A futon mattress is filled with 100% cotton fibres (unless a layer of our other fillings has been added), stitched into a cotton cover.
These natural materials ensure that the futon is warm in winter and cool in summer. Although traditionally a futon is used directly on the floor, western sleeping habits brought about the use of the wooden slatted base. The slats allow air to circulate beneath the futon thus making the futon easier to care for.
Because a futon is made of cotton, it absorbs body moisture, so it needs to be aired to allow the cotton to dry. We recommend that you flip and rotate once a week and leave the bedclothes off the futon twice a week to ensure adequate airing. If you have your futon on the floor it needs to be rolled everyday to allow your futon and the floor to air. For a
futon kept on a slatted base we recommend that you:
If the futon ever gets wet, sponge the cotton cover with a damp cloth and put the futon in the sun as soon as possible. So far as cleaning is concerned, a futon is a mattress, therefore cannot be washed or dry cleaned. We recommend using a cover or a sheet. NEVER remove the filling from the outer casing (shell).
Compression - When the futon is first purchased it will appear fat and fluffy. Once the futon has been slept on for a short time it will develop what we call body trenches which is
normal as the cotton compresses. These trenches will become less prominent as the cotton continues to compress all over to a level plane.
The thickness of a futon - The way we describe the thickness of a futon is based on the individual layers it contains. One layer of cotton laid out on the floor is around 2 inches thick. So if you have 4 layers on top of each other it will appear to be around 8inches in thickness. However if you push it with your hand it will compact to about half its thickness. Also, once these layers are packed into their covering (we call this the shell) the thickness will be slightly compacted. If you want to measure the thickness you should go to an outside edge and push it in to measure the true depth and density.
All fillings inside a futon are in layers and are the same size as the futon itself.Uneven dips and ditches - As above, the futon takes some time to find its true thickness. Once it is slept on it will be compacted in the places where you lay. If you notice that at first your futon has sunken in some areas and not others, you will be right. However this is not a fault. The reason your futon may look uneven is because the higher areas haven’t had the same amount of compaction pressure (sleeping on). For example, if one person sleeps on the futon it will take longer to find its true thickness wheras if two sleep on it, the compression rate will be quicker and a lot more even.
Slat stripes – This can occur from not airing the futon properly as described above and the futon develops mould. A futon absorbs moisture so if the futon is not aired enough, the moisture will be trapped where it sits on the slats and will develop mould stripes. The above airing instructions are only a guide line so if you know you have a damp room/house or an ensuite, the futon will be more prone to moisture. If this is the case, air more regularly.
A new futon will smell of raw, natural cotton. This normal smell does goes away.
NONE OF THE ABOVE ARE COVERED BY WARRANTY. Talk to your retail store for warranty details.