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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.
  • 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.]
  • Traditional Japanese Futon?

    Before you purchase any futon, please take the time to investigate a little more. Our Japanese futon are made in Kochi, Japan in a factory owned and operated by a true futon master, Master Ikeuchi. He has been making futon for over 50 years. Of course he doesn't make every futon, these days, but his son and son-in-law (who he personally trained for decades) do. And if you understand Japanese craftsmanship, then you know that nothing goes out the door that Master Ikeuchi wouldn't be proud to put his name on—his reputation is everything to him! Even in Japan, there are plenty of machine-made, mass-produced cheaper futon available. Just because it says, "Made in Japan" is no guarantee of quality. However, when we say "Traditional Japanese Futon," we mean exactly that. Over 50 years of experience goes into every shikibuton & kakebuton we sell on
  • Futon Set (Shikibuton-Kakebuton): Shawna F's Awesome Pics and Testimonial

    I really liked the options that J LIfe had to offer, but I was deterred by the terrible reviews I found online. That's when I found :) Although I already had a fabric style in mind, I found something that I liked instead on your website. My futon arrived in a very timely manner in excellent condition; I was thrilled as my purchase exceeded my expectations! Dean was very quick to return my call, and was extremely helpful and pleasant! I ordered a double futon set and am very happy with my purchase. :)
  • This Futon is the Best I Ever Used!

    This futon is the best I ever used ! The only problem I encountered is that the width of futon is a little shorter than expected (abour 10 cm). I should have paid more attention on the dimension of futon when I placed the order. But it is still a GREAT futon. Thank you very much.
  • Futon Testimonial: "Even Better than Expected!" Said Jared from Wisconsin

    Great quality, much better than what I had when I lived in Japan many years ago. Glad we found something authentic and not mass-produced. Your YouTube video is what sealed the choice. (Click the post headline to read more and view pictures.)
  • Authentic Japanese Futon Review with Pictures Sent from Our Happy Customer from New York

    The purchasing experience with is superb. Any questions or special requests are met with a prompt and thoughtful reply. Dean quickly gained my trust concerning futon so I was happy to expand my purchase to include zabuton and kushyon. The quality of the products are as promised, and I now am enjoying a slice of the look, feel and smell of traditional Japan. Thanks Dean, for sharing the joy of this exceptional craftsmanship with me!
  • Futon Bed Labor of Love

    Within every futon we sell . . . along with all the laboriously combed top-quality cotton, you also find it packed with the heart, soul, love and passion of a true Japanese craftsman and his family.
  • Futon Fan? Welcome to Our Blog

    Welcome to's first Futon Blog post.

    You know, we spend roughly half of our lives sleeping.  Most Westerners spend that time two feet off the floor in a bed with a mattress on a box spring. That being said, an ever increasing number of non-Japanese are discovering the advantages of sleeping a little closer to the earth on a futon.

    However, we have to draw a clear distinction between so-called "Western style" futons (manufactured for the Western market) and authentic Japanese made futon that you will find in Japan.

    Hi I'm Dean Fuller, the creator of and I've lived in Japan for over six years now.  Aside from the occasional night spent in a hotel somewhere, my wife Yumi and I have slept on an authentic Japanese style futon since the first night I moved to Japan.

    My First Authentic Futon Experience

    In September of 2007 I made my first visit to Japan.  At the time I was looking for an "authentic Japanese experience" so instead of staying in hotels I found a website that specialized in Ryokan (Japanese style hotels) and guest-houses (essentially what Westerners call "bed & breakfasts").

    At the time I wasn't really aware of what a fantastic decision I had made to do this (I basically had "stumbled" on the Ryokan site), but looking back in retrospect it is the perfect way to experience Japan.  This allowed me to meet and interact more directly with Japanese people and also to experience my first night's sleep on a true Japanese futon. (It was also at a Ryokan that I met my then future wife Yumi . . . but that is another story for another telling.)

    The Reluctant Futon Tourist

    To be honest, because I had owned a Western style futon before, though I was very open to experiencing something new, I was less than optimistic about sleeping on the floor on a futon in the Ryokan.  But I soon discovered that I had nothing to worry about as it quickly became clear that authentic Japanese futon had absolutely nothing in common with those lumpy, monstrosities called "futon" that sell in the West. The futon shops in my hometown of Sacramento, CA may have said they sold "futon" . . . but the word "futon" is where all similarities ended.

    I won't go into details here as I've created a whole series of videos you'll find on the home page, but my first month traveling through Japan staying in Ryokan began my love-affair with the Japanese  . . . and the  Japanese futon.

    Your Sleep Needs are Very Individual . . .

    Of course the type of bed you need to get your best night's sleep is a very individual thing, so I won't say futon are the best solution for everyone. However, I can honestly say that if you—and your back—prefer a firmer but very comfortable bed, then you will likely discover futon to be the perfect bed for you. (Yes! "firm" and "comfort" are not mutually exclusive.)

    Comfort Factors Aside . . .

    Comfort aside, futon are also fantastically convenient when used as daybeds and guest beds as well. They're easy to set out, clean and store away.

    And to top it all of, frankly, authentic, quality hand-made Japanese futons are just plain cool! They look fantastic—there is nothing like them in the West! (By the way, they're also so well made you'll likely be using yours for many years to come.)

    Check out our home page video buying guide

    Once again, welcome to, take your time to check out the videos in our buying guide and discover why our futons are nothing like what you'll see made in the Western market.

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