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How To 'un-jam' A Futon Cover
A characteristic of futon
furniture that makes futons a practical
interior decorating item is that the covers can
be replaced or, depending on the style and
fabric, can be washed.
Designed to withstand the
vigor of machine washing, futon covers are
available in an assortment of prints, solid
colors and sizes. It is easy to clean machine
washable futon covers. If there is an
accidental spill on the furniture, washable
futon covers do not require professional
cleaning like regular upholstery.
Usually, a futon cover that
is machine washable has two large zippers. The
full cover looks like a large sheet made of
denim or some other material, and has a seam in
the middle. To install it, spread out the
cover, align the mattress against the seam, and
the fold the cover over so that the entire
futon mattress is covered. There are two
zippers, one on each corner. Zip up the cover
and that is all there is to placing a cover on
a futon mattress. To remove the cover for
cleaning, simply unzip it and pull it off the
It is no secret that zippers
will jam occasionally, and this may also happen
with futon covers, especially after a few
rounds of washing. Trying to get the zipper to
work can be frustrating.
It might be tempting, but do
not try to force the jammed zipper because
tugging it too hard could inadvertently break
the zipper tab off or destroy the teeth. After
the teeth have been coated, try zipping and
unzipping the unit a few times. This will
usually make the zipper work more smoothly. If
a candle is not available, a bar of hand soap
works, although not quite as well.
If the problem is not
'stickiness' because of age, dirt or other
factors, a string or piece of material from the
futon cover might be caught in the zipper unit.
Carefully remove the caught material or string
that is jamming the zipper. The inner fabric is
typically what gets caught, so a pair of
tweezers might come in handy in order to grasp
the material or thread.
Gently pull the inner
lining, thread or other material that is caught
in the unit away from the zipper. Light tugging
is okay, as long as the zipper tab is not
yanked. Forcing the zipper tab up or down will
make the problem worse. Depending on how
embedded the futon cloth or thread is in the
zipper unit, teeth might get separated when the
fabric is removed. Gently push the zipper teeth
back into place and the zipper should work.
Check the length of the zipper and push the
lining away from the zipper to prevent future
snags. Re-zip and the problem should be
The zippers that are sewn
into machine washable futon covers are quite
sturdy, even on the cheap futon covers.
Nevertheless, having a couple of extra sets can
come in handy if the zipper breaks.