How to wash a futon

Futons are a convenient and lightweight alternative for sofas and couches. While a futon may seem like a simple piece of furniture, there are actually many things you need to pay attention to before you wash it. First and foremost, you should clean the futon properly to remove the dust and dirt hiding between the seams. Then it’s important to disintegrate the fabric. The fabric should be treated before washing. Finally, you must dry the futon in the sun. Here’s how to wash a futon.

How to wash a Japanese futon

Safety Checklist

  1. First, it is crucial to investigate whether your Futon can fit into the washing machine completely. Be careful to check that the washing machine is not overloaded; otherwise, the Futon will not come out clean.
  2. Begin the cleaning process at the start of your day. Starting at this time will give your Futon a total of 24 hours to dry.  
  3. If you have got a dryer on the premises, you can wash anytime you prefer. If not, it is best to clean the Futon on a sunny day to help dry it quickly. 
  4. You can only machine wash your Futon if the washer can handle around 5 kg (11 lb.). This limit means the washer can take light blankets generally around the same weight as futons. 
  5. If the washing machine you have is not big enough, you can consider using a commercial laundromat machine. These are often designed to be more significant to save the consumer time and money.
  6. It is advisable to avoid washing your Futon in the washer if it is made from feathers.

Steps to clean Japanese Futon

Fold up the Futon

Roll up your Futon in a similar manner to how you would with a sleeping bag. Doing so will help it fit into the washer. 

Tie the Futon

If you want to make sure that you get an even wash for your Futon, then you may want to tie it before it goes in the washer. It is good to practice doing so, but it’s not completely necessary. 

Activate the washing machine and add detergent

Many consumers worldwide struggle to find special futon detergent on the market. This problem is even found in Japan, where the Futons come from. Therefore, it is best to use your favorite detergent for practical purposes. You can choose between both powder and liquid. Make sure to select a product with the scent you like because you will have to sleep on it. Make sure to add the detergent to the designated area on the washing machine. Avoid placing detergent directly on your Futon because it is powerful and will damage the material.

Place Futon firmly in the washer.

This part is relatively straightforward but be careful not to overload the machine when putting your Futon in the washer cylinder.

Wash the Futon for 45 minutes

Use the least powerful option on the washer. It is OK to use only cold or room-temperature water. Most washing machines will heat this to at least 60 degrees C (140 degrees F). At this temperature, dirt and grime begin to dissolve.

Ensuring that your washing machine doesn’t over wring your Futon is crucial. This movement could shorten the lifespan of your futon mattress.

When the wash is complete, squeeze out water.

A simple but fun method of wringing the water out of your mattress is to place it in the tub and step on it. Your washing machine will also likely have a wring setting that you can use to rinse the Futon of water. 

Give your futon time to completely dry.

It is vital to make sure your Futon is completely dry before going further. The most optimal option to dry your Futon is to place it in the sun for 8 hours. The sunlight will freshen up the Futon and give it a wholesome clean smell. A rotting smell will develop if you store it without the Futon being completely dry. This smell is likely a result of mold.

Steam cleaning futon mattress

Steam cleaning allows you to give your Futon a deeper wash. Combining this with a fabric freshener will be helpful for those days you need to give your couch a quick refresher. Before performing any of this, you must check your manufacturer’s instructions. They will often provide advice on using a steam cleaner on the mattress.

How to wash a futon mattress

Flip over the Mattress

It is a good idea to flip your Japanese futon mattress every three months. This simple action will help to shorten the cleaning process for the Futon. Depending on the traffic that the futon mattress will handle, you may have to rotate the mattress more often. Flipping over your mattress in the long term will prevent any sink spots or stain build-up. This action will result in the Futon having a longer life. 

Start with the apparent surface stains

Get out a washcloth and add a little water until it’s damp. You can add warm water and mild laundry detergent to this wet cloth. This solution will help you to deal with any unsightly surface stains efficiently. Ensure not to use too much detergent for this process; otherwise, you can experience mildew.

Deodorize the Futon

To have the best experience on the clean Futon, you must deal with any foul odors. The first step is to unfold the Futon so the mattress is flat and then add a layer of baking soda to the surface of the mattress. When complete, you need to wait for an hour to allow the material to absorb the baking soda. When the hour has elapsed, you can vacuum off the baking soda. 

Aerate the Mattress

Place your Futon in a well-ventilated area and ensure it is entirely bare. Remove any covers or bedding to allow the air to penetrate the material. Let this process happen for about 45 minutes. This time length will give the mattress time to freshen up. For faster air out, you can use a dryer. 

Vacuum the Futon 

Vacuuming is a necessary process that your mattress needs regularly. It is best to aim to vacuum your Futon monthly. This process is vital to keeping the bed free of dust and dust mites. These can quickly accumulate without vacuuming. It is advisable to use the upholstery attachment for the best results. 

Make sure to maintain the frame.

Taking off the mattress from the futon frame should be part of the cleaning process. This action will allow you to examine the mechanisms and joints on the frame. Regular checkups of the structure help you to identify bent or rusted joints. When you find any of these damaged areas, you can provide some TLC. This action includes tightening any screws if needed. You will also have to dust and polish those with hardwood frames. If it is metal, then wipe it down with a damp cloth.

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