Utilization tips for your futon
Your new FUTON is a top-quality product of exquisite, natural raw materials and carefully manufactured by hand. Here are our tips on how to maintain the nice quality as long as possible:
Your futon has a high proportion of fine natural fibers, which are fragile and deformable. If a fold/bulge occurs during transport, you can best flatten them by evenly smoothing them with a flat hand.
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It could also be that your futon does not yet have the nominal dimensions, but is 1-2cm shorter / narrower and therefore thicker. This is due to the inflated fibers and regulates itself after a few days (depending on the type). Our futons are generally very stable. With the end of the phase these will vanish; up to this point they will not bother you physically because these deformations are more a visual impact. Pits occuring during the laying-in phase are normal and vary in intensity, depending on the type of futon, body weight and base.
Once the laying-in phase is over and the futon has reached its final form, these deformations, which are primarily of visual nature only and therefore don't affect your sleep, disappear. The length of the laying-in phase depends on the ratio of the futon size and your body weight; a small futon with a tall / heavy sleeper is laid-in after a few weeks, a big futon with a light person can take up to two years to be laid-in. After this phase, the futon won't change anymore aside of becoming slightly flatter over the years.
The more you turn and rotate your futon during the laying-in phase, the better and the more even it will be; every 14 days / with every change of bedding would be a good choice. Once the pits/deformations on the surface have been "laid out", meaning the final form has been reached, turning/rotating the futon every quarter of the year is sufficient.
Which cover should I use?
The washable slipcover (bio Deluxe) is a little abundantly applied because the fabric - especially for large dimensions – will shrink during washing. The satin fabric is elastic and dimensionally stable and always finds its perfect fit.
You can wash the washable slipcover at 60°C (if possible without or only shortly using a dryer - 3 minutes) and dry on a clothes line. Afterwards put it on while it's slightly moist and keep it uncovered to dry fully.
Washing at 30-40°C for delicate material is gentle on the fabric and makes it remain supple for longer.
Of course, our regular slipcovers can be washed as well, but only cold, up to 30°C. You can also re-order protective covers from us at anytime, with the perfect fit for your futon. If your futon cover has stains, simply wipe them out with a damp cloth and soap and blow dry the wet spot. Please do not remove the original with buttons linked cover. Removing it is not intended and, in addition to the insane work it takes, there is no guarantee that the futon will return to its original look afterwards.
Buttons on the futon
If by heavy wear / frequent transporting a button tears, i.e. disappears in the cover, this does not affect the function of your futon. The buttons and splint tapes essentially have a temporary function which becomes irrelevant for the most part after the laying-in phase is over.
Some users of futons with slipcover (for example Deluxe) cut off the buttons / splint tapes.
Individual buttons / splint tapes can obtained through us for free at any time. We also lend the tool needed to put on buttons / split tapes, although that's rare.
Handles on your futon
If you have a futon with turning handles, please consider the ratio of the fine cloth of which the handles are made, to the high total weight of the futon - especially for sizes of 160/200 and bigger. Although the handles are sewn in carefully and secured, they are made for the sole purpose of lifting and turning the futon. Violent tearing or wearing should be avoided to prevent damage to your futon.
Turning / Venting - Care instructions
Note: Each mattress wants to be turned on a regular basis and rewards that by extending the span of its useful life. The rumor that futons allegedly require a special amount of care strives from the fact that manufacturers of conventional mattresses don't speak of care. In general, the following is true: Good and well cared for mattresses last longer than cheap and uncared for mattresses. Who would have thought?
Regular turning relieves the material and leads to a slower and more even wear; it would be great with each change of linen, but quarterly is sufficient for a long life. Turn the futon both the longitudinal and transverse axis to obtain a uniform result. The rolling or shaking usually done in very thin, simply cotton futons in order for them to last a few years are neither possible nor necessary with most of our futons.
A summer sun bath also increases the life of your futon; the higher the cotton content, the more significant - so if you get the chance, you should take it. You will be surprised how the sun straightens the fibers again, especially the cotton. The reason for that is simply the effect of the UV radiation on bacteria which grow in the moisty and warm enviroment of mattresses.
Fresh air in the form of good ventilation is a daily requirement and usually regulates the regeneration and refreshing of a mattress. Since your futon absorbs a lot of moisture for the benefit of your sleep climate, it requires the opportunity during the day to emit this again. Furthermore the hygiene effect of wool regenerates using oxygen.
The ideal base
Your futon is best rested on an as uniform area as possible, so on the floor. If that's not to your liking, put Tatami underneath the futon; while it doesn't contribute to the ventilation, it offers a pretty sleeping place. For most people who are used to sleeping in beds we recommend the use of a roll-up frame / frame of solid wood (space between bars < 4cm), which is simple and fair priced while being effective.
Those who want or need to increase the comfort of their futon noticably should put their futon on an elastic base ergoVlex frame, which adjusts to the form of your body in side position and decreases pressure considerably. You can put each of our futons on each of those bases.
Durability of the futons
The lifespan of a product can hardly be named accurately - especially not in regards to a mattress due to the fact that factors such as the amount of use and the climate it is used in vary too much. Once you have found the right futon for yourself, it will offer you good comfort for 12-15 years due to its high material and manufacturing quality, assuming it is well taken care of and ventilated.
We promise you that.