Accidents occur with pets and kids, and a few points, you might need to clean mattress urine. Though it can look like a difficult job, do not worry!
All urine (pet or kids) is made up of uric acid crystals. To efficiently clean the acid, smell, and bacteria perfectly remove mattress urine, it is excellent to utilize an enzyme-based cleaning mixture. There’s also a big selection of items specially made to treat urine stains and smells caused by pets that are often rightly suitable for utilization in kids’ accidents.
Ensure you check the label on your selected item and follow the guidelines to make sure you utilize it efficiently and safely. Forever test any cleaning item in a small space first before the start cleaning process start.
Is urine hard to remove from a mattress?
Yes, removing urine from the mattress is both hard and tricky. It is tricky in the sense that if you are not careful enough or you don’t know how to go about the cleaning process, you will end up rubbing the stain deeper into your mattress; consequently, making cleaning more difficult.
By being hard, I mean it only takes a few minutes before urine stains set in, and when this happens, not only will you need to carefully select the appropriate cleaner, you must also be willing to dedicate your time because it wouldn’t budge easily. Even if the stain is finally gone, sometimes, you might still have to deal with the offensive smell of urine.
Does urine ruin a mattress?
Yes, urine can ruin your mattress. Although that is not always the case because if urine stain is attended to as soon as it occurs, such a situation can be avoided. Even if you leave the stain on your mattress for a long time and it ended upsetting, it can still be remedied unless you don’t have the time or you don’t know how to remove the stain.
Is urine stain on mattress permanent?
No, urine stain is not permanent. All you need is a little bit of patience, the right technique, and the utilization of the appropriate cleaner. If you have those at your disposal, trust me, removing urine stains will be as easy as laying on a mattress.
How long does urine smell last on a mattress?
It is one thing to know how to remove urine stains from a mattress, it is another thing entirely to know how to get rid of the offensive odor that the stain gives out. The odor of urine can remain after you have gotten rid of the stain and it could take months for the smell to be completely gone unless you use the right cleaner and follow the right procedure.
What can remove urine stains from a mattress?
Urine stains may be hard to remove, but the good news is, you have plenty of cleaner options you can choose from. These cleaners range from abrasive to non-abrasive, home-based, and over-the-counter cleaners. Some of these cleaners include baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, distilled white vinegar, liquid dishwashing soap, e.t.c.
The remaining sections of this article are dedicated to explaining in detail the various techniques as well as how you can effectively apply these cleaners to achieve the desired result.
How to clean air mattress urine
Air mattresses offer nothing but convenience as they are mobile and can be easily wiped clean because their surface is light and smooth. However, when it comes to urine stains, it is a different ball game entirely. Urine stain is liquid and can only be removed by blotting or sucking it up with either a vacuum or a damp towel. Getting rid of urine stains from an air mattress can be a bit challenging, but I have simplified the whole process below.
- Disconnect your air mattress from its power source. Note that this is strictly for homeowners whose air mattresses make use of electric pumps to inflate and deflate. This is important to prevent power incidence.
- Remove all beddings from your air mattress.
- Suck up as many urine stains as you can with a vacuum cleaner.
- Pour undiluted rubbing alcohol on the stained surface until it becomes soggy with the solution.
- Start scrubbing the soggy area with a clean dry cloth to lift any discoloration caused by the urine.
- Soak another clean cloth or towel in a bowl of water, squeeze to get rid of excess water, and use it to suck up as much rubbing alcohol as possible. Or you can suck up the alcohol and stain remnant with the vacuum cleaner.
- After sucking up the stain remnants, take your mattress outside to dry under the sun for about 3 to 5 hours. Or better still, you can leave it under the sun until it is completely dry.
How to clean foam mattress urine
One interesting fact about urine stain is that the fresher the stain, the easier it can be removed, and that is why urine stains on foam mattresses must be attended to as quickly as possible because they tend to absorb liquid quicker than most other types. Also, you might have to repeat the cleaning process for effective results.
There are 3 different approaches to removing urine stains from foam mattresses, check below for detailed information on how to go about the 3 approaches.
Removing the stain with hydrogen peroxide, dishwashing soap, and baking soda
- Make a solution from the mixtures of 8 ounces of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and liquid dishwashing detergent in a bowl and pour in a spray bottle. Make sure you don’t shake the solution, but you can swirl so that they can mix well.
- Spray generously on the stained spot, making sure it is soaked: then leave to sit on the stain for about 1 hour.
- Rinse off the solution using a damp cloth.
- Dry the spot by sucking up the stain remnant and solution with a clean dry cloth or towel.
Removing the stains with baking soda and vinegar
- Pour undiluted vinegar into a spray bottle and spray generously on a stained spot to get it soaked.
- Leave the vinegar to sit for about 10 minutes.
- Suck up excess vinegar from the treated spot by pressing a rag or paper towel on the surface.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the treated spot, making sure it is evenly spread.
- Leave it to sit on the stain for some hours or 24 hours if you have an alternative place to sleep.
- Vacuum dried baking soda after treatment.
Removing the stains with an enzyme cleaner and baking soda
- Apply the cleaner generously on the stained spot to get it saturated. If you are working with a dry powder cleaner, add water to make a paste.
- Leave to sit on the spot for about 5 minutes.
- Suck up lifted stains with a dry clean towel or rag.
- Sprinkle baking soda generously on the treated spot.
- Leave to sit for some hour, or you can extend it to a day.
- Vacuum off all baking soda remnants.
How to clean Futon mattress urine
Futon mattress is originally from Japan, but over the years it has won the hearts of many western homeowners because of its multipurposeness. Futon mattress when flattened can be used as a bed: but when folded, it can be converted to form a couch. Unfortunately, this quality does not make a futon mattress stain resistant as it can be easily stained.
Although they can be easily cleaned, however, when it comes to urine stains, they are no different from other types. There are different techniques you can utilize that can help you get rid of urine stains from Futon mattresses for good: check details about the various techniques below.
Removing wet urine stains from a Futon mattress with baking soda and vinegar
- Suck up excess urine from the stained area using a paper towel.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the affected spot.
- Pour undiluted vinegar into a spray bottle and spray generously on the affected area.
- Leave the solution to sit on the stain for about 5 minutes. (You can also use an enzyme cleaner instead of vinegar but you must leave it on the stain for about 10 minutes.
- Suck up lifted urine stains from the treated spot with a paper towel.
- Sprinkle baking soda generously on the treated spot to get rid of any offensive odor.
- You can either air dry the mattress by opening the window, you can place a fan close to the mattress to make it dry faster: or you can take the mattress outside to sun dry.
- Once the mattresses are completely dry, vacuum off all baking soda left on the treated spot.
Note: You must allow your Futon mattress to completely dry before vacuuming the baking soda.
Removing dry urine stains from Futon mattress
- Make a solution from the mixtures of 2 drops of liquid dishwashing detergent, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and 3% hydrogen peroxide in a bowl.
- Soak a washcloth or towel in the solution and saturate the stained spot with it. Make sure it is not overly saturated so that the mattress can dry faster.
- Make a paste from the mixtures of 3 tablespoons of laundry powder and a tablespoon of water.
- Make sure the paste is evenly spread on the stain and leave it to sit for about 30 minutes.
- Use a brush to scrape off the paste.
- Vacuum treated spot to get rid of paste or powder remnants.
How to clean Tempur pedic mattress urine
Although most Tempur pedic mattress comes with mattress protectors that protect them against water and sweat stains. But unfortunately, the protectors fail sometimes and if an accident happens at that time, you might end up having urine stains on your mattress. In case you have urine stains on your Tempur mattress, check below for useful tips on how you can effectively get rid of the stains.
Removing wet urine stains from Tempur pedic mattress
- Remove beddings and put them in the wash. Wash by the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Make a solution from the mixture of equal parts of vinegar and water in a bowl and pour it into a spray bottle.
- Suck up such urine stain as you can using a dry towel, applying pressure with utmost caution so as not to press the urine deeper into the mattress.
- Liberally spray the solution on the stained spot.
- Leave for 5 minutes before starting to suck up lifted stains from the treated spot using a towel.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the treated spot and leave to sit for about 8 to 10 hours.
- You can either air dry or take the mattress outside to dry under the sun.
- Once the baking soda completely dries out, vacuum all the paste on the surface of the mattress.
- If you can still perceive some odor, go through the process again.
How to clean dry urine stain from Tempur pedic mattress
- Make a solution from the mixtures of 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 3 drops of liquid dishwashing detergent, 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, and a little drop of essential oil in a bowl and pour in a spray bottle.
- Spray the solution generously on the stained spot and leave until dries and forms paste on the mattress.
- Vacuum every baking soda paste residue.
- If some stains persist, repeat the process all over again.
How to clean pillow top mattress urine
Your pillow-top mattress can be easily cleaned by following the simple steps discussed below.
- Strip your mattress off every bedding, put them in the wash, and wash according to the care instruction label of the beddings.
- Suck up as much urine stain as you can from the mattress using a dry towel. Do not press or apply too much pressure so as not to press the stain deeper into the mattress.
- Make a solution from the mixtures of 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap, and 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl and pour in a spray bottle.
- Liberally spray the solution on the stained spot without saturating the mattress and leave it to sit for about 20 minutes.
- Suck up lifted stains from the treated spot using a dry clean towel.
- Pour undiluted vinegar on the treated spot without getting it saturated.
- Suck up the vinegar with a clean dry towel.
- Take the mattress outside to dry under the sun or your can place it in a room with enough air circulation to air dry.
- Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the treated spot and leave it to sit for several hours before vacuuming.
How to Clean Latex mattress urine
You must know the kind of stain you are dealing with when cleaning a latex mattress because if you’re at a simple stain with a cleaner that is meant for tough stains, it will impact negatively on your mattress. Urine stain is a tough one and therefore, must be treated aggressively. Check below for details on how you can effectively clean your Latex mattress.
- Make a solution from the mixtures of 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and a tablespoon of dishwashing soap in a bowl and pour in a spray bottle.
- Spray the solution on the stained spot and leave to sit for several minutes.
- Dap treated spot with clean cloth afterward.
How to clean urine from a sleep number mattress
Sleep number mattress is an adjustable airbed that automatically adjusts the support and firmness of the bed to meet the requirement of sleepers. This mattress offers nothing but comfort and the last thing you would want to have on the mattress is urine stains. Once you notice a urine stain on your number bed, follow the steps below to help you remove the stains.
- Pour undiluted vinegar into a spray bottle and spray generously on the stained spot to get it saturated.
- Leave to sit on the stain for about 10 minutes.
- Remove excess vinegar from the mattress by pressing a paper towel on the treated spot with little pressure or as required.
- Sprinkle baling soda generously on the treated spot, making sure it evenly spreads out.
- Leave the baking soda to sit for a few hours. 6. Once the mattress completely dries, suck up the baking soda using a vacuum cleaner.
How to deep clean a mattress urine
- Utilize a dry cloth, towel, or paper towel to gently blot up the excess mattress urine, then lightly strip the bed. Prevent rubbing the urine stain, as this’ll just spread deeper and deeper into the mattress.
- Now sprinkle baking soda onto the satiny area to absorb the remaining damp.
- Make a mixture of water and biological washing powder. Alternatively, if you do not mind the odor, you can try a mixture of 1 part of white vinegar to 1 part of hot water.
- Spray your selected solution onto the urine stain and leave to soak for 4-5 minutes. If utilizing commercial stain cleaner, forever carefully follow the guidelines on the packaging, be certain to wear gloves for protection, and open the door and window for ventilation. You’d utilize enough of the urine stain cleaner to counterbalance the value of urine which soaked unto the foam earlier leaving to air dry.
- Previous step 1, blotting up any damp with a dry cloth or towel. This is to get rid of any remaining mattress urine and avoid mold, so try to get the memory foam mattress as dry as possible.
- Now brink backs the baking soda and lightly sprinkle over the complete mattress. This needs to be given some time to dry out thoroughly – at least 15-18 hrs – so you’d create other sleeping arrangements as well as leave it to dry overnight.
- In the final step, vacuum up the baking soda and pile the mattress a well-vandalized space or up area outside the area to let air circulate and move the last of the smell.
The above methods explain how to clean mattress urine and now I’m going to discuss with you about prevention and protection.
How to get urine stains out of mattress when dry
Before proceeding into details, note that almost every technique that has been discussed herein in this article so far can be used to remove dried urine stains from the bed. However, because all those recommendations are made to be meant for a specific type of mattress, I will be discussing a technique that can be used to clean urine stains from all types of mattresses.
Removing dried urine strings from mattress with liquid dishwashing soap, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda
- Make a solution from the mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide, a tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap, and 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl and pour in a spray bottle.
- Leave the solution to sit on the stains for several hours an hour.
- Soak a towel in water, squeeze to get rid of excess water, and rub on the treated spot to rinse off the solution.
- Suck up as much of the solution as you can with a clean dry cloth or you can use a vacuum cleaner.
- Dry afterward under the sun or you can air dry.
Prevention and Protection
Now that you know how to clean mattress urine, you can be ready for the next incidents. Some sealed protectors are available for duvets, pillows as well as mattresses that’ll not just protect your bed from urine, but also assist protect you from bacteria, dust mites, and an entire number of allergens.
Do not be put off by painful childhood memories of crackly water-resistant cases and covers – the recent items are fay subtler and would not leave you sliding and slipping with each moment.
Craig Canapari, MD, is the director of the pediatric Sleep Medicine Program at Yale Medicine. He is the expert in mattress.