This one is for the moms and dads out there. Whether it was your child who hasn’t quite gotten the hang of potty training yet, your puppy who is in the same boat, or your friend who had way too much to drink while you were DD. Whoever had their little pee accident in the bed, it’s your job to clean it up. But unlike your sheets and blankets, mattresses can’t just be thrown into the washing machine. And then there is the question of smell, because that is the worst.
Anyway, you’ve come to the right place for tips on how to manage your pee accident. If your child or puppy makes this clean up job a regularity, we suggest looking into a mattress with a removable and machine-washable cover. Only a few mattresses have this, like Yogabed or Novosbed. One more tip to know, just like with blood, the sooner you get to it the better when it comes to a urine stain. Once it sets in, it’s a little more difficult to tackle, but not impossible.
Read on for a step by step guide on how to completely clean urine out of your mattress, properly sanitize, and remove any smells or stains left behind. The ingredients we’re using are some 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.
Remove all your sheets and other bedding that got urine on them and throw them in the washing machine. You can check out this post on how to get the yellow stain out of white bedding.
Blot away all the extra liquid on the mattress with your white towel. Don’t rub, as you can push the stain deeper into the fibers of your bed.
Spray down the infected area with white vinegar. We recommend straight vinegar without any dilution because it’s the best way to tackle the stubborn smell. Use a spray bottle as to not over saturate the mattress, because you want it to dry in a timely manner. Let the vinegar soak in for 10-20 minutes. 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).
Sprinkle baking soda all over the infected area. This will help to soak up any lingering odors and should get rid of the vinegar smell, as well. We recommend leaving it for around three hours, but sometimes we’ve even just put clean sheets back on the bed and left it there till the next time we took the sheets off to wash them.
Vacuum it up. Whenever you decide to come back to the baking soda, whether it be a couple hours later or a couple days later, vacuum up all the baking soda. Your vacuum should come with an attachment piece which will make it easier. Make sure to go over the surface multiple times and get it all. Your urine accident should be all but forgotten! (Until the next time).
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 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. In this case, there are slightly different steps you should follow to make sure the pee, and its smell, are gone for good.
Sprinkle baking soda over the urine spot before anything else, because the goal is to absorb all of the urine out 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.
Combine a mixture containing 8 oz of hydrogen peroxide, three tbs of more baking soda, and a few drops of liquid detergent in a spray bottle. You can also add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil to leave a more pleasant smell on your mattress.
Spray down the spot with your mixture, and don’t be afraid to coat the stain with a lot of it. Just make sure it’s all even.
Vacuum up the excess residue after the 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 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. If it was your child or animal who had the accident, 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, low key, 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.