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Last Updated May 18, 2023
Trying to get urine out of bed may be an icky and repulsive job for many. You hastily strip your bedding off the mattress and throw them straight into the washer. But what about the mattress? Unlike your linens, mattresses are not just put into the washer. So, unless you know how to get pee out of a mattress effectively, stains and stench will remain.
So worry not; your mattress is not ruined forever. Just follow this step-by-step guide to learn the most effective method of eliminating pee from mattresses.
There's no denying the fact that every home has had an instance where urine has spilled on the family bed at least once. Spillage accidents can happen because of children, pets, elders, relatives, or by yourself.
We have outlined some quick fixes to get urine out without any potential harm to the mattress:
If, for some reason, you failed to clean the urine stain and odor by using the above method, follow these steps:
You'll notice the stains will have disappeared along with any lingering pungent odor. You can now use a room freshener or a diffuser to make your room smell fresh.
Pet urine has a pungent odor because they contain a mixture of different substances and tend to be more concentrated. So, if you keep the pet pee unattended, then the stench will stink up your entire room and make you feel suffocated. Moreover, when pet pee dries, the stain becomes deeply yellowed and too concentrated to remove.
So, don't get mad at your dog or cat; be patient and read on to know what you need to do to get rid of pet pee out of your mattress:
While cleaning pet urine, it's best to wear a mask and put on rubber gloves. As the pee is concentrated, it may make some people nauseous. Use gloves to prevent the urine from coming in contact with your skin.
1. The first step should be to strip the mattress of the bedding and wash them.
2. Now, when the urine spot is bare, sprinkle baking soda straight on the mattress and let the powder absorb all the liquid. You'll notice that the baking soda changes to a darker color as it keeps absorbing the urine. This is a good sign, and when this happens, just vacuum the old residue and apply a fresh layer.
3. Keep repeating the process until the powder has absorbed all the pee and a fresh coat doesn't darken in color anymore.
4. Now, make a mixture of 1 cup hydrogen peroxide, 2 teaspoons baking soda, and a few drops of liquid detergent. After that mix them well with cold water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the pee stain and let it stay for a while.
Hydrogen peroxide helps to break down the chemicals in the concentrated urine into simpler compounds - ones that are easy to clean.
Another alternative you can use in this step is use enzymatic cleaners instead of the hydrogen peroxide solution. Enzymatic cleaners are also great at breaking down complex stains and biological accidents into simple chemicals.
These cleaners are easily available in any departmental store or in online stores.
You can also sprinkle a drop of your favorite essential oil or diluted lemon water solution to make your room and mattress smell fresh.
5. When the mixture has dried and become flaky, you can now vacuum the entire mattress.
Special Note: The cleaning process mentioned here works equally effective to clean stubborn dry urine stains.
To get rid of the pee smell from your mattress, first sprinkle baking soda over your entire mattress and let it air dry for a day.
After that, vacuum clean the mattress. Do you notice any lingering smell? If so, then mix a few drops of essential oil with water in a spray bottle.
Oil and water do not mix, but water acts as an oil carrier. As a result, when you lightly spray the mattress with the mixture, you coat the mattress with a nice smell that makes the room smell better as well.
Or else, you can treat the mattress with an enzymatic cleaner instead of a DIY cleaner.
Enzyme cleaner can be considered the best at removing lingering odors as well as breaking down pungent-smelling liquids upon the first impact. So, they will be stronger and much more effective in getting rid of strong urine smell.
There are two ways to keep the mattress safe from any future accidents:
Use a good quality, waterproof mattress protector.
They are not expensive, and using them will keep your mattress safe from minor liquid spills, like when you are drinking coffee or water in bed.
So, naturally, it will prevent urine spillage from seeping into your mattress to create foul odors and bacterial growth.
When you have a kid or an elder at home, simply having mattress protectors won't work. A mattress protector will prevent the mattress from soaking the liquid when accidents happen. But the direct impact of the leakage will be on the topmost bedding like sheets.
So, change the bedding as soon as accidents leak on the bed and send them to laundry without any further delay.
This chemical is not toxic or hazardous if used from a distance. They are great antiseptics and prevent bacterial growth and mold from growing on a pee-stained mattress.
However, since you are using it on your mattress, you need to be careful of the concentration. Hydrogen peroxide is flammable, so be careful not to smoke or ignite anything when you are handling the chemical.
It also bleaches fabrics, so best to use it while treating white, non-foamy mattresses.
When you clean memory foam mattresses, carefully soak out all the liquid before you treat the mattresses with white vinegar. Moisture is the biggest enemy of memory foam mattresses. Moisture seeps deep inside and allows bacterial growth to fester, and if that happens, you have to replace the costly mattress.
Avoid going to the extreme end; just remember not to let any moisture seep into the mattress and whenever you have to apply a layer of liquid, do so gently.
You don't want to treat your mattress, the very one where you sleep, with strong and harsh chemicals. Even though they may be better at cleaning stains quickly, always treat your mattress with DIY solutions that you can prepare yourself or that are quite easy to source locally.
Accidents happen, but they don't have to ruin your bed for good. So, don't be stressed when bed-wetting happens. Just keep your calm and assess the situation at hand.
By now, you already know the situations you can face. Depending on whether the pee is old or new, you know which solutions will get the pee out. When you use the correct steps to the solutions, the stench and the urine stains will also disappear with the pee.
Mattress protectors are best when you need help protecting the mattress from urine and liquid spills. They are waterproof and never let liquid reach the mattress.
Mattress protectors are relatively inexpensive, and you can get one by spending 5 minutes online.
Generally, enzyme cleaners aren't toxic. They are made of enzymes - protein-based chemicals that help to clean stains much faster than DIY solutions.
However, we cannot give a clean bill to every enzymatic cleaner out there. So, it's best that you check the ingredients and make a thorough scan of their reviews online before you buy one.
The freshener may mask the smell temporarily, but the stench will resurface once the smell dissolves in the air.
The only way to get rid of the urine smell is to clean the mattress thoroughly.
The urine smell lingers and makes the entire mattress stench if not washed eventually. But a more serious health concern will arise if you do not clean urine off your mattress - it will become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria.
The main difference between cleaning human urine and pet urine are:
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Disclaimer: What is said in this article has been referenced from multiple sources and is intended only for educational and informational purposes. Please note that no content in this article is a substitute for professional advice from a qualified doctor or healthcare provider. Always consult an experienced doctor with any concerns you may have regarding a health condition or treatment, and never disregard any medical suggestions or delay in seeking treatment because of something you read here.