Cleaning a Futon Mattress: Tips and Tricks

Cleaning a Futon Mattress. The Futon Mattress is a versatile piece of furniture that has evolved into a stylish option for any home.

Like any other mattress, it can get soiled from body oils, food, drinks, and pets. If you notice stains or an odor, it’s time to clean your futon mattress.

How Often Should You Clean a Futon Mattress??

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Illustrative image How Often Should You Clean a Futon Mattress?

Spills and stains should be removed as quickly as possible to avoid further penetration into the mattress.

For a futon mattress with a removable, washable cover, it should be cleaned as needed or at least seasonally. Additionally, the futon mattress should be vacuumed weekly to remove soil and dust.

The frequency of deeper cleaning depends on usage habits. If the futon is only used for sleeping, a thorough cleaning once per year is typically sufficient.

However, if it is also used as a couch for eating, napping, and snuggling with pets, cleaning the mattress twice a year is recommended.

Clean and Maintain Your Cotton or Innerspring Futon Mattress

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Illustrative image Clean and Maintain Your Cotton or Innerspring Futon Mattress

Remove the outer cover: If possible, remove the outer cover from the mattress and wash or dry clean it as recommended by the care tag.

Vacuum the mattress: Use a vacuum with a hose and upholstery brush attachment to carefully vacuum the mattress, including the sides.

Turn it over and vacuum the other side.

Treat stains: For food and drink stains, dampen a microfiber cloth with warm water and wring it out.

Spray the stained area with an enzyme-based laundry stain remover, let it sit for at least 10 minutes, then gently scrub the area with the cloth. Rinse the cloth often and repeat as needed.

For urine stains, mix one-half teaspoon of an enzyme-based stain remover or heavy-duty laundry detergent with one cup of warm water. Dip a soft-bristled scrub brush in the solution and lightly scrub the stained area, working from the outside edges toward the center.

Blot the area with a dry towel to absorb moisture, sprinkle the stain with baking soda, and let it air-dry for several hours before vacuuming away the dried baking soda. For blood stains, use the same enzyme-based cleaner and water as for urine.

Once you’ve removed as much of the stain as possible, mix a thick paste of oxygen-based bleach powder and water, apply it to the remaining discoloration on the mattress, let it dry for several hours, and then vacuum away the dried powder.

Cleaning a Memory Foam Futon Mattress

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Illustrative image Cleaning a Memory Foam Futon Mattress

To clean a memory foam futon mattress, it’s important to avoid any wet cleaning solutions or steam.

Instead, for spills, use microfiber towels to soak up as much moisture as possible. Place the towels over the stain and apply pressure with your hands or a heavy object, changing the towels frequently.

Allow the mattress to air-dry, but avoid using any heat sources like a hairdryer or heater.

For regular cleaning, use a powerful hand-held vacuum with a soft brush attachment or a vacuum with a hose and upholstery brush.

Start on one side of the mattress and work in a circular motion over every surface to remove accumulated dust and dust mites.

Tips to Maintain a Clean Futon Mattress

To keep your futon mattress cleaner for longer, consider using a cover and make sure to wash or dry clean it at least once every season.

It’s also important to monitor humidity levels in the room to prevent the growth of mold and mildew spores. Avoid leaving damp items on the futon, as this can lead to moisture buildup and potentially cause mold growth.

If you have pets that are allowed on the futon, use a washable pad or blanket to protect the mattress from their fur and any accidents. Lastly, make sure to treat any accidental spills immediately to prevent stains from setting in.

*The information is for reference only.