With children and pets playing around in the house, accidents may happen, and at some point, you may need to learn how to clean pee out of a mattress. Specifically, if you have young children, you must have dealt with a fair share of bedwetting incidents for the better part of their growing stage.
Thankfully, we have discovered how to get pee stains out of a mattress without much sweat. Whether they’re flesh or several days or months old, check out these surefire ways to make your mattress look and smell all-natural again.
Let’s get started.
Essential Ingredients to Clean Pee out of a Mattress
Before you begin, here’s what you’ll need:
Pee Stains Removal Tips to Get You Started
There are several steps involved for those who want to know how to get pee smell out of mattress but for a start, let’s get familiar with the essentials one. They are:
Now, let’s explore each of them in detail.
1. Blot up (don’t scrub) the excess urine with a cloth
Use an old, dry cloth, towel, or paper towels to blot up as much of the excess liquid as possible. Don’t stop blotting until the mattress feels damp. Avoid rubbing the stained area, as this will only drive the liquid deeper into the mattress.
You can change the cloth or towel if it becomes too saturated.
2. Lightly spray the spot with vinegar (leave it for five to ten minutes)
Whether the accident happened a few minutes ago or they are old pee stains, vinegar is your best bet.
Spray the affected area with white vinegar. You can use a spray bottle so as not to over saturate the mattress since you want it to dry quickly.
Let the vinegar sit for about five to ten minutes. If you have a standalone fan or ceiling fan turn it on. Go ahead and open the windows to increase air flow to quicken the process.
Now, blot the solution with your towels or cloth until the mattress is dry. Some people recommend using diluting the vinegar, but that may not work to your advantage. The straight vinegar without dilution is the best way to tackle that nasty urine smell.
3. Continue to blot out the extra liquid
If the stain fails to lift, continue reapplying.
Don’t wipe or rub with the towels as it will distribute the stain. Dab the stain to suck as much of the solution as possible. Use light-colored towels so that you can see the stain being lifted. Ensure the mattress is as close to being dry as possible.
4. Get an Enzymatic Cleaner (optional)
You can use an enzymatic cleaner if you’re dealing with a cat or dog pee stains. It helps to neutralize the stubborn odors on the mattress.
Pets have a strong sense of smell, and it’s more likely they will keep peeing on the same spot especially when they sense a lingering odor. Although the simple DIY solutions work perfect, there may still be traces of a lingering odor on your bed. This is when you use the enzymatic cleaner to get rid of the uric acid crystals that originate from a human or pet urine.
5. Apply baking soda on the entire area
Baking soda is popular for its odor removal capabilities. It is adept in absorbing excess moisture and precisely neutralize any stubborn smell.
Sprinkle some baking soda on the surface of your mattress. Ensure it covers the stained area including the outside of the stain edges. Let the baking sit for some hours. The longer, the better.
After several hours, you should see the backing encrusting as it soaks up the vinegar. This helps to remove any remaining nasty odors from the mattress.
6. Leave it to dry for about 18 hours
Once you’re done applying the solution, allow the mattress to dry completely. Ensure you open the windows, and turn on a fan in the room to allow maximum evaporation and ventilation. After about 18 hours, check to see that the mattress is fully dry before vacuuming it.
The mattress may take either long or short to dry depending on room temperature and humidity.
7. Vacuum it up
After you have confirmed the mattress is completely dry, vacuum up the baking soda. Ensure you run the vacuum cleaner over the crevices several times to ensure all of the baking soda is fully removed.
Now, your urine accident should be long forgotten after following these steps.
If the stains still fail to come off, repeat the process until they disappear to your liking.
What are the bad ways to clean pee/urine on a mattress?
The only thing that might harm your mattress is using a harsh chemical since it will be hard to rinse it out completely. Similarly, you wouldn’t want to leave behind any residue that would be harmful to someone’s health.
It is also important to check the label of the product used to clean pet stains. Overall, hydrogen peroxide works best for blood or urine stains (human or pet) as it neutralizes and removes all the stubborn stains.
Can I use the same method to remove dog urine?
Yes. Simply, rub the area with some vinegar, blot it out, apply baking soda and leave it to dry completely. Finally, vacuum up the powder, and the dog urine will be gone.
A pee stain, though stressful to clean off doesn’t mean you have to get rid of the mattress. With simple tips and the right procedure, you can know how to clean urine from a mattress and bring back the beautiful look of your mattress while leaving it smelling fresh than before.
A surprising number of people have considered getting a waterproof mattress pad, and it doesn’t disappoint. Sealed protectors are available for mattresses, pillows, and duvets to protect your bedding from your child’s or pet’s pee accidents. They also protect you from bacteria, dust mites, and other allergens while ensuring your mattress servers you for a long time.
Now that the mattress is clean again go ahead and enjoy your night without worrying about urine stains.
If you are dealing with blood stains, have a look at our latest article on how to remove blood stains out of your mattress.