How to Clean a Futon Cover: From Filthy to Sparkling New
How to Clean a Futon Cover

How to Clean a Futon Cover: From Filthy to Sparkling New

While the job of a futon cover is to protect your mattress from any dirt or spillage, some people use futon covers as another way to jazz up their home décor. They are cheap in itself and significantly cheaper than redoing your whole furniture. However, learning how to clean a futon cover may not always be simple.

You will find that futon covers come in a wide variety of colors, designs, and most importantly, material. Since each of them differs so much from one another, it only goes without saying that the way to wash each of them also vary.

The best way to find out how you could clean the futon cover appropriately would be to look at the care instructions that would be attached to the futon cover. Alternatively, you could visit the manufacturer’s website to get an idea.

Although, there are times that you will not find these instructions anywhere or they are not detailed enough, and that could make things difficult for you. So, we provide you with detailed instructions on cleaning your futon cover in multiple ways.

How to Clean a Futon Cover: The Three Different Ways

If you don’t find any instructions on the proper cleaning of your futon cover, the following three ways are the best possible way you can clean the cover. These methods include either machine washing, spot cleaning, or dry cleaning.

Machine Washing a Futon Cover

  • Start the process by taking the futon cover off from the futon.
  • Find the tag on the cover that carries the special instructions on how to clean that particular futon appropriately.
  • If you do not find any special instructions on the futon cover, then you can just continue with what we have mentioned below or choose to dry clean the cover.
  • Thoroughly go through the entire futon cover to find any spots or stains. Pre-treat them with your choice of stain remover. To ensure that this stain remover won’t harm or damage the cover’s fabric, test the remover on a small part somewhere that is not typically visible when in use.
  • Take your futon cover and put it inside your washing machine. Make sure that the futon cover is loosely fit. If you find yourself trying hard to stuff it inside the machine, then the machine is definitely small in size. In such cases, you can go to your nearest laundromat, which typically has large-sized washing machines and dryers.
  • Use a mild detergent and not too much of it to clean the futon cover. Check the ingredients of this detergent carefully as it should not contain any sort of bleach. Bleach is guaranteed to discolor your futon cover.
  • Unless the futon cover specifically mentions to wash it with hot water, we recommend placing your washing machine on a cold water setting or a cold rinse cycle. Hot water could damage the cover and could also possibly make it shrink.
  • Once the wash cycle is complete, remove the futon cover from the machine and then place it in your dryer. Again, if you feel that you need to stuff the futon cover in your dryer, it is best to take it to a laundromat as it requires proper air circulation during the drying cycle.
  • If the futon cover mentions to tumble-dry the cover on a specific heat setting, then only then should you choose to do so. Else, it is best to choose tumble dry with a very low heat setting or even no heat setting.
  • If the cover is very large in size, it would be ideal for you to pull the cover out from the dryer and then flip it around so that there is even drying.
  • Once the drying process is complete, take the cover out from the dryer and check that it is absolutely dry everywhere. If not, put it back on the futon mattress.

Spot Removal

Sometimes it may not be necessary to clean the entire futon cover for just a small stain. In times like these, spot removal is the best solution. For this process, you will need a mild and a non-bleach detergent, sponge, small bucket, clean white cloths, and some water.

  • Take the small bucket with water and mix in a small amount of the detergent in it.
  • Dip the sponge in this water to moisten it, wring it thoroughly, and then gently rub it over the spot you are trying to clean until the point you see the dirt completely vanished. Be extremely careful not to saturate the whole area as the extra water will get soaked into the cover and the mattress. This, in turn, will cause more problems if it doesn’t dry out properly.
  • Once the stain is completely gone, take the clean white cloth to get rid of any excess soap and to also soak up the little water present on that spot.
  • Rinse and re-moisten the sponge thoroughly with fresh water.
  • Use this sponge to rinse the whole area once again to get rid of all the soap completely. Be sure to be very thorough with this whole process, else there will be soap left on the mattress, and this will leave a white residue once it dries up.
  • Take another clean white cloth to press out any water that is left behind. You can take it a step further by using a blow dryer on a low heat setting on the spot to allow it to dry quicker.

Dry Cleaning the Futon Cover

Dry cleaning is a process that is something most of us cannot do ourselves. So, it is best to find a professional and reputable cleaner to have them dry clean your futon cover for you.

How to Care for Your Futon Cover

  • Keep the cover away from direct sunlight as that will fasten the process of fading the color of the fabric.
  • Keep turning your futon cover every month or so in order to avoid any excessive wear and tear on one spot.
  • Every six months, it would be wise to take your futon mattress along with the cover to air outside for a couple of hours.


Knowing how to clean a futon cover is essential not only to continue making it look attractive but also to make it last longer. Only spot clean as and when you see stains on the cover so that you don’t need to wash it often. Too frequent washing also damages the cover over time.

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