We’ve all experienced that sickening feeling when we realize someone else has used our mattress for less-than-ideal purposes. Whether it was an unpleasant discovery in the middle of the night from your dog or an accident involving your child, the thought of fumes, hours of cleanup, and weeks of asking others, “do you detect that?” as you battle the persisting scent of that pesky pee stain is enough to make anyone want to throw in the towel.
How does one go about bleaching a mattress and sheets to eliminate urine stains? We hope to dispel any myths you might have about how complicated or expensive it is to get rid of urine stains from mattresses.
The mattress is not necessarily doomed if an accident occurs. It’s important to quickly remove any urine stains from your mattress, whether from a child’s leaking diaper or your pet.
Luckily, you only need a few basic cleaning items around the house. How to eliminate urine odors, prevent urine stains, and clean a mattress are all topics we’ll discuss.
If the Mishap is Discovered Immediately
The bed should be stripped, and the sheets and comforter need to be washed as quickly as possible.
- Put together a supply.
- Cleaning supplies include water, a spray bottle, a vacuum cleaner, white vinegar, baking soda, and some paper towels.
- Softly blot the damp areas with a cleaning towel or paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible. Never scrub or scrape the mattress, as this could spread the urine even more.
- Make a spray bottle full of a mixture of water and distilled vinegar.
- You can use a vinegar solution to spray the affected area.
- Repeat using towels to absorb any remaining moisture.
- Spread a lot of baking soda over the area.
- The longer you let the bicarbonate powder sit on the mattress, the better. It’s suggested that you give yourself at least six to eight.
- Remove the baking soda with a cleaner and examine the bed for urine stains and bad smells.
- It may be necessary to repeat steps 5 through 9 multiple times to ensure that the stench and discoloration are completely gone.
- In most cases, this method can eliminate urine scents and help stop permanent discoloration on a mattress. Bicarbonate soda should be used liberally, and enough time must be allowed to absorb all the excess liquid.
If the Stain Has Already Dried
You may need to start with a more robust cleaning solution before moving on to the actual cleanup process. Sodium bicarbonate, hydrogen peroxide, and dishwashing liquid are the ingredients you will need for this.
- Make a solution by combining 3 tablespoons of sodium bicarbonate, 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, and two to four drops of liquid dish soap or laundry detergent in a container.
- Apply the solution liberally to any stained areas using a spray bottle, and then wait for the mixture to absorb fully before attempting to clean the area again.
- Watch how quickly the mixture dries out. After some time has passed, a layer of strong bicarbonate of soda residue will develop.
- Remove the baking soda with a cleaner and examine the smeared area to see if it has been removed.
- It is necessary to repeat.
During this step, a cleaning solution is applied to the stained area, allowing it to thoroughly soak in. Urine is drawn upwards along with the sodium bicarbonate as the solution dries out and the peroxide vaporizes. This helps to get rid of any streaks as well as any bad smells.
Remember that peroxide can bleach some substances, so before using it on larger stains, you may want to test it on a small area first. For example, memory foam might suffer from minor discoloration or harm if peroxide is used. It should only be used in small amounts, and you should remove any colored bedsheets from the area before applying it.
Cleaning a Mattress from Urine Stains
Several options exist for eliminating the urine odor from a mattress after a thorough cleaning has been performed.
Our professional cleaning guide suggests using sodium bicarbonate as a surface cleaner. Baking soda is unlike other deodorizers in neutralizing scents rather than just covering them up. Urine has an acidic pH, but baking soda’s basic pH helps balance that, and its absorbing properties attract any amount of moisture.
Apply a thin coating of sodium bicarbonate over the whole mattress to eliminate urine smells. To mask a particularly pungent odor, apply a thicker layer of baking soda to that area. Let the baking soda sit out for at least 5 to 10 hours before you attempt to vacuum it up. When necessary, repeat.
Remember that a more powerful cleaning remedy with enzymes that eliminate persisting odors may be necessary for pet stains. As a result, your pet will be less likely to spray again. Enzyme cleaners are widely available at most pet supply stores.
Future Odor and Stain Preventative Measures
Protecting your mattress from spills and bad smells is the best way to keep it looking and smelling like new for longer. A good, waterproof mattress protector is a must, and we strongly advise their use.
You can prevent your mattress from absorbing smells by cleaning your bedding and other bedsheets frequently. Sheets and pillowcases should be washed at least once a week at a minimum.