How To Clean A Futon Mattress


A futon mattress is a great piece of furniture if you need to save space! Did you know that the average room of a new build is smaller than rooms of the 1970’s. In fact, up to 30% smaller.

Maximising space has never been more important & futon mattresses are just one of the many ways to do this.  If you have a futon mattress but are not sure how to take care of it and keep it clean, I’d like to share some top tips today.

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When it comes to how regularly you’ll need to clean your mattress, it comes down to common sense.  

How often is it used?

Is it a futon mattress in a spare room which gets visited several times a year, or is it a futon mattress which sits in your lounge and doubles up as a bed if guests come over?  The more its used, the more regularly you will need to clean it.

The Baking Soda Method

Freshen your futon mattress with baking soda all of the top of the mattress and leave for 15 minutes. The baking soda will absorb oils, sweat and odour.  

Then vacuum the baking soda off!  Aside from the absorbing properties of baking soda, another benefit of using it rather than just vacuuming the mattress is it’s much easier to see if you have vacuumed the entire mattress. 

Without anything covering the mattress it’s easy to do a quick sweep and not get the entire mattress. The baking soda will ensure you do a proper job.

Spot Clean

From time to time you may get stains on your futon mattress. If this happens then you’ll need to clean those stains up but it’s important not to soak the mattress when you do.  

There are a huge range of stain removers on the market, just make sure that whatever you choose is not too abrasive & doesn’t need to be fully washed out.  

Blot the stain remover onto the stain with a damp cloth and work the stain from the outside into the centre, this will stop the strain from getting any bigger. Repeat several times until the stain has been removed & then leave to dry.

Buy A Futon Cover

I’m sure you heard the phrase prevention is better than cure! Well, when it comes to your futon mattress your protection is a futon cover. There are so many stunning futon covers on the market that you will be able to find something you like.  If you can’t find a cover to fit your style of futon then a throw will also do the trick.   A cover or throw can be taken off and washed very easily, it’s the same as getting a mattress protector, well worth the investment.

It’s worth taking care of your futon mattress so that it last longer.  They can be costly to buy & you’ll want to make sure it lasts as long as possible. Use these tips for cleaning your mattress & making sure you don’t cause it further damage in the process.


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