How To Clean A Futon Mattress

The futon is one of the most durable items of furniture. It’s soft enough to use as a mattress. But it can also act as a couch. But this can lead to a few problems. Sometimes, dirt and debris can get stuck inside the folds of the futon. Not only is this unsanitary but it can also cause the futon to start to stink. Here are some simple ways to keep a futon mattress clean.

Vacuum The Mattress

The first step that you need to do is take off the protective cover if the futon has one. Most of these covers will be easy to clean. You’ll be able to put them into the washing machine. Make sure to dry it thoroughly before you put it back.

Before you vacuum it, you will need to make sure that it has been unrolled. Now, run the vacuum over the futon. This will allow you to suck up any dirt and debris that is on the surface. If there are any divots on the surface, you might want to run a brush through them, bringing any lingering dirt to the surface. You can also the brush to get into the corners of the mattress. When you have done this, flip the mattress over and repeat the process on the other side.

Using Baking Soda To Remove Odors

Sometimes, you will notice that your mattress is starting to smell. This is natural. Over time, it will absorb liquids, like spilled drinks and sweat. This is what is making it stink. The good news is there is an easy way to get it to smell fresh again.

First, you’ll need to sprinkle some baking soda over the mattress. This will soak up the moisture that is causing the bad smell. You’ll need to leave it to sit for around an hour. Once the time limit is up, vacuum up the baking soda.

Sunning The Mattress

Another way of cleaning your mattress is by putting it in the sun. This will air it out, which can help control odors. The UV rays from the sun will penetrate the mattress. This can kill some types of bacteria. Often, you’ll only need to leave it in the sun for an hour.

Using Steam To Remove Odors

If baking soda and airing out the mattress doesn’t work, you might want to think about using steam. Before doing this, check the cleaning instructions. Some futons aren’t designed to be cleaned with steam. If this isn’t a problem, run the steam head over the futon. This will allow you to get rid of any lingering stains or smells.

Removing Stains

Sometimes, you will spill something on the futon, causing it to stain. The good news is that there is a simple solution that you can explore. You need to dot some washing detergent on this area. Then, use a damp cloth to apply some cold water to the area. You might need to rub a little, to get rid of the stain. Most stains will be removed fairly quickly.  Make sure that the mattress is completely dry before you put the cover back on. This ensures that mold won’t grow on the futon.

However, this method does come with a word of warning. In rare situations, it can leave the futon discolored. To make sure that this doesn’t happen to you, it’s best to test the detergent on an innocuous section of the mattress first.

If the washing detergent isn’t working properly, there is another option that you might want to explore. You might want to mix water with vinegar. Then, dab this mixture on the stain. You might need to apply a little elbow grease to get rid of the stain.

Getting Mold Out Of The Mattress

One of the biggest issues that you will encounter is mold. This often occurs when the mattress has been left damp, allowing the spores to germinate. Unfortunately, this can present a severe health issue. This article goes into more detail about the potential health problems that mold can cause.

The good news is that you will be able to remove it from your mattress. First, you want to vacuum the mattress. This will remove any spores that remain on the mattress surface. Next, you will need to use soap and water to remove the mold. If the spores have recently germinated, this should be enough to get rid of the mold. If that doesn’t work, you might need to mix some bleach and water.

You’ll need to use one cup of bleach in a gallon of water. If you want, you can put this mixture into a spray bottle, to better target the stain. This site goes into more depth about how you can use bleach to remove mold.

Drying The Futon Mattress

If the mattress gets wet during the cleaning process, it’s important to wait for it to dry before you put it away again. There are a few ways that you can do this. If you only got a small area wet, you might be able to use a paper towel to pat it dry.

If it was a larger area, it’s best to leave it outside in the sun. The UV radiation will kill off any bacteria. If it isn’t a sunny day and you need to dry the futon inside, you can use a hairdryer. Alternatively, you can use baking soda. Leave it on the mattress. This will absorb the moisture and you can vacuum it off after an hour.

Cleaning The Frame

When you have removed the futon from the bed, it’s the ideal time to make sure that the bed frame is clean. This is super simple. All you need to do is get a damp cloth. Then, rub this over the metal frame. By doing this, any dust, dirt, and grime will be removed. 

How Often Do You Have To Clean A Futon Mattress? 

It’s important to make sure that you are taking care of your futon mattress regularly. If you spill something, it’s best to address it immediately. This will stop it from sinking into the mattress and doing any damage.

How often you need to wash your futon will depend on how often you use it. Generally, though, it’s best to wash it around two to three times per month. While you are washing the cover, it’s a great chance to sun the mattress, airing it out. It’s also a good time to inspect the futon, seeing if any stains need to be addressed.

Tips On Finding A High-Quality Futon Mattress

If you are planning on buying a futon mattress, it’s important to buy something that is built to last. To help you do this, there are a few things that you should be looking for. First, it’s important to look at the type of materials that are used. There are many different options to choose from. You can get a memory foam mattress or you can get a poly-cotton blend. Pick the one that is most comfortable for you.

One of the best ways to get an understanding of the quality of the futon mattress is by looking at the warranty period. You can expect to find something between one to five years. This will tell you that the company stands behind its products.

It’s also a good idea to look at the reviews. You want to make sure that the customers were satisfied with the products that they received. This resource provides some excellent analysis to help you find the best futon mattress for you. 

Taking Care Of Your Futon Mattress

Once you’ve found your ideal futon mattress, you need to take care of it, so that it will last for a long time. There are a few simple ways that you can do this.

First, you’ll need to use a cover. Sometimes this will come with the futon. If not, you will need to purchase it separately. There are plenty to pick from, so you’ll be able to find something that will fit your mattress. This is a good way of protecting the mattress from any spills and stopping dust and debris from getting into the futon.

It’s also important to make sure that you are turning the mattress. You’ll need to do this once a month. This is especially important when you have something as soft as the futon. This will ensure that it doesn’t start to sag. You might need to do this more frequently when you first get it. Aim for once a week for the first few months.

Thirdly, it’s important to think about where you are putting the mattress. It’s important to make sure that there is adequate airflow. If you don’t, there is a greater chance that mold spores can take hold. Because of this, it’s not a good idea to put the futon onto the floor. 


A futon is very versatile. It can be used as a couch or converted into a mattress for your bed. It will be easy for you to keep it clean, taking just a few minutes every few months. If you do this, your futon should last for many years to come.  

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