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Postby Moodrets » Sun 06.03.2007 3:42 pm

I bought one recently to put in my room, and lo and behold, it acquired a vast treasury of coffee, soda, and various food stains. I scrubbed it a bit when I found out, but the stains still seem to be there. Is the mat a goner, or is there someway I can still get the stains out (it is of the green-grass-like substance variety.)?
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RE: How would I go about removing various stains from a tata

Postby a_iwai » Mon 06.04.2007 3:56 am

Please refer this site.
http://www.tatami.ca/faqs.asp#3
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RE: How would I go about removing various stains from a tata

Postby two_heads_talking » Mon 06.04.2007 10:25 am

well, forgive my humor, but you can always flip it over. so that's at least one time it's not a goner. :D
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Postby AJBryant » Mon 06.04.2007 1:44 pm

well, forgive my humor, but you can always flip it over. so that's at least one time it's not a goner.


Most tatami today have only one finished surface -- the bottom is raw, so no flipping permitted. Sad.


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RE: How would I go about removing various stains from a tata

Postby two_heads_talking » Mon 06.04.2007 1:54 pm

what? no flipping the tatami? what a rip-off.. they used to be double sided..

man, even Japan has become westernized in that area.. doh!!
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RE: How would I go about removing various stains from a tata

Postby Mike Cash » Mon 06.04.2007 3:55 pm

Actually, the upper thin layer (forget what its called) can be changed, I think. I wonder if, in Phoenix, what the OP has is an actual honest-to-goodness tatami....or is it some American version of the tatami, similar to the American version of a futon?

Best way to get stains out of tatami is not to put them there in the first place.
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RE: How would I go about removing various stains from a tata

Postby AJBryant » Mon 06.04.2007 6:25 pm

Yeah... futon.

I remember visiting a friend on a trip home from Japan who was proud that he had a "futon" in the guest room for me. I didn't have the heart to tell him it wasn't a futon.


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Postby keatonatron » Mon 06.04.2007 7:13 pm

AJBryant wrote:
I remember visiting a friend on a trip home from Japan who was proud that he had a "futon" in the guest room for me.


It was actually a "foo-tahn", right?
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Postby a_iwai » Tue 06.05.2007 3:06 am

I had found a Japanese website which was written about Western style futon. I'm very surprised that Western style futon looks like sofa bed.

As Mike Cash-san was told, a top cover of tatami called "畳 (tatami-omote)" can be changed to a new. If it is difficult, it might be better to use a "茣蓙 (goza)" (a thin mat like tatami-omote) as a coat for tatami.
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RE: How would I go about removing various stains from a tata

Postby two_heads_talking » Tue 06.05.2007 11:18 am

the western futon just confuses me. it's like saying long grain rice and japanese rice are the same.. nope, not even close.. doh!!
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RE: How would I go about removing various stains from a tata

Postby Mike Cash » Tue 06.05.2007 3:50 pm

a_iwai wrote:
I had found a Japanese website which was written about Western style futon. I'm very surprised that Western style futon looks like sofa bed.

As Mike Cash-san was told, a top cover of tatami called "畳 (tatami-omote)" can be changed to a new. If it is difficult, it might be better to use a "茣蓙 (goza)" (a thin mat like tatami-omote) as a coat for tatami.


I strongly suspect that a goza is what the OP has anyway, not a real tatami.
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RE: How would I go about removing various stains from a tata

Postby two_heads_talking » Tue 06.05.2007 4:27 pm

That might be MIke, but there are companies that are actually producing and shipping to the US large quantities of tatami. the one website linked earlier is located in Canada and does imports to the US.

There is a trend in some "well to do" areas to have a Japanese room or Japanese area of homes with actual tatami and wood floors with shoji doors and all the "typical" fixings.. I just find it funny because they totally duplicate the main room including the butsudan and the shinto scrolls hanging on the walls and they never know what it is they stand for. :o
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RE: How would I go about removing various stains from a tata

Postby Infidel » Tue 06.05.2007 4:32 pm

But it's cool!
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RE: How would I go about removing various stains from a tata

Postby Mike Cash » Wed 06.06.2007 8:21 am

I would like to think that if someone had laid out the bucks for real tatami, they would have taken better care of it than the OP seems to have done. That's what led me to speculate it is probably a goza. Of course, there are lots of things I would like to think, and reality has a nasty habit of not accomodating me.
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Postby lalaith » Wed 06.06.2007 9:41 am

Infidel wrote:
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