So, you have just bought a futon. Wise choice indeed! Futons are great for many reasons. They can save space, they can be comfortable and also quite fashionable. They can be a bed or a couch, so it can save space and money.
However, you want to take care of it too, especially the futon mattress. You want it to last, look and smell clean. You will have to do some general maintenance cleaning and occasionally, you may have to do a bigger cleaning job. Let’s look at some of the ways to take care of your futon mattress.
1. Surface Stains
Even if you do not have kids, accidents can happen. That means there could be spills that cause a stain. Let’s face it, you will use your futon regularly. When there is a spill, it has to be dealt with quickly and properly. Whatever solids and liquids have fallen, remove as much as possible first. Use a clean cloth to blot it. Do not rub it, as tempting as it may be. Rubbing can not only spread it but can also cause some damage.
After you finish blotting, use another clean cloth (dampened with water) and pour a little bit of laundry detergent directly on the stain. About a teaspoon should suffice. Now you can use a damp cloth to gently rub the stain in order to remove it. Next, rinse the detergent away with another cloth that has been dampened with warm water.
2. Stain Remover
If you wish, you can also use a laundry stain remover spray but do not overdo it with the spray. The stain remover should have its own instructions, so follow through. Use warm water to dampen a cloth and rinse the stain remover. Once dry, you can resume use of the futon. Just remember never to over saturate it as this can cause other issues.
With kids and pets in the household, chances are that the mattress may eventually get that not so fresh smell. Lay the futon mattress flat. Run a vacuum cleaner over it. Then, sprinkle some baking soda and let this sit for about half an hour. This will allow the baking soda to absorb any odours. After half an hour, run the vacuum cleaner over it again to get rid of the baking soda. If you want, you can do this to the other side of the futon mattress as well to give it a thorough cleaning to get rid of any odours.
4. The Routine Stuff
Regular cleaning of the futon will help it to both look and smell good. Once in a while, you can rotate or flip the mattress so it has a more even wear. This can also help it to last longer. You can also vacuum it on a weekly basis. If it happens to be in the couch position, don’t forget to get into those folds. You can also use a futon cover to protect it from stains. This will also reduce the wear and tear. There are some gorgeous futon covers available.
Don’t forget to wipe down the frame as well. With so much attention paid to the mattress, let’s not forget that there’s a frame!