How to Clean a Futon Mattress?

Futon mattress is the Japanese traditional style of bedding which usually comes with a duvet. Japan is known for minimalism which totally makes the idea or function of a futon mattress more sensible as it aims to be folded, pileable and stored away in a large closet during the day so the room can be used for any other purposes other than a bedroom.

Today, futon mattresses are becoming more and more popular even outside Japan.

Western style futons may have a substantial difference in a sense that the dimension of the mattress are thicker hence making it harder to fold that is why it is usually placed in a wood or a metal frame. Some comes in a form of a bendable bed with a foldable frame that allows it to be both a couch and a bed. Some uses it as a couch during the day where you can just sit relax, watch a movie, read a book, and at night can be turned to a comfortable bed or sometimes other uses it as a guest bed.

Some comes in a form of a bendable bed with a foldable frame that allows it to be both a couch and a bed. Some uses it as a couch during the day where you can just sit relax, watch a movie, read a book, and at night can be turned to a comfortable bed or sometimes other uses it as a guest bed.

How to Clean a Futon Mattress?

Having a futon mattress cover will protect your mattress from dirt and stains, this can be easily removed and is machine washable. But it is as important to clean the mattress from within and below are some tips on how to  do it:

  1. Dry Methods. There are two main categories of cleaning a futon mattress, first is the dry method, this is used for routine cleaning and maintenance of your mattress. If you have a futon cover, remove it and clean it in the washer. With this method you can vacuum your futon, sun it and sprinkle with baking soda, which can remove excess moisture from the fibers and finally you can sprinkle your mattress with baking soda, leave it for an hour then vacuum it.


  2. Wet methods. While dry methods helps to eliminate the occurrence of mold, odors and dust mites, wet methods are used to remove stain, or to treat soiling of your futon. The solution will differ depending on the type of stain that you are using. Generally,‚Äč you can use a damp washcloth, warm water, mild laundry detergent to clean the visible stains on the surface.

    Cleaning Solutions for Futon Mattress on Stubborn Stains

    Common types of stains that you may usually encounter are mold, mildew, urine, blood, and wine. It is important not to over saturate your futon when cleaning these stains. Use a cloth and blot out any existing moisture or wetness, do not use a lot of force in scrubbing as the mattress will become wet and it will be difficult to dry it.

    Below are a list of cleaning solutions for these stains:

    • Mold and Mildew – Rubbing Alcohol (blot liberal amounts and let it dry, treat with baking soda and vacuum) and Disinfectant Cleaners (blot and dry).
    • Urine – Vinegar (mix 2:1 vinegar to water mixture and blot stain. sprinkle with baking soda and set overnight. vacuum in the morning) and Enzyme Cleaner (also works well with stains and odor).
    • Blood – Baking Soda (mix 2 parts water to 1 part baking soda and apply to the stain, blot and dry) and Peroxide (spray small amount, blot and dry, repeat if needed).
    • Wine – Salt (coat the stained area, let is sit for 8-12 hours, works best on fresh stains) and Rubbing Alcohol (Blot a clean towel in the alcohol, then onto the stain, do not put directly on the stain).  

    Sizes

    Futon mattresses are available in a variety of sizes and materials. Most futon mattresses are about six inches thick which may also vary depending on the materials used for the futon. Some sizes include:

    • Queen futon mattress: usually 77 to 80 inches wide (best for a bed)
    • Full futon mattress: usually 72 to 75 inches wide (best for a couch)
    • Twin futon mattress: about 39 inches wide
    • Chair futon mattress: about 28 inches wide

    Functional Mattress

    In summary, futon mattresses are generally cheap and functional as it serves dual purpose (couch and bed). It provides a fun fort during the day and serves as a comfortable bed at night. It can last between five to ten years if they are well taken care of, so keep track of the pointers stated above if you want your futon to last longer.