Caring for Beds & Mattresses - OKA Europe
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Caring for Beds & Mattresses


OKA furniture is craftsman made with great care and attention to produce distinctive pieces that will bring pleasure for years to come.

All OKA bed ranges are made from a combination of modern materials, with kiln dried solid hardwoods, and high quality fabrics. Each item of furniture is hand finished and uses traditional bed/mattress making techniques to ensure strength and longevity.

With careful use these finely made pieces will give many years of satisfaction.

Natural Fabrics

Our mattress and divan bases are covered with cotton ticking, which is a 100% natural fabric. Slubs and cotton seeds are a natural feature of the natural fabrics and will not affect the life of the fabric. On all fabrics, pilling can occasionally occur during use, this does not indicate premature wear or an inferior fabric and is normal.

Sunlight and heat

Furniture should never be placed too close to excessive heat, for example, standing it in front of a radiator. This heat could cause cracking in the finish or the wood itself, and could dry the timber out and cause excess movement. Close contact to heat can also degrade fabrics at a faster rate than is normal. A minimum of 30cm clearance from heat sources is advised.

Maintenance and Care Instructions

In order to prolong the life of your beds, OKA recommends the following maintenance and care:

  • On removing sheets etc. for laundering, it is advised to vacuum the mattress and base at the same time to remove grit that can cause abrasion and therefore premature wear. Professional cleaning is the best way to make a slightly soiled mattress look new again, but weekly vacuuming will make professional cleaning a less frequent event.

  • Never brush any fabric with a stiff fibre or metal brush, since they’re destructive to the fibres. Instead, use your vacuum attachments like the upholstery brush or the attachment for dusting draperies and furniture. The latter brush has longer bristles and is less abrasive to your upholstery fabric. It may be your best option if your fabric deserves a softer brushing.

  • Reverse the mattress each month after vacuuming. This ensures even wear across the surfaces of the mattress.

  • Protect fabrics from the sun. Fabrics should not be placed in direct sunlight because the ultraviolet light will cause the fibres to degenerate and colours to fade. Occasionally dyes can fade from impurities in the air as well, but protection from the sun is a good way to prevent premature loss of colour and fabric strength.

  • It is recommended that the mattress is not folded or rolled as this will damage the vital edge support and may buckle or twist the spring unit.

  • It is advisable not to use the edge of the mattress as a seat, as the localized pressure on the interior may eventually change it’s shape and comfort.

  • All mattresses will show evidence of body decompression after use, and this is a normal feature of all mattresses and not a fault.

  • Sprung mattresses will compress where springs mould to body shape and weight.

Cleaning Instructions

  • As a general rule, when a spill occurs, it is important to clean the fabric immediately. The longer a spot remains, the harder it is to remove. It may even become permanent.

  • Never apply cleaning solutions to visible areas of your upholstery fabric without first testing on areas that are not visible. It is important to pre-test for fabric compatibility.

  • Blot, don’t rub. If the spill is still fresh, use a clean, dry and very absorbent 100% cotton cloth. Should you have to use paper towels to blot out spills, be sure the paper towel (or cloth) is white, as colours in the towel may, when applied to a wet surface, fade onto the upholstery.

  • Colour from one fabric can rub off onto another fabric, even when dry -- a process known in the industry as crocking.

  • If blotting with a dry cloth doesn’t quite finish the job and the stain is still visible, professional cleaning is advised. If your furniture becomes stained or suffers other damage we recommend professional help is sought to restore it.

Following the guidelines above will ensure product performance is maintained. OKA is not to be held responsible for defects caused by the misuse of your product.