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Have you ever stopped mid-way lying down on your futon after getting a whiff of a foul stench, making you think a rat just died between the folds?
Or were there times when you were about to sit down and thought your dog farted when it’s the stinky smell of your futon permeating the air?
You are not alone! A lot of us wondered the same thing and then, unfortunately, realized it was our futons that smelled.
In this article, we will uncover the top 2 reasons why your futon reeks, and what you can do to get rid of the foul odor.
Top 2 reasons why futon smell
- YOU – It might be hard to admit that you are the main reason your foam stinks, but facts are hard to deny.
Your sweat, saliva, dead skin, and body stench all get trapped in the cotton mattress and build up over time.
Without proper care, dirt and moisture can build up, resulting in an unpleasant stench.
- Mold – Poor ventilation and humid air cause this phenomenon. If your futon is in a humid room, you will likely sweat a lot during your sleep.
Your sweat, dead skin, and spilled drinks or food, combined with the room temperature, make the perfect breeding grounds for molds.
When molds form, expect your bed to emanate a musty smell or stink like a rotting vegetable you forgot to dispose of.
How to get rid of the smell
Now that you know the answer to the WHY, it’s time to learn about the HOW – how to eliminate of the stinky smell.
In a perfect world, you might be able to prevent your futon from getting smelly. If you’re busy with work and have little time for anything but sleep when you get home, it’s understandable if your futon starts smelling.
There are a few things you can do to get rid of the bad smell and keep your futon clean.
- Although washing is impossible, if you can, hang the futon mattress on a rack and let it completely dry in the sun to remove excess moisture.
If this is not an option, you can always prop it inside your house while aiming a fan at it.
- After you air dry the mattress, sprinkle baking soda on the futon and let it sit for about an hour. Afterward, run the vacuum over the mattress to remove the baking soda.
- Clean your futon by vacuuming both sides to remove as much loose dirt attached to it. Before vacuuming, make sure to unfold it to get rid of any unwanted debris that may be stuck to it.
If you have one handy, use an upholstery brush to get the dirt wedged between cracks and crevices.
- Spot clean stains using a damp cloth or sponge, mild laundry detergent, and a small amount of warm water.
Do not soak the cloth with soapy water to prevent more moisture from seeping into the mattress.
Our busy lives often make us forget that our bed is a vital part of our life. We spend hours resting and sleeping on it, so it is only right that we keep our futon clean and well-maintained.
Here are some quick and easy cleaning tips you can follow to care for your mattress.
- Flip the futon memory foam or mattress at least once a month to air out both sides and prevent moisture build-up.
- Blot spilled drinks or food with paper towels to stop liquid from soaking into the mattress.
- Use futon toppers or covers to protect the mattress.
Seasonal Maintenance: How Weather Impacts Futon Odor
Seasonal changes and weather conditions can have a significant impact on how your futon smells.
To keep your futon smelling fresh all year and free from bed bugs, adjust your cleaning routine with the seasons.
Here’s a closer look at how weather can affect the scent of the mattress and some practical tips for maintaining freshness in different seasons:
In spring, higher humidity can lead to mold and mildew growth.
- Ensure your futon is thoroughly dried after cleaning, as moisture can accumulate.
- Use a dehumidifier in your bedroom to control excess humidity.
Weather Impact: Hot and humid summer weather can lead to sweat and moisture buildup on your futon.
- Air your futon regularly to prevent sweat from causing odors.
- Consider using moisture-absorbing materials, like silica gel packs, to keep the futon dry.
In the fall, open windows and falling leaves can bring dust and allergens into your home, affecting your futon’s cleanliness and smell.
- Use a futon cover to protect against dust and allergens.
- Vacuum the futon and the surrounding area regularly.
Weather Impact: Cold and damp conditions can make futons prone to musty odors.
- Ensure your home is well-ventilated, even during the winter, to prevent moisture buildup.
- Consider using a space heater or dehumidifier if your home is particularly cold and damp.
Personal Recommendation on Natural Fresheners
From my experience, I suggest adding natural fresheners to your futon care routine to keep it smelling good.
Keep in mind that their effectiveness can vary with the seasons.
I use lavender sachets and cedar chips during summer and fall. They provided a pleasant scent and worked as natural pest control.
In spring and winter, I use citrus peels or essential oils to combat musty odors and make the room more inviting.
By adjusting my futon care seasonally and using natural fresheners, I enjoy a fresh and comfy sleep year-round.