How to Remove Urine Stains from a Mattress
Updated: March 31, 2019
This article was co-authored by Michelle Driscoll, MPH. Michelle Driscoll is the Owner of Mulberry Maids based in northern Colorado. Driscoll received her Masters in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health in 2016.
There are 15 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
Accidents happen with children and pets, and at some point, you may need to remove urine from a mattress. Although it can seem like a difficult task, don’t worry! All it takes for the mattress to look as good as new is a few simple household ingredients. To remove wet stains, blot the excess liquid, add baking powder, and use a vinegar solution to neutralize the smell. For old, dry stains, create a hydrogen peroxide solution to help lift the stain.
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To remove dried urine stains from a mattress, start by mixing 8 fluid ounces of hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and 2 drops of dish detergent in a bowl. Then, dab the stain with the solution using a cloth, and let it sit until it dries. Alternatively, you can mix 3 tablespoons of dry laundry powder with 1 tablespoon of water and apply it to the stain. Whichever method you use, vacuum the mattress once the cleaning solution is completely dry. To learn how to remove wet urine stains from a mattress, read on!
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.
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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
- 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.
- Sprinkle baking soda onto the affected area to absorb the remaining moisture.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
How To Get Urine Smell Out Of Mattress
A detailed guide on how to clean urine out of a mattress, and make sure there is no smell left to linger.
Whether it was your child or puppy who hasn’t quite gotten the hang of potty training yet, or your friend who had way too much to drink last night — there’s now a pee stain that you’re responsible for cleaning up.Your blankets and sheets will be fine if you throw them in the washer right away, but unlike your linens, mattresses can’t just be thrown into the washing machine.
Guide To Cleaning Urine From Your Mattress:
Below you’ll find our step-by-step guide on how to completely clean urine out from your mattress, properly sanitize it, and remove any smells or stains left behind. The ingredients we recommend are normal household items that may already be a staple in your pantry, so no need to run to the store in the middle of the night.
Step 1: Remove Sheets & Bedding — Fast
As soon as you notice the urine stain, remove everything off of your mattress including sheets, blankets, or comforters, andthrow them in the washing machine ASAP(double check that your comforter is machine washable). The sooner the better. If the urine is really set, though, we suggest you check out our simple guide on removing yellow stains from your bedding.
Step 2: Blot The Urine Area On Your Bed
Blot away all the extra liquid on the mattress with your towel or paper towel.Pro tip: don’t rub, dab!That way, you don’t push the stain deeper into the fibers of your mattress.
Step 3: Spray Down Your Mattress
Spray down the urine-stained area with a generous layer of vinegar. We recommend you use straight vinegar without any dilution if there is a strong urine odor, because it’s the best way to tackle the stubborn smell. Otherwise, you’ll be okay with using a diluted vinegar mixture that’s 50% vinegar and 50% water.
Use a spray bottle to prevent over saturating your mattress with liquid, because you risk damaging the bed’s foam and you want it to dry in a timely manner. Let the vinegar penetrate the fibers of your mattress, andleave it for 10-20 minutesto really ensure you remove that nasty urine smell. After you’ve let it set, soak up the vinegar with your paper towels or cloth (not the ones you originally used to clean up the extra pee, ew).
Step 4: Sprinkle Baking Soda Over The Area
This will help to soak up any lingering odors, and should get rid of the vinegar smell as well.We recommend leaving the baking soda for a full work day, like 8 hours or more. You can even leave it overnight if you want to be extra careful. Don’t worry about not being able to sleep on it though — you can just throw a pair of clean sheets over the mattress and get back to cleaning in the morning.
Step 5: Vacuum Up The Baking Soda
After eight hours or so (even longer if you can), vacuum up all the baking soda from your mattress. Use the attachment piece that should have come with your vacuum to make the process a bit easier, or even a handheld mini vacuum.Make sure to go over the surface multiple times— this isn’t a one-and-done type deal. If you rush through this step you may not get all the baking soda out of your mattress. And voila! The urine accident should be all but forgotten (until the next time).
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What You’ll Need To Clean Up Pet/Animal Urine:
- Baking soda
- 8 oz hydrogen peroxide
- Liquid detergent (a few drops)
- Optional: essential oils, lemon water
- Optional: rubber gloves, a blow dryer or standing fan
Cleaning Pet Urine From Your Mattress:
If one of your furry friends had something to do with the wet spot on your mattress, the odor can be a little smellier than that of human urine. That’s because pet urine is more concentrated, and contains significant amounts of alkaline and acidic substances. In this case, there are slightly different steps you should follow to make sure the pee, and its smell, are gone for good.
Step 1: Throw Your Linens In The Wash
Like human urine, you’ll want towash your blankets and sheets right awayto prevent the urine from staining or ruining your linens.
Step 2: Sprinkle baking soda, Vacuum, Repeat
Unlike cleaning humane urine from a mattress, you shouldfirst spread baking soda over the urine spotwhen dealing with pee from your pet. Why? The goal is to absorb all of the urine out of the bed first. You should notice the baking soda begin to darken in color, and when that happens, vacuum up the baking soda. From here, you’ll want to repeat this process until the baking soda stays white in color.
Step 3: Spray Down The Spot
Combine a mixture containing8 oz of hydrogen peroxide, three tbs of more baking soda, and a few drops of liquid detergentin a spray bottle. You can also add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil or lemon water to leave a more pleasant smell on your mattress.
Spray down the spot with your mixture, and coat your mattress with a generous layer without completely soaking it. Also, you should make sure it’s all even.
Step 4: Vacuum The Residue
Vacuum up the excess residue after the sprayed-down spot has completely dried, and your mattress should look (and smell) like it’s back to normal.
You can also follow these same steps if you’re trying to clean up urine that has already dried from when you were out of town or asleep during the night. It’ll work on both dried animal urine, and dried human urine.
If it was your child or your loved one who left the urine, there are steps you can take to prevent another big clean up in the future. You can purchase a protective covering that’s actually quiet, comfortable, and will keep your mattress fresh and clean. You can also get a sealed protector for things like pillows and duvets. As an added bonus, sealed coverings will protect you from dust mites and other unwelcome allergens.
You can also consider getting a waterproof mattress protector. Not only will they protect your mattress from your child’s or animal’s pee mishaps, they’ll extend the life of your mattress overall and protect your warranty. There are some popular protectors that won’t break the bank on Amazon.
If it was your animal that peed on your mattress, you’ll want to make sure it doesn’t happen again in the future. Dogs especially have a strong sense of smell, and may instinctively return to that spot to claim their territory (a.k.a. continue peeing).
Make sure the odor is completely gone, and bring in some extra reinforcements with commercial dog repellents, or a DIY remedy like cayenne pepper. Spray the repellent/ spread small bits of cayenne pepper to keep your dog from peeing on the spot again. Don’t worry, the cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt your pup/animal. It contains a certain molecule that slightly bothers their skin without hurting them. Kind of like an uncomfortable sweater your grandma knitted for you.
If the culprit was your too-drunk-to-function buddy, then the biggest advice we have for them is to take it easy, and slow down.
Important Things To Remember
Whether you’re cleaning urine left by your cat or from your 4-year-old who had an accident, there are a few key things you should keep in mind.
The longer urine sits (especially your animal’s urine which is much stronger than yours), the better chance it has to leave a nasty stain or lingering smell. That means, if you notice the urine right away, don’t put it off because you don’t feel like dealing with it. Get to cleaning right away.
If the stain happened while you were out of town and the stain sat a few days, you’ll just have to put in a bit of extra TLC and time when you’re cleaning your mattress.
Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals
Your run-of-the-mill store brand carpet cleaner is not a good alternative to clean urine out of a mattress. Many cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful for humans and animals, and you don’t want that inside the mattress you sleep on every night. The strong odor from these harsh chemicals like bleach or disinfectants can also be a little too overpowering for your pet.
How to Clean Pee Out of a Mattress
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With three young children, we’ve dealt with our fair share of bedwetting accidents over the past the past 7 1/2 years. Thankfully, we’ve now learnedthe very best way to clean pee out of a mattress. Urine odors and stains (for the most part) don’t have to ruin mattresses forever!
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I was very satisfied after using this method to remove urine from the mattress the first time.
There was still a faint circle, especially around the edges where I did not get baking soda, but I was happy that it was mostly unnoticeable.
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How To Clean A Mattress and Get Rid of Stains
Knowinghow to clean a mattresscan help you sleep better at night. This guide explains how to clean your mattress and get rid of stains, odors, and allergens. It also covers how to protect your mattress, so it stays clean and fresh.
Why You Should Clean Your Mattress
Dead Skin Cells and Dust Mites
Of the estimated 1.6trillionskin cells on our bodies, roughly 30,000 to 40,000 of them fall off every hour. Multiply that by the eight hours we’re supposed to get, and we’re shedding around a quarter-million dead skin cells in our sleep.
Sure, your sheets catch most of the skin cells. What they don’t protect your mattress from are the dust mites that feed on those dead skin cells. And, there arehundreds of thousandsof those dust mites in your bed.
Or, Glen Needham, a retired professor of entomology at Ohio State University, says, “Every mattress is a crime scene in terms of how it gets inoculated with mites.”
Moisture, Mold, and Mildew
When we sleep, our bodies lose moisture. Some of that is simply the result of us breathing. Some of it is also sweat.
If you’re a person who “sleeps hot” or who suffers from hot flashes or night sweats, you know how damp your bedding and mattress can get. Combine the two, and our bodies produce over a pound of moisture each night!
While much of that evaporates in the air, plenty soaks into your mattress. There, the dense materials and warm, dark environment provide the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew spores.
Pets, Kids, and Other Messes
If you have young children, the chances are that at least one mattress in your home bears the results of a nighttime accident. Even house-trained pets can leave your mattress damp if they spend much time licking their paws or hop on your bed right after a bath. And, of course, full-grown adults can soil a mattress several ways, too.
So, you can put up with a stained mattress that stinks of sweat and body oils, or you can set aside an afternoon to deep clean your mattress and get it looking — and smelling — new again.
How to Clean Your Mattress
You need to strip the bed before you begin cleaning your mattress, so this is a good time to launder your bed linens, too.
- Using the hottest setting allowed on the manufacturer’s label will kill dust mites on your sheets and blankets.
- Go ahead and wash your pillows and fabric mattress toppers.
- You can even wash an electric blanket if you use one.
While the washer and dryer are doing their thing, follow the steps below to clean your mattress.
1. Vacuum the Top and Sides
Your vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment is the best tool for mattress cleaning. Start at the top and work your way down in overlapping, narrow paths.
Vacuum the sides the same way. Don’t worry about the other side of the mattress just yet — we’ll get there in step 5. For now, we’re clearing away dead skin cells, pet hair, and surface dirt to make the next step more effective.
2. Remove Odors with Baking Soda
S prinkle your mattress well with plain baking soda (bicarb for UK readers) andgentlyrub it in, so it bonds with surface moisture. Let it sit for 10 minutes to continue neutralizing odors.
What about adding essential oils?
Several readers have asked about mixing essential oils with the baking powder before sprinkling it on their mattresses. I don’t recommend it for a couple of reasons.
- Essential oils are stilloils.Rubbing any oil into a fabric is never a good idea — it attracts dirt and can make the bond between the material and soil permanent. That’s pretty much the exactoppositeof what we’re trying to achieve when we clean a mattress.
- It’s a waste of time.By the time you’ve cleaned the mattress, removed stains, and protected it from future problems, you won’t be able to smell the essential oil. So why bother?
3. Vacuum Again
After giving the baking soda time to bond with surface moisture and odors, it’s time to vacuum it out of the mattress.
Using the upholstery attachment, vacuum the top and sides of the mattress with slow, overlapping strokes. Donotpress too hard — it interferes with your vacuum’s suction and may snag your bed’s fabric.
4. How to Remove Mattress Stains
Mattresses typically acquire three types of stains: blood, urine, and what we’ll call “other bodily fluids.”
While it’s best to treat stains immediately, sometimes sleep is more important. Fortunately, you can still clean stains on your mattress even after they’ve been there a while.
You can often get fresh blood stains out of mattresses with just a rag, some cold water, and a little soap. For fresh blood stains, it’s important to usecoldwater, since heat causes the proteins in blood to bond with the mattress material.
If cold water and a bit of soap didn’t do the trick, use the dried blood remover for mattresses below.