Traditional Japanese Futon Care

A traditional Japanese futon is very different from other types of futon on sale and there are certain things that can be done to keep the futon in tip top condition.

Cotton in the layered form of a futon compresses with time and use and so Japanese often air their mattresses on ledges of balconies or a strong clothes line so that the fibres can be freshened by passing air. If this can be done on a sunny day then the warmth from the sun will invigorate the cotton fibres and the depth of the futon can increase to up to double its compressed size.

Although it is not always possible in the depths of a UK winter, it is good practice to air your futon outside in the sun. If this is impractical then futon can be draped over furniture or clothes horses in a warm environment so that there is warm air circulating around the futon. As it is made from 100% natural materials, without fire retardants, please take care to ensure there is no direct or strong heat close to the futon.

In place of the traditional beating the advice from the maker is to vacuum the surface of the futon.

We supply zipped covers for futons which can be used as a semi-permanent cover used under a standard fitted bed sheet. These will help to protect the futon from the accumulation of dust.

The futon should not be washed or dry cleaned as this will cause the cotton fibres to bunch together and compromise the comfort. However a damp cloth can be used on the cover to remove any unwanted dirt or marks taking care not to saturate the cotton underneath,

Your futon can be stored in a normal cupboard, but it is not advised to keep the fibres too compressed as this with affect the future comfort of the futon. Folding them in three as shown in the shop images is a good way to store them.

We hope that your futon gives you many years of pleasure – please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.