Accidents occur, but they do not have to destroy your mattress. It’s better to clean it up as soon as possible, whether it’s a leaking diaper spilling pee on your child’s mattress or pet urine ruining your bed.
Fortunately, you will only require a few standard cleaning items. We’ll go over how to get urine out of a mattress, how to avoid stains, and how to get rid of the pee smell.
How to Clean Urine from a Mattress
This part is for you if you notice the accident quickly. Skip to the following section if the pee has already dried and left stains.
- As quickly as possible, strip the bed and throw all of your linen in the washing machine.
- Gather your materials. White vinegar, baking soda, water, a spray bottle, a vacuum, and a couple cleaning rags are all you’ll need.
- Gently dab the wet areas with a cleaning towel or paper towels to absorb as much liquid as possible. Rubbing or scrubbing the mattress will only drive the pee further into the bed.
- Fill a spray bottle halfway with water and the other half with distilled vinegar.
- Apply the vinegar solution to the affected region.
- Using towels, blot any remaining moisture.
- Apply a thick layer of baking soda to the affected region.
- Allow as much time as possible for the baking soda to settle on the mattress. We recommend that you should let it sit for at least 8 hours.
- Remove the baking soda with a vacuum and inspect the mattress for stains and urine odors.
- Repeat steps 5 through 9 as needed until the odor and stains are totally gone.
This method will often eliminate the odor of urine from a mattress while also preventing lasting stains. Use plenty of baking soda and allow plenty of time for it to absorb all of the excess moisture.
How to Remove Urine Stains from a Mattress
If the stains have set in before you start cleaning, you may need to use a stronger cleaning solution. You’ll need baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap for this.
- Combine 8 ounces hydrogen peroxide, 3 teaspoons baking soda, and 2 to 4 drops dish soap or liquid laundry detergent to make a solution.
- Apply the solution liberally to any soiled surfaces with a spray bottle, allowing the liquid to soak in.
- Allow the mixture to dry before proceeding. After a few hours, a firm layer of baking soda residue will appear.
- Check to see if the stain is still there after vacuuming off the baking soda.
- As needed, repeat the process.
This method employs a more abrasive cleaning solution that must be allowed to thoroughly absorb into the soiled region. The urine is dragged upwards with the baking soda as the solution dries and the peroxide evaporates. This aids in the removal of both stains and odors.
Because peroxide can bleach some materials, test it first on a tiny, inconspicuous area before applying it to bigger stains. Memory foam, for example, may be somewhat damaged or discolored by peroxide. To avoid bleaching, use it sparingly and remove any colorful bedding from the area.
How to Get the Pee Smell Out of a Mattress
There are a few things you can do if your mattress still smells like urine after you’ve cleaned it up.
Simply putting baking soda over the mattress, as described in our mattress cleaning guide, is surprisingly effective. Baking soda is special in that it absorbs scents instead of simply covering them. Baking soda’s basic pH helps to neutralize urine’s normally acidic smells, while its ability to absorb liquid aids in drawing out any remaining moisture.
Spread a thin layer of baking soda across the entire mattress surface for optimum effects in neutralizing urine scents. If a particular location has a very strong odor, apply a slightly heavier layer of baking soda. Allow the baking soda to soak for 5 to 10 hours, uncovered, before vacuuming it. As needed, repeat the process.
Another method, as previously mentioned, is to use a vinegar solution. Combine cold water and distilled white vinegar in a 50/50 solution. You could also try adding a few drops of an essential oil like lavender or eucalyptus to help mask any unpleasant odors. Using a spray bottle, apply it to the surface of your mattress and let it air dry completely. Then, to remove any remaining moisture and neutralize the cleaning solution’s strong vinegar smell, apply baking soda.
Keep in mind that pet stains may necessitate a more powerful cleaning solution including enzymes that eliminate odors. This will make it more difficult for pets to define their area again. Enzyme cleansers are widely available in pet stores.
How to Prevent Future Stains & Odors
The easiest approach to keep stains and odors from developing on your mattress is to keep it well-protected. We recommend investing in a good mattress protector, preferably one that is completely waterproof.
Washing your sheets and other bedding on a regular basis can also help prevent odors from developing on your mattress. Sheets and pillows should be washed roughly once a week.