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  • Help! My Cat, Dog, Pet Rhino or Baby Peed On My Futon! (Remove Urine Smell)

    Getting Pee Out of Your Futon to Remove Urine Smell

    First off, you're not the first this has happened to, and definitely won't be the last. Please don't panic as it should be okay if you follow the below steps carefully to get cat, dog, animal, or baby urine out of your futon. (remove urine smell)

    Pet Urine

    Of course as the say saying goes, "An Ounce of Prevention is better than a Pound of Cure", so the best solution of all is to pay attention to your pets and keep them away from your futon until it has been around your place long enough to have your personal scent. Perhaps also let your pet on it while you're there watching so they can get used to it. As pet accidents typically occur within the first few days, we believe this happens because your pet is experiencing something new in your place and is "marking" it to assert their territory or ownership of it.

    Baby Urine

    Babies, of course are a separate issue altogether, and if you wish to have your baby or toddler sleeping on your futon, it is recommended to find a plastic/vinyl sheet designed to prevent urine getting to the mattress. These are common and available online or in department stores. They may fit a little loose, but better than nothing.

    Cotton Covers

    The cotton covers can be tossed in the automatic washer/dryer, no problem. However, there are many enzymatic pet urine stain/oder removers on the market (such as Oder X-It) that you can get (you'll need this for the futon), that you can soak the cover in first before washing. A baking soda/hydrogen peroxide mix solution can work too. There are also some other recipes for natural solutions online to remove urine smell as well.

    3 Key Points

    There are 3 key points for protecting your futon in the cleaning process.

    • 1) The sooner you get the urine out, the better. (Hopefully this just happened and you're ready to take fast action.)

    • 2) IMPORTANT: Do not, wring, twist or use strong agitation. This can tear the inner cotton and pull it from the quilting stitches anchors that hold it in place which will make it lumpy.

    • 3) IMPORTANT: The futon needs to be absolutely dry through-and-through before using it again or storing it. Unfortunately this could take several weeks of hanging. So the least amount of water used while cleaning it the better.


    Spot Washing your Futon with Wet Towel

    This is by far the most preferred way to clean your futon and remove urine smell. Here you would be using a wet cloth to wet the futon in just the location affected. (This is how we would do it in Japan at home, however we do have specific futon cleaning services here.) Of course the issue at this point is making sure you neutralize all the urine enzymes in the futon to remove urine smell and then rinsing out any cleaning solutions used. Obviously this depends upon how big the pet is and how much of the futon was affected. Not always easy to know.

    Washing the futon by complete Immersion

    We almost hesitate to recommend this as this is very extreme. It really should only be used if you feel that it is the only alternative to throwing your futon away.

    Fill a tub with water (follow instructions on pet urine remover for temperature, though we've heard hot water can set the stain/oder), add the oder remover and then simply soak the area of the futon that is affected, for as long as the instructions say.

    Note: At this point the futon may feel lumpy. Please don't panic. Once it is thoroughly dry it should be okay.

    Very carefully, gently press as much water as you can out and let your futon hang to dry. As I said before, this will likely take weeks.

    Note: You can try using one of those large commercial dryers to remove some of the water, but make sure it isn't too hot. The danger here, once again, is tearing the cotton from it's anchors which will cause it to be lumpy, however this will speed up the drying time once you hang it.

    Dry Cleaning

    Another alternative is to speak with your local dry cleaner and see if the have a process to clean it without immersing it in water.

    Finally, please take steps to prevent your pet from repeating the offense. :)
    We hope this is helpful. (For more on futon care please watch our Futon Care video)

    Ganbatte Kudasai!

  • Tatami Beds. An Interesting Option to Consider for Your Futon is a Tatami Bed

    The Tatami Bed. Tatami beds are platform bed-frames that are designed to have a tatami mat inserted on the top. The advantage, of course, is that they’re higher up and easier to get in and out of, and also, there is an aesthetic aspect to having a bed-frame that some prefer.
  • Back Pain Relieved by Futon?

    "The best night's sleep I've had in 20 years!"

    That may sound like sales "hype" to you—it would to me too, except that is the type of comments I've received from customers who had been plagued with back pain for years. Is a futon possibly the perfect solution for your back pain? As everyone's situation and condition is different, I can't say for sure (and I'm not a medical professional in any way), but I thought I'd share a few comments I've gotten back on my Customer Satisfaction Survey and let you decide it this may be a viable option for you [Click the above post title to read more]
  • Do I need Tatami Mats? What Should Go Under My Futon?

    People often ask what should go under their futon and if they need tatami mats? Definitely not. Although tatami mats certainly look great and have additional benefits, they're not needed for you to enjoy your futon. [Click the futon image to the left or the red header above to find out more.]
  • Finding Traditional Japanese Futon: You Have Exactly What I was Searching for!

    Trouble Finding Traditional Japanese Futon?

    Finding Traditional Japanese Futon in Your Home Country.
    Having trouble finding traditional Japanese futon? One common theme I hear from my customers is that they had lived in or visited Japan and they've found it impossible finding traditional Japanese futon in their home country like the one they had slept on in Japan. That is . . . until they finally found As we're fast approaching our first year in business (the website was actually finished (mostly!) last February (2015), but it takes some time for Google to do it's magical ranking process so that people can actually find our website—Something we're still working feverishly on!), so I'm calling our first order as (roughly) the first day in business (June, 2015), we've now created the place to go to get the REAL thing: Authentic, hand-made Japanese futon made in and shipped from Japan.

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  • Shikibuton Surprise for Ashley on Christmas Morning

    [Fun Video!] An Authentic Hand-Crafted Shikibuton: A Little Comfy Piece of Japan (A Video of Ashley's Christmas Morning Surprise) While studying abroad in Japan, Ashley had slept on a futon. Once she returned to the US, she discovered that she was having a hard time getting a good night's rest sleeping on a Western style bed. (This is a familiar story to us here at!) Because of this, her mother decided to bring a very comfortable piece of Japan back to Ashley. (A lot less expensive than returning Ashley to Japan!) Judging just by Ashley's reaction in the video (once she realized what was happening ... something that unfolds hilariously in the video), you know this was a wise move on Mom's part. (Follow up emails confirmed this.) [Click the Post Title to Watch the Video and Read the Entire Post]
  • Testimonials: Happy Customers Share Their Experiences

    I was also astounded by the short amount of time it took from ordering my futon to receiving it at my door! Once I opened up my futon I was immediately delighted. [CLICK THE POST TITLE TO SEE THE WHOLE REVIEW!]
  • Finding Futon Fabrics for

    "While buying something online sight unseen can be daunting, the customer service was top notch with prompt, professional emails. I inquired about a certain pattern I had in mind, and they were able to find a close alternative. The futon itself is high quality, and the pattern looks great!" [CLICK THE POST TITLE TO SEE THE WHOLE REVIEW!]
  • The fabric was beautiful, very soft and very comfortable. The craftsmanship was perfect.

    The craftsmanship was perfect. I was so surprised to see them on my doorstep within days of ordering them. I ordered my first one a few of months ago.. then later a second one.. I couldn't help myself and decided to dress the two other beds this past week. LOVE them! [CLICK THE POST TITLE TO SEE THE WHOLE REVIEW!]
  • Futon Shopping Experience: Outstanding! Anne D., Temicula, CA Testimonial

    "My shopping experience with Futon Beds From Japan was outstanding. The webiste [sic] had so much information, I could order with confidence. Dean communicated with me along the process from ordering to delivery and post delivery follow-up. I received my futon in under a week - it is beautiful and so well made. Thanks! Anne D., Temecula, CA" [CLICK THE POST TITLE TO SEE THE WHOLE REVIEW!]

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