Since futons are usually used for a variety of activities, they are more susceptible to spills, stains and other messes. It’s important to be prepared for these messes right from the start and get a machine washable futon cover. This way, your futon mattress will be better protected.
How to Protect Your Futon Cover Against Dirt & Stains:
Of course, you don’t want your cover to be a disaster either. No one wants to be washing it all the time or have it full of stains.
Use a spray-on fabric guard to protect your futon slipcover. Just spray it on and let it dry.
This simple technique can help repel liquids and block stains, therefore making your cover look better for longer. It does all this without requiring any more work.
You can usually find them at your local furniture or department store or online at stores like Amazon.
Cleaning Up a Spill…
So what if you get a spill and you don’t have a slipcover and you haven’t spray-protected the fabric? Use a small amount of warm water with mild laundry detergent and try to rub out the stain. Sometimes a dark-colored stain may call for soda water.
I have personally used Resolve Carpet Cleaner, and it works well for me. However, I have not heard people recommend this solution. Most importantly, you don’t want to soak your futon mattress. If it gets so wet that it remains damp for a long time, this can lead to a mildew-smelling mattress.
Keeping Your Futon Fresh-Smelling:
You don’t want your furniture to stink. Although this may never turn into a problem for you, here are some tips.
First of all, a spray deodorizer can often do the trick. Second, if you happen to have a steam cleaner, this can help too. Again, using a futon cover comes in handy. Just throw it in the wash to remove all of the dirt and smells.
More Tips on How to Clean a Futon Mattress:
Don’t be afraid to vacuum your futon either. Even if it doesn’t look dirty and dusty to the naked eye, a good vacuuming is likely to suck up a lot of stuff you don’t want on your sofa – or bed.