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.
Timeframe : 1-2 Hours
Estimated Cost :
Futon Mattress : $400-$1000
Vacuum : $100-$1000
Baking Soda : $5
Cloth : $2
3) Baking Soda
Step 1: Dry Methods
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, then 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.
Step 2: Wet Methods
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, use 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.
STAIN AND MOISTURE PROTECTION
Start by using a removable cover or mattress pad. This will help to keep unwanted moisture from soaking into the core ingredients of your bed. A removable cover will make cleaning and protection easy, inexpensive and will keep your mattress dry and odor free for you and your family.
DO NOT MACHINE WASH
Mattress components are not meant to be washed. This includes the permanent casing, whether or not it is tufted on. Washing organic cotton quilted with wool will cause it to shrink.
Use a damp sponge and cold water and mild natural soap solution. Do not over saturate and air with a hair blower. You can vacuum your mattress to ensure it is dust free, while also circulating air through your mattress.
Natural fibers love sun, it is their natural rejuvenator. Placing your mattress in natural sunlight for a few hours removes excess moisture from the fibers and allows their natural crimp and loft to return. This relates to a longer lasting, more comfortable feeling mattress.
USE A SLATTED SURFACE
Our natural fiber mattresses need air circulation and should not be used on any solid surface such as the floor, or a plywood board. Improper air circulation will lead to rapid compression and possible moisture buildup underneath your mattress. We can manufacture a special mattress for you if the intended use is a solid surface.
BREAKING IN YOUR NEW WOOL OR COTTON MATTRESS
We pre-compress every bat of wool and cotton inside your mattress or topper to be sure that your mattress arrives even and flat. After we fill your mattress with all the ingredients, we tuft each mattress with 36-84 lace tufts (depending on the size). Tufting your mattress further prevents uneven compression. Once you begin to use your mattress, however, the Cotton and Wool fibers will start to compress. Mattresses made with natural plant or animal fibers will experience compression of 10-15% (1 to 2 inches) with normal daily use and usually takes place in the first 60 days. There are several things you can do to ensure proper natural compression. Flipping or rotating your mattress frequently and sleeping on all parts of your mattress including the center will help avoid uneven humps or lumps. If you purchased a wool topper fold it in half for a few hours when you change your sheets which will allow the middle of the topper to air out evenly.
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