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How to clean urine stains from a mattress

Urine stains can cause unpleasant stains and smells! To avoid this act fast and use these tips to clean stains from a mattress.

Updated 8 April 2020

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With kids in the house, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll end up having to deal with a bed-wetting incident at some point – it’s a perfectly natural part of growing up, and occasionally happens in later life as well. Dealing with it is hardly fun, but removing urine from a mattress is something that can actually be pretty simple if you act fast, and treat the situation sensitively and sensibly.

All urine (animal and human) is made up of crystals of uric acid, so to permanently remove the acid, odour, and bacteria and properly clean urine from mattress fabric and bedding, it is best to use an enzyme-based cleaning solution. There is also a wide selection of products specifically developed for treating urine stains caused by pets, which are often perfectly suitable for use on human accidents too. Make sure to check the label on your chosen product and follow the instructions to ensure you use it safely and effectively. Always test any cleaning product in a small area first before continuing.

How to Clean a Mattress: Urine Stains

  1. Use a dry towel, cloth, or paper towels to lightly blot up the excess urine, then strip the bed. Avoid rubbing the stain, as this will only spread the urine deeper into the mattress.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda onto the affected area to absorb the remaining moisture.
  3. Make a solution of biological washing powder – we like Persil Bio – and water. Alternatively, if you don’t mind the smell (which can be somewhat potent at first) you can try a solution of one part white vinegar to one part warm water.
  4. Spray your chosen solution onto the stain and leave to sit for 3-5 minutes. If using a commercial stain remover, always carefully follow the instructions on the product packaging, be sure to wear protective gloves, and open the windows for ventilation. You should use enough of the stain remover to counterbalance the amount of urine that has soaked into the mattress before leaving to air-dry.
  5. Repeat step one, blotting up any moisture with a towel or dry cloth. This is to get rid of any residual urine and prevent mould, so try to get the mattress as dry as possible.
  6. Bring back the baking soda and sprinkle over the entire mattress. The mattress needs to be given time to dry out thoroughly – at least 18 hours – so you should make other sleeping arrangements and leave it to dry overnight.
  7. Vacuum up the baking soda and prop the mattress up outside or in a well-ventilated area to allow air to circulate and shift the last of the odour.

The above guide explains how to clean urine from mattress fabric and stuffing – check out our article on cleaning mattresses and bedding for tips on doing a regular clean.

Protection and Prevention

Now that you know how to clean urine from a mattress, you can be prepared for future incidents. Sealed protectors are available for pillows, duvets, and mattresses that will not only shield your family’s beds from urine, but also help protect you from dust mites, bacteria and all number of other allergens.

Don’t be put off by uncomfortable childhood memories of crackly waterproof covers and cases – the latest products are far subtler, and won’t leave you slipping and sliding with every movement. Choose from zippered or fitted styles, with breathable fibres that will keep you and your children protected and relaxed.

Now that the mattress is clean again, you and your family are ready for a good night’s sleep!

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Written by: Erin Ringwald

Written on: February 04, 2019

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Cats urinate on furniture for different reasons. Sometimes a cat will urinate because the litter box is inaccessible or too dirty. Other cats spray urine to mark their territory. Cat urine has a pungent smell that can be offensive. This is especially true when they urinate on a mattress that you sleep on.

Luckily, there are ways to remove cat urine smells from your mattress using household products and a little effort from you.

Remove any damp urine as soon as possible using clean paper towels. Press the paper towels on to the spot to soak it up. If the spot is dry and you are unsure where it is, use a black light to find it. Pass the black light over the mattress and it the spot will glow under the black light.

Use a plastic squirt bottle to make a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part white distilled vinegar.

Spray the spot from Step 1 with your vinegar mixture. You want the spot completely saturated. Leave the spot to dry until it is just damp. If you need to dry the spot quicker, use some dry paper towels to dab the area or use the upholstery attachment on a steam cleaner to suck up the moisture.

Add a layer of baking soda over top of the spot. You want the spot to be completely coated.

Mix together 1 tsp liquid dish detergent and 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Pour the mixture onto the baking soda.

Scrub the spot with a scrub brush or old toothbrush. You want to rub the baking soda until it dissolves in the dish detergent mixture.

Leave the spot to dry completely. Vacuum up the dried baking soda spot.

Clean the damp urine spot as soon as possible the same way you would in the first method. If the spot is dry, use a black light to locate it.

Use a plastic squirt bottle to mix together 1 cup hot water and 5 drops of a disinfecting mouthwash.

Spray the urine spot with your mouthwash mixture. You want the spot completely saturated.

Leave the spot to dry thoroughly. If the odour is not completely removed after the first treatment, you can repeat the process as necessary.

Cat Urine remove and Cleanfrom your Mattress

1. Absorb as much cat urine from the mattress as you can using wet/dry vacuum cleaner or paper towels

2. Use Vinegar to Neutralize Cat Urine Odor

3. Remove Cat Urine Smell using Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

Ingredients you need:

White Vinegar

Baking Soda

3% Hydrogen Peroxide

Dishwashing Detergent (Dish Soap)

Instructions How to Clean Cat Urine from
Your Mattress or Sofa


Apply pressure by standing on paper towels.
Cat supervision optional.
Step 1 .If the urine is recent, blot up as much of it as you can using paper towels or a sponge. Apply plenty of pressure to reach the dampness deep down. Stand on the paper towels for more pressure if necessary. If you own a wet/dry vacuum cleaner extract as much of the moisture as you can. If the urine has dried proceed to step two.

Step 2 .Mix a solution of 50% vinegar and 50% water in a jug or other container. Pour a small amount of this solution over the area of cat urine. I used about 50mls. Then begin blotting (as described above to soak up this solution). Or use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner.

Step 3 .Sprinkle a good handful of baking soda over the area.

Step 4 .Mix a quarter of a cup of 3% (10 Vol) hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent and drizzle it over the area where you have sprinkled the baking powder and work it in using your fingers or use a brush. Allow fifteen minutes for the solution to work and then begin blotting again or use wet/dry vacuum


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Step 5 .The mattress must now be left to dry thoroughly. A good indication is when the baking soda feelscompletelydry. Next vacuum up thedrybaking soda thoroughly. The baking soda absorbs the odor and urine. (Use a hard bristled brush to loosen up the baking soda if necessary)

If you live in a sunny climate you may be able to put the mattress out in the sun to dry. You can also assist the drying process by using a fan or heater. Another idea from one of our readers is to use a hair dryer.

That’s all there is to it. It’s as easy as that.

3% (10 Vol)

If you don’t have hydrogen peroxide on hand you could substitute it in an emergency for a spray laundry stain remover. Check the bottle. If it says ‘Oxy’ anywhere on the label then it probably contains hydrogen peroxide. Preen, Sard, OxiClean etc.

To deter your cat from urinating on the bed purchase a plastic tarp and drape it over the bed. Your cat will not like the feel of it and hopefully it will discourage it from peeing on the bed. If it doesn’t discourage then at least it saves your bed linen and mattress from cat urine.

I also recommend a product called SSScat. It is a motion activated spray which delivers a burst of air to frighten your cat away from an area. It is completely safe and harmless. For more information visit the website. SSScat. Very simple but very effective to keep cats away from areas that you decide are out of bounds.

Removal of Cat Urine Odors and Stains from a Mattress: Reviews & Testimonials

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I put it to work this morning and — voila — no odors and my mattress is again snow white! Thank you!!
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WOW. Thank you so much! Not to be repetitive but this is the only treatment that I have ever used that has worked! Someone peed on our new mattress while we were on vacation and it had completely dried by the time we got home. Of course the enzyme cleaners did not work but this did! I had all the ingredients, followed the directions and used a small heater to dry. In less than a day the odor was completely gone. I cannot thank you enough for saving us $1500.00 for a new mattress. Read all Testimonials

Tried this last night after discovering "the smell" on my couch yesterday. It works! Thank you so much! My only regret is I did not find this sooner, as the commercial stain/smell removers have bleached out the side of the couch where I tried to remove urine before. From now on I will be using this recipe. No smell, no stain, no bleach out. Thanks again! Read all Testimonials

I was VERY disappointed in my big male cat who decided to urinate on my boyfriend’s brand new futon, which is his Christmas present this year! Being upset I considered just cutting my losses and shelling out the money for a new one. I decided to conduct some research online before spending the money – and this recipe works. Honest! The stained area was fairly large (about a six foot square) and I was skeptical but I followed the recipe, walked all over the area and once dried, it smells great!! No more urine smell!! Thank you for this valuable information and I’m going to recommend it!! Read all Testimonials

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How To Remove Cat Urine From A Mattress

Last Updated on February 29, 2020

Inappropriate urination in cats is one of the leading reasons why cats are surrendered to shelters. It is frustrating to pet owners, but there is always a reason why cats do this. Getting to the bottom of the cause will help you to find a workable solution which will ensure you and your cat remain happy.

By nature, cats are clean creatures; they don’t urinate on your mattress out of spite. The two most common causes of a cat urinating on the bed are due to medical problems or issues with their litter tray. Below we go into further detail as to what can cause this behaviour and the best ways to remove cat urine from your mattress.

Causes of inappropriate urination in cats

Stress:

Stress is a major cause of inappropriate urination in cats. Factors causing stress in cats can include:

  • Moving house
  • Introduction of a new family member (baby, pet, partner, flatmate)
  • A local cat roaming your garden etc.
  • Loss of a family member or pet
  • Change in household routine

Helping your cat overcome these stresses may well result in the inappropriate urination stopping; however, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes the behaviour can become so ingrained in the cat that even once the stress has been removed, the behaviour continues.

Removing the cause of the stress is naturally something you will need to tackle. So have a good think about what may be causing the stress. Has the behaviour come on suddenly? If you can find a cause for the stress, you have a much better chance of taking steps to help your cat overcome this stress and hopefully stop the behaviour. Feliway is a synthetic facial pheromone, facial pheromones induce feelings of comfort and safety in cats and bring down stress levels. Therefore Feliway can be used to mimic this pheromone. If this is the case, it is a good idea to seek advice from your veterinarian as to how to re-train your cat.

Some cat owners have had great success using Rescue Remedy on their cats, although this isn’t advisable until you have spoken to your vet.

Litter trays:

The rule of thumb is one litter tray per cat, plus one spare and if you live in a multi-level home, there should be a litter tray on every level. Cats are fastidiously clean animals and if there aren’t enough trays in the house or the trays aren’t cleaned often enough, they will find another spot to go to the toilet.

Scoop out solids from litter trays twice a day and completely replace the cat litter once a week.

Keep trays in proximity to food and water bowls, but not next to them, cats don’t like to go to the toilet near where they eat, would you? Don’t stick the litter tray in the dark basement when your cat spends most of his time on upper levels. Cats by nature like privacy when they are going to the toilet, so high traffic areas should be avoided. They like to have an escape route, in case of ambush (from another pet or child).

Size is another important factor. A fully-grown adult is going to need a larger litter tray than a 10-week old kitten. I like to start small for kittens, and once they’re around six months of age, introduce a full-sized litter tray. For some larger cats, you may opt for an extra-large plastic container instead. See here for more information on choosing a litter tray. An older, arthritic cat may struggle with a litter tray which has high sides.

Medical:

The first thing you should do is take your cat to the vet to rule out any medical reasons for this inappropriate urinating on your bed. Some causes of cats urinating outside of the litter tray include urinary tract infections, bladder stones, kidney stones, declawing pain and discomfort from arthritis. Your veterinarian may also recommend anti-anxiety medications in the case of stress-related toileting. There are several drugs available, and your veterinarian will be able to prescribe the best one for your cat.

How to remove cat urine from a bed

  • If the urine has dried and you are having problems locating the soiled area use a blacklight. Cat urine will glow green, making it easy to find the problem area. You should be able to purchase a blacklight from your hardware store or eBay.
  • If the urine is still wet, blot up as much as you can with paper towels. There are many commercially available products on the market designed to remove and neutralise cat urine odour. Some of these products come in powder form, so can be easily vacuumed off, others are liquid (often as a spray), so once you have applied it, it can be dried with the aid of a hairdryer. The recipes below are very effective in neutralising and removing cat urine odour.

Baking soda

  • Apply baking soda to the wet urine stain to draw out the urine. When the baking soda turns yellow from the urine, remove and apply some more. Repeat until the baking soda stays white. If possible, leave on the mattress overnight. The following day, vacuum it off.

White vinegar

  • Empty spray bottle.
  • 1 part white vinegar.
  • 2 parts warm water.
  • Add to bottle, shake well.
  • Mist the vinegar spray over areas of cat urine and rub with a paper towel. An alternative method is to mix the solution in a bucket and dip a clean cloth into the liquid. Rub the stain with the vinegar solution. After the vinegar dries, wipe away both solution and stain with warm water.
  • Use a hairdryer to remove any residual moisture.

Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda

  • Empty spray bottle.
  • 2 tablespoons bi-carb soda (baking soda).
  • 15 oz hydrogen peroxide.
  • 2 squirts hand soap.
  • Mix 15 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, two tablespoons of baking soda, and two squirts of liquid hand soap in a plastic container with a plastic spoon. Apply this solution to cat urine stains or odour areas, and then rinse away with warm water.
  • Use a hairdryer to remove any residual moisture.

How to prevent your cat urinating on the bed

Naturally, you will have to wash your bedding. Washing detergents used for nappies are the best products to use in this case.

Keeping your bedroom door closed is the obvious solution although many cat owners may be reluctant to shut their cat out of the bedroom.

Plastic carpet runners turned upside down, or shower curtains will act as a deterrent; cats dislike the feel of these. Whenever the bed isn’t used, put these over and hopefully in time your cat’s habit will be broken.

To protect your mattress use a mattress protector.

How To Get Cat Pee Out Of A Mattress

A helpful guide to remove the smell and stain of urine, as well as tips for keeping your kitty from using your bed to do their business again.

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Cats are great. They are the favorite companion for a lot of folks. They are loving and independent and are basically the bread and butter of high-quality internet memes. Researchers have even suggested that having a cat around can relieve stress, improve sleep, lower your risk of heart disease, and even improve your social life (True story! Studies have shown that women are significantly more attracted to men with a pet than those without.) Cat pee (and on your mattress, at that!) is… not so great.

Why Does My Cat Keep Peeing On My Mattress?

Though cats can reduce stress, when they urinate where they are not supposed to, they can certainly increase stress as well. You might be faced with a pee spot on your bed and find yourself wondering if your cat is trying to spite you or if you have a defective model—they aren’t and you don’t.

There are a lot of reasons that a cat might use your mattress to relieve themselves, but actively trying to drive you insane (though a likely side-effect) is not one of those reasons. So, first things first, take a deep breath.

There are several medical issues that can cause cats to have a hard time controlling their bladder.Kidney stones, bladder infections, diabetes, arthritis, urinary tract infections, and hyperthyroidismare among the most common health issues that may be causing your cat to have accidents.

Dietary changescan also cause incontinence. If this accident is not an isolated incident, if your cat seems to be experiencing any other pain, or if their habits have changed, talk to your veterinarian about your kitty’s health.

Social and environmental changes can cause cats to feel stressed and anxious, which may also result in urination outside of the litter box. If there have beenmajor changes within your household, such as a new baby, pet, or partner,your cat may be feeling a bit anxious and forgetting their bathroom behavior. Make sure your cat has a space where they feel safe and secure and that they are getting enough attention.

Cats can also be a little bit finicky and have preferences about their litter box.Their box should be in a private and secure spot—make sure it isn’t next to the noisy washing machine, or in direct sight of the dog’s bed.

It is also important to make sure you have enough litter boxes and they are convenient for your kitty. A good rule of thumb is to haveone litter box per cat, plus one extra.You should also make sure that you have one box on every level of your home if it has multiple levels.

It is especially vital that kittens and older cats have a convenient and safe place that they can comfortably get in and out of in order to do their business. Aging cats might need a box with lower sides and softer litter and kittens need a box that is always close enough for them to get to quickly as their bladder control matures.

Cleaning A Urine Stained Mattress

If your kitty has mistaken your mattress as a good spot to squat, get to cleaning the messas soon as possibleto prevent the stain from sinking in or setting. You can follow these steps for thorough clean-up:

  1. Start by soaking up residual urine and moisture with aclean, dry towel or rag(you’ll need several of these throughout the cleaning process) gloves are optional, but highly recommended
  2. Prepare the mattress for cleaning: move it outside to a clean, dry location if you can or use towels andplastic sheets or tarpsto protect your box spring, bed frame, or floor from any water damage
  3. Saturate the spot witha few cups of waterto dilute the urine and flush out the smell
    • Tool tip: don’t be too concerned about your mattress getting wet. The spot is already wet with pee, so water shouldn’t do it anymore harm. If you clean it properly and dry it thoroughly your mattress should be okay.
    • Use another dry towel to apply pressure to the spot and absorb moisture
    • Use about½ cup of your preferred cleanerto saturate the spot (either spray or squirt an even layer over the affected area)
      • Some good cleaners include:
        • enzyme cleaners which are specially formulated to break down organic materials
        • a vinegar solution
        • a hydrogen peroxide and gentle detergent mixture
        • feel free to add essential oils to your cleaning solution to give off a more pleasant fragrance
        • Let the cleanersoak in for about 15 minutesthen use a clean, dry towel to apply pressure and absorb more moisture from the spot—we recommend piling something heavy, like books, on the towels and leaving them to soak up moisture for a few hours
        • Sprinkle the spot withbaking sodato pull out moisture and neutralize odor
        • Allow your mattress to fullydry out for 2-3 days
          • Tips for drying your mattress:
            • If the weather permits, leave the mattress outside in a clean area to dry out in the sun
            • Keepa standing fanconstantly directed towards the spot
            • If you need to sleep on it, cover the spot in towels and make your bed as normal. Return the bed to drying mode in the morning.
            • Vacuum or sweepup baking soda as it absorbs moisture. Reapply as needed until mattress is completely clean and dry.

            Preventing Future Pee

            If your cat has learned a bad habit or has marked your mattress with their smell, it may take a bit oftime and patience for them to relearn proper potty protocol.In the meantime, you can protect your mattress from further mess in a few different ways.

            At the risk of stating the obvious, if you’re worried about what your cat will do,keep them off of your bedand keep your bedroom door closed.

            You should also make sure that your cat’slitter box is safe, appealing, clean, and easy to access. You might be dreading having to clean your kitty’s box more often but hey, it is MUCH easier than having to clean your mattress again, right?

            If you don’t want to revoke your cat’s bedroom privileges, you can protect your mattress witha waterproof topperor invest in a mattress with a removable and washable cover. A few popular beds that have a machine washable cover include Puffy, Novosbed and YogaBed.

            Essential oils can also be helpful in deterring your kitty’s defecation.There are some smells that cats can’t stand.These include: most citrus fruits, bananas, cayenne, mustard seed, and lavender, among others. You might consider spraying your bed, or any other spots you want to discourage your cat from claiming, with one of these fragrances.

            Hopefully this has been helpful and you can go forth with a clean mattress and no harbored resentment toward your cat. Wow, we’re basically pet therapists, your first session is free! (We here at the Slumber Yard are, in no way, licensed to practice pet therapy.)

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