How To Clean Your Futon Mattress
There are several ways to clean your futon mattress. There are 2 main category methods for cleaning your futon, the dry methods and the wets method. The dry methods are required for routine cleaning and maintenance of your futon mattress. There are three dry methods. They include vacuuming your futon, "sunning" your futon and sprinkling your futon with baking soda. Your futon mattress needs sunlight to help remove excess moisture from the fibers, while vacuuming removes dirt, dust, or skin cells from your mattress. The last "dry" method involves sprinkling baking soda over your mattress and leaving it for about an hour, the vacuuming it clean. These methods combined will help to eliminate the occurrence of mold, dust mites, and odors .
The dry methods work well for routine maintenance. The wet methods are used to remove staining or to treat soiling of your futon. Depending on the type of stain you are cleaning, the solution will differ. The main types of stains you will encounter are mold and mildew, blood, urine, and wine. When cleaning these stains, it is important not to over saturate your futon. If possible, us a cloth and blot out any existing moisture or wetness. Do not rub or scrub, as this may work the stain farther into the mattress.
Below is a list of cleaning solutions to use for each type of stain
- Peroxide - Spray a small amount of hydrogen peroxide onto the stain and blot dry. This step may need to be repeated.
- Baking Soda - mix 2 parts water to 1 part baking soda and apply to the stain. Use small circles then blot dry.
- Vinegar - mix 2:1 vinegar to water mixture and blot stain. sprinkle with baking soda and set overnight. vacuum in the morning
- Enzyme Cleaner - Nature's Miracle Enzyme Cleaner works very well for dealing with urine stains and odor.
- Rubbing Alcohol - Do not pour directly on the stain. Blot a clean towel in the alcohol, then onto the stain.
- Salt - This works best on fresh stains. Coat the stained area with salt and let it sit for 8-12 hours.
- Mold and Mildew
- Rubbing Alcohol - blot liberal amounts of rubbing alcohol on the stains. blot dry. treat with baking soda and vacuum
- Disinfectant Cleaners - To make sure there are no residual mold spores or mildew, use Clorox or Lysol. Blot and Dry
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