Monthly Archives: February 2015

Spring Cleaning and Getting Your Futon Ready

It was just like any other winter until out of nowhere, everything just froze, bringing us one of the coldest winters in history! Unless you’re living in South Florida or somewhere in Santa Barbara, you probably haven’t left your house in quite some time.

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Hopefully your living room doesn’t look like this

It seems like the recent cold spell will never end, but very soon we’ll finally get to open our windows and once again and enjoy the warm sun.  When the pleasant weather finally returns, that can only mean one thing: Spring cleaning!

Spring cleaning is more important than you might think. A thorough, top to bottom cleaning of your house can make all the difference during the first warm days of the year. Getting rid of all that dust and household grime that accumulates in the winter will help you avoid getting sick, and also make you more productive overall.

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When it comes to spring cleaning, the most commonly used household items are obviously sleep and lounge furniture. Our futons aren’t just cheap and efficient, but they’re also easy to clean and maintain. Here are some very useful tips on how to properly clean your futon items and make the most of your house for the spring.

YOUR FUTON MATTRESS

The Vinegar Approach – This method is often regarded as the most organic and effective at cleaning your futon. Using vinegar is best when you’re trying to get rid of mold and mildew. Not only does vinegar fight mold and mildew, but it also removes the stains that might result:

  • Mix one cup of white distilled vinegar with about four cups of water.
  • Use a sponge or thick cleaning material that hasn’t been used.
  • After the sponge absorbs the vinegar mixture, squeeze out any excess solution, then dab the areas of your mattress that are infected with mold or mildew.
  • Once you’ve dabbed all the areas, dry your futon mattress outdoors so the sun will kill any bacteria and also remove odors.

Steam Cleaning – For soaked stains and spots that are really tough to remove, a steam cleaner can come in handy.

  • With the mattress cover removed, use the steam cleaner against any visible surface stains.
  • Be sure not to apply too much pressure and avoid getting the mattress wet. Otherwise, it will take a longer amount of time to dry and attract bacteria more easily.
  • Once you’re done steam cleaning, use a damp cloth to clean those same areas. Once again, make sure you don’t get the mattress too wet.
  • Set your mattress out to dry in the sun. Make sure it’s completely dry before taking it back in.
  • Once your futon mattress is dry and back inside, vacuum the surface all over to make sure its dust and dirt free.

Your Futon Mattress Cover

At Shop4Futons, we offer a huge selection of futon mattress covers, ranging from 4 different types of materials to over 50 colors. Despite the wide variety, there’s a specific approach to cleaning a futon cover, and it applies to all the covers we sell.

  • All of our covers are treated with a stain resistant finish that can wash out if cleaned in a washing machine.
  • Make sure you vacuum the fabric to remove any dust, then wipe the surface with a slightly damp sponge or cloth. You can use just water to treat the cover, but the vinegar approach works just the same as it does on your mattress.
  • Once you’ve dabbed the areas you need, use a dry cloth to treat the dampened areas.
  • As a last resort, covers can be washed in a conventional washing machine using cold water on a delicate setting. When drying, it’s best to use a medium heat setting. Once your cover is washed and dried, we recommend you retreat the fabric with a spray on fabric protector such as Scotch Guard.

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