Futons are one of the most versatile pieces of furniture you can buy. You can convert them back and forth between a sofa and bedform, making them ideal for both seating and sleeping. You can transport them easily, so you can relocate them throughout the room (or throughout the house). You can even customize the look of your futon with new covers anytime you choose.
But if you want to maximize the lifespan of your futon, it’s important to take preventative measures to protect your futon from wear and tear. Over time, your futon may become flatter, lumpier, or less comfortable; it may also take damage from spills and misuse. Fortunately, you can protect your futon from wear and tear with a few different strategies.
Start With the Right Investment
Some futon mattresses and frames are simply better made than others, so it’s important to start with the right investment. Shop around, looking at reviews and testimonials, to find a mattress that offers both comfort and long-term durability. Don’t be afraid to spend a bit extra if it means getting a mattress that’s going to naturally last longer.
Get the Right Cover (and Use It)
One of the most important tools in your arsenal of protecting your futon is going to be a futon cover. Futon covers are accessories designed to fit snugly over your futon and totally encase the mattress. They’re removable and washable, so if they suffer a spill or take any kind of damage, they can be removed, washed, repaired, and/or replaced – all without hurting the mattress underneath the cover.
Of course, if you want to get the most out of your futon cover, you’ll need to make the right investment.
· Size and fitting. Your futon cover should fit your mattress tightly, but not too tightly; if it’s too tight or too loose, it’s going to compromise its effectiveness. You can order a futon cover that’s custom-made, so you can be assured you’re getting the right fit.
· Material. You’ll also need to think about the material of your futon cover; different materials offer different strengths and weaknesses. A thick material may offer more strength, durability, and protection.
· Quality. Don’t forget to research the quality of the futon cover you’re buying. Look up customer reviews to see what people have had to say about it in the past.
Keep a futon cover on your futon mattress at all times to give yourself the best possible protection. You can also take better care of your futon cover with the following:
· Vacuum or brush the cover regularly. No matter how careful you are, your futon cover will eventually accumulate dirt, dust, crumbs, and other debris. Taking a moment to vacuum or brush off the cover regularly can keep it in better condition.
· Follow the cleaning instructions. Different types of fabric require different cleaning care. You can wash most futon covers, as long as you use a gentle cycle, but some materials must be dry cleaned.
· Replace as necessary. If you notice that your futon cover is becoming ripped or worn, it’s a good idea to replace it with a new one. It’s cheaper than buying a new mattress, and it’s easy to make the swap. Worn covers gradually offer less protection than new, sturdier ones.
Take Care of Your Mattress
It’s also important to take good care of your mattress, even if it’s protected by a cover. For example, you’ll want to flip and rotate your mattress regularly; this will ensure that the mattress sustains even wear, and that it doesn’t wear out prematurely.
Take precautions to avoid getting your mattress wet or damp as well. This could mean keeping your mattress in a dry area if, say, your basement is prone to flooding. If your mattress has a surface stain, treat it with a mild vinegar (or hydrogen peroxide) solution and a mildly damp cloth.
Periodically, take off your futon cover and vacuum the mattress itself. Some people also place their mattress, without a cover, outside on warm, sunny days to freshen and deodorize it.
Tend to the Frame
Don’t neglect the frame. Periodically, you’ll want to check your futon frame’s joints and retighten any loose nuts and bolts. You’ll also want to inspect metal frames for rust – and dust or polish wood frames to keep them in great condition. If you notice any parts that are worn or broken, replace them before the problem grows worse.
If taken care of correctly, futons have the potential to last for many years, or even decades. Protect your investment and keep your futon in great shape by following these pieces of advice and staying consistent in your furniture care habits.
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