How do I clean a futon?

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    We just bought a futon from East West Futons and we love it! I wanted to know how you guys take care of it. Can you offer any cleaning and maintenance tips?

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  • passionfruit
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    You can maintain it by vacuuming the mattress every week. I would suggest removing the peg things and lay it flat. Then you can vacuum it freely without having to worry about getting in those folds while it is in the couch position.

    Make sure that the vacuum cleaner does not have tough bristles. Vacuum gently. You can also throw on a futon cover to give the futon mattress more protection.


    You can get some really beautiful futon covers, or just go back to where you bought the futon and ask them for covers. This will also reduce the wear and tear on your mattress, making it last longer.


    If you really want expert help, why don’t you just ask advice from where you bought the futon? After all, they are experts and can give you the best tips.


    My hubby and I got a futon a couple of years ago, I think. Even to this day, it’s still easy to clean and maintain. You can do this at regular intervals. The only time you need to worry is if you spill something. That’s when you better act fast! Even then, you can take care of it.

    My advice? You can just do regular cleaning and maintenance stuff just like you would with most things. This will help it to look good and not get any odours.


    Another thing you can do once in a while is to rotate or flip the mattress. This way, there is more even wear. When you do this, there is a very good chance that the mattress will also last much longer.


    Sometimes, accidents happen and you may spill something on the futon. Try not to rub on a spill but use blotting instead. If you rub it, it can get worse. Use a clean cloth.

    Once you remove as much as you can by blotting, pour a little laundry detergent directly on the stain. Use another clean but damp cloth. Rub very gently to remove the stain. Then you can take another clean cloth dampened with warm water to get rid of the detergent.


    I love one of the answers suggested earlier about flipping the mattress. I have never once flipped my mattress, but I tried it this morning and it’s pretty effective!


    If you have kids and especially pets, there may be some odour issues. Remove the pegs and lay the futon flat. Gently use a vacuum cleaner on it. Sprinkle some baking soda on the mattress and leave it for 30 minutes.


    Run the vacuum cleaner again to get rid of the baking soda. You could do this on the other side, but you can also wait until you flip it over. Make sure to wipe down the frame of the futon as well.

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