so it can dry out underneath.
Clean dirt and food off them regularly. Mould will grow on food and dirt that gets left on your bean bag, so remove it when it happens. Don’t leave dirt or stains on your bean bag as they will encourage mould growth. Particularly before you store them for the winter in a cool, moist place.
Protect your zip from corrosion. The pool environment is extremely harsh, and will corrode almost every metal. Protect you your zip by coating the metal zipper with an oil or grease such as lanolin or other anti-corrosion product. A quick spray and a regular bit of movement will prevent your zipper from corroding and breaking.
Extend the life of your bean bag by storing it in the shade. If possible, store your bean bag out of the sun, and it will last longer. Our Olefin Fabric is a dedicated outdoor fabric which is designed to live in the sun and the weather, but you will extend the life of it if you keep it out of the sun for extended periods.
Avoid harsh surfaces. Some pools have abrasive sandstone coping tiles, which look lovely, but will wear the fabric and stitching of pool bean bags if they are floating past and rubbing on them all the time.
As it starts to warm up and many of you will be pulling your Epona Co. Lifestyle bean bags out of storage and getting them ready for spring… If they were moist when they went away or had a bit of dust etc on them in storage, they will probably need a bit of a clean up. Some of you (depending on where you live) may have a bit of mildew etc forming, so here are a few tips for cleaning them up so they look great for summer.
This is common for zips to lock up in the salty pool environment. In the event like this happens, spray the metal with some WD-40 or similar product, put a paperclip through the zipper and pull it back and forward with some force. It may take a few pulls but it should gradually start moving again. Once you have it moving and back in place, give it a spray with some Lanolin or drop a bit of oil on it so the oil goes inside the zipper and covers the bits inside the zipper. It will then be protected from the harsh corrosive environment from the pool.
For small stains
give them a spot clean, leaving the cover on, use warm soapy water, even a bleach mix and give them a scrub. Let the soap or bleach sit for 20 mins and give another scrub before hosing it off.
For covers that are stained all over
Remove the cover (careful your zip hasn’t corroded from your pool water), place it in a bucket and soak it in a bleach mix. After 20 mins, place into a front loader washing machine – one at a time and give it a good heavy wash. If it doesn’t clean up the first time, give it a 2nd go and it should look like new. Place it back onto the beans and put it in the sun to dry..
If your zip has corroded over time due to pool chlorine etc, leave the cover on and give it a more vigorous scrub, allow it to sit with a bleach and warm water mix for 20 mins and then squirt it with a jet on a hose.
You should give your Epona Co. Bean Bag a wash every 6 months or so to remove any grime, food, dust, etc that may gather on it... this will prevent mould growing, as mould will not grow on the fabric itself, it needs dust or food to nourish it.
If you need any tips on how to care for your bean bag, drop us an email.
Common Q&A about our Bean Bags.
Can I leave my Bean Bag outside?
This depends on the fabric you have purchased. Some of our bean bags are designed for outdoor use however prolonged exposure to sun will reduce the life and colour of your bean bag. To ensure your Bean Bag ages as well as you do, we suggest keeping it in a shaded area when not in use and out of direct sunlight.
Will my Bean Bag go Mouldy?
Olefin is an excellent material for mould resistance and normally will inhibit mould growth. However if your bean bag experiences a lot of wet and damp weather and is not dried properly then mildew may grow on dirt or other substances found on the fabric. Bean bags should be kept clean and free from dirt and build up to help reduce this occurring.
Can my Bean Bag go in the pool?
Our H2O range - the Moby and Nemo are especially designed for the pool, and it is their ability to drain rapidly that optimises this. Our other premium outdoor bean bags can withstand getting wet however will not drain as freely as the bean bags designed specifically for the pool. Therefore we don't recommend them for the pool. If they do end up in the pool and water penetrates the inner bag, simply remove the inner bag and let it drain, then reinsert into the cover when dry.
My Bean Bag has got water into the inner bag, is this a problem?
No matter how the bags are made water can still penetrate through the zip and seams. If you find your inner bag has got wet for any reason - simply remove the inner bag and drain then dry in the sun. Ensure this and the outer cover is properly dry and reinsert the inner bag into the outer cover. The inner bag being made from breathable mesh allows breathability and draining.
My Bean Bag has lost some of it's shape and comfort is this normal?
Depending on how much use your bean bag gets this may happen at some point. It is caused by the Polystyrene beans slightly compressing and losing their shape - this causes the bean bag to appear under filled and can effect comfort and shape. Simply top up the bean bag with filling to a level that you deem comfortable.