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How To Properly Clean A Futon

Posted on November 9, 2022

Futons are a favorite mattress option all across the country. Originating in Japan, futons entered the American market in the 80’s and have been popular ever since. And like all furniture, it’s important to keep your futon clean. Here’s how to stay on top of futon cleaning.

Before Any Cleaning – Vacuum

Before doing any kind of cleaning on your futon, try to vacuum first. If you vacuum, you get all of the dry particles on the surface out of the way, making it easier to clean deeper. Vacuuming alone isn’t the most effective cleaning method, but you should always do it first.

Once A Week – Cleaning Solution

You should perform a rudimentary cleaning once a week to keep everything in good shape. There are a large variety of cleaning solutions available, and you should try to figure out which one your futon can handle. 

After Getting A Stain – Laundry Detergent

A solution of laundry detergent and water is a fantastic way to clean your South Central home’s futon. You can likely clean it in the washing machine, but if it doesn’t fit, you can dab on laundry detergent anyway. This is an old upholstery cleaning technique that gets laundry results without needing to fit a futon in a washing machine.

For Smelly Stains – Baking Soda

If you need a quick deodorizer, baking soda does a great job. Baking soda is very absorbent, meaning all you need to do is sprinkle some on your stain and let it sit for half an hour. After that, vacuum it up, and your stain should be smelling better.

For Tough Smelly Stains – Vinegar

Sometimes baking soda isn’t enough to fully remove or deodorize a stain. That’s where vinegar comes in. Mix one part vinegar in one part water and spray it on your stain. But be careful, and make sure your futon can handle stronger cleaners like this.

For Extremely Tough Stains – Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a strong cleaning solution that should be applied carefully to your South Central home’s futon. Try doing some spot testing on an inconspicuous part of your futon before using it on a stain. That said, hydrogen peroxide can work wonders on some stains.

For Organic Stains – Enzyme Cleaner

Enzyme-based cleaners work best on organic stains. There’s a large variety of enzyme cleaners to choose from, so try them out to determine which works best for your stain and futon. This is very commonly used in mattress cleaning to deal with bodily fluids.

After Finding Mold – Bleach

If you’ve gotten any kind of moisture on your futon, beware of mold. You must destroy mold spores at the source, and as completely as possible. If you have a mold problem, mix one cup of bleach in one gallon of water and spray it on the mold. Although once again, don’t forget to spot-test and try not to damage the futon in the process.

When Cleaning The Frame – Damp Washcloth

It’s easy to focus on the mattress itself, but don’t forget to clean the frame every once in a while as well. For this, a simple damp washcloth should do.

Once A Year – Professional Steam Cleaning

None of these cleaning solutions will be able to completely remove the deep-set soils in your futon. That’s why you need to call for mattress cleaning at least once a year. A South Central carpet cleaner can steam clean your futon, eliminating significantly more grime than usual.

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