Futons are perfect for both sitting and sleeping. The constant use can lead to a dirty futon, so it is important to regularly clean it to keep it looking like new. Here are some tips on how to take care of your futon mattress.
Start by getting a replaceable futon cover for your futon mattress. This will keep most of the dust and moisture from getting to the mattress. A removable cover is an affordable solution to keep your mattress dry and odor-free. The covers are washable and can be easily replaced.
Mattress casing is not meant to be washed, whether or not it is tufted on. For spot cleaning, you can use a damp sponge or a washcloth, warm water, and a mild soap solution. Do not over-saturate and air it with a hair blower. You can also vacuum the mattress to ensure it is dust-free while also circulating air through your futon.
Air your futon whenever possible. Natural fibers love the sunlight. Hang your futon mattress for a few hours outdoors during a time of day when the air is relatively dry. This will kill any possible fungus or mold and prolong the life of your mattress. The fresh air also keeps it from smelling stale and allows its natural crimp and loft to return. You can also use a beater (similar to the one you would use on a carpet) to beat out the dust while at it.
The futon mattress fibers need air circulation, so it shouldn't be used on a solid surface like the floor or plywood board. Most futon frames use horizontal or vertical slats to allow proper air circulation, slow down the mattress compression and avoid the moisture buildup. The slats, where your futon mattress will be resting, offer the best support if they’re about 2.5 to 3 inches wide and an equal distance apart. Remember that the padding will be resting on the slats. You don’t want the mattress to sag so the space between the slats shouldn’t be too wide.
Most futon mattresses are shipped pre-compressed in plastic or cardboard packaging. Once opened, it will break in within 48 hours after you take it out of the shipping box. Flipping and rotating your mattress frequently and sleeping on all parts of your mattress including the center will help avoid uneven humps or lumps. Rotating your futon mattress will keep it from developing sink spots and give it a longer life. When you first purchase your futon, rotate the mattress on a regular basis during the first 30 days to ensure optimal weight distribution.