As a parent, you are likely to deal with lots of accidents from your kids. And even after that, they are likely to have some accidents in their sleep. The same goes for anyone with a pet as it may pee on your bed. It could also be that you held a party and one of your pals had a little accident on the bed. And though you may not want to admit it, you could also have had one too many drinks and ended up peeing on the bed. These are all likely situations, and no matter who the culprit is at the end of the day, you do need to clean up after them.
Sheets, blankets, and clothes are the easy part of the task. All you do is put them in a washing machine, run the cycles, and end up with clean items. Mattresses, on the other hand, are quite tricky. For one, you cannot fold them and throw them into the machine owing to their bulk nature. And two, failure to clean them properly will lead to the emission of a foul smell. And that will have the whole house smelling terrible. Thus, you have to figure out how best you can remove the urine smell from the mattress before it is too late.
Before we get into how you should handle this situation, there are some factors that you should consider. For one, if you have a kid or a pet who often pees on the bed, consider the use of a removable cover. In this way, you can take the cover out and run it through the cycles. And you will not have to deal with urine on the mattress. Also, the sooner you handle the accident, the less its effects will be. The more time you give it, the harder it will be to remove the smell. However, it is not impossible.
Get human urine out mattress
For this process, we will use items that you can readily find in your home. Without much ado, let’s get started:
What You Need
- White paper towels
- Baking soda
- Distilled white vinegar
You can opt to have a blow dryer or fan as well as rubber gloves and essential oils to help you in this. If you do not have white paper towels, you can substitute these with rags or cloth towels. You need something that can soak up the urine to make the task easy.
Now that you have everything you need, here comes the easy part:
Start by inspecting the bed to figure out what got into contact with the urine. Then remove the affected items and place them in the washing machine. Let them run through the cycles as you focus on the mattress.
Use the white paper towels or rags to soak up the urine. A mistake that people make at this point is that they rub on the mattress. This method does not work as it pushes the urine into the fibers, thus increasing the intensity of the smell. Blot away what you can.
How to clean urine from a mattress with vinegar
Once the area feels dry, and the paper towels are unable to soak up more moisture, you can spray some white vinegar on the affected area. Do not dilute the vinegar as doing so will reduce its intensity, and thus its ability to get rid of the smell. A spray bottle will help you in this regard as it will enable you to spread out the moisture without saturating the area. In this way, the mattress will dry fast. The vinegar should stay in place for at least ten minutes, with a maximum allowable time of half an hour. After this, use the paper towels to soak up the extra vinegar. Note that the rags or towels you use for this should not be the ones used to soak up the urine.
You can now use baking soda on the area as this will help in the elimination of any urine smell that lingers. Additionally, this chemical will also help in getting rid of the vinegar smell, which can be overpowering. You can leave it on the mattress for about three hours before you clean it. If you do not mind its smell, you can have it on the mattress and lay some clean sheets on the bed. In this way, you can clean it the next time you remove the sheets. It can work on eliminating any odors in the mattress all this while.
Cleaning the baking soda will take place through the use of a vacuum cleaner. Have an attachment piece on the device to make your work easy. As you clean the area, ensure that you move over the surface thoroughly to ensure that you get rid of all of it.
Your mattress is now clean and free of urine odors. If this is not the first time you have dealt with such a problem, you should consider the use of a mattress protector. It comes in handy in protecting the mattress’s lifespan and will be sure to uphold your warranty.
What if the accident was as a result of a pet? What do you do then? Would you handle it as if it were human urine?
Removing Pet Urine
The thing with pet urine is that it smells a lot more as compared to human urine. There is thus a need to handle the situation differently. It is only then that you can rest assured that the urine smell will be a thing of the past.
Unlike in the other steps where we started by blotting the urine, here we will begin by using baking soda on the affected area. You should do this as the first thing as a means to absorb all of the urine. As the chemical absorbs the urine, you will notice that it will darken in hue. When this happens, use a vacuum cleaner on the spot and get rid of all of the chemical. Pour some more baking soda on the spot and watch out for color change. Note that you will continue doing this until you sprinkle baking soda and it stays white.
Next, you will create a mixture as follows: five drops of liquid detergent, three tablespoons of baking soda and eight ounces of hydrogen peroxide. Combine these ingredients in a spray bottle. If you wish, you can add some drops of essential oil as this will eliminate the foul smell of the urine. Shake the ingredients to combine them and spray them on the affected spot. If there is a stain on the mattress, be sure to soak it up with the spray. And while doing this, ensure that you evenly cover the area.
Wait until the spot dries completely. From here, you can vacuum the spot until nothing remains. After this, your mattress should not only look great, but the smell should also be devoid of urine.
How to get urine out of a mattress when dry
The pet urine procedure will work for the removal of urine smell from a mattress when dry. Thus, if you were away for a while or slept through the night, you can use this. This pet urine removal process works for both animals and humans.
The danger of urine in mattress
You should deal with urine accidents as soon as they happen. Failure to do so leads to the formation of stains as well as the weakening of the support core. Most companies will not honor mattress warranties where there are stains on the surface. They attribute this to moisture damage as well as the destruction of the internal layers.
Given the dangers of urine in a mattress, it is essential to have some measures in place to prevent the reoccurrence of such accidents. Where you or a pal had one too many drinks, it would be a good idea to take it slow the next time you are having fun. Or you could buy a quiet mattress cover that will enable your mattress to stay clean and smell fresh. For the pillows and duvets, you can get a sealed protector to ensure that they do not come into contact with the urine. The good thing about protectors is that they will also keep you safe from allergens such as dust mites.
Should you get a mattress protector? Yes, you should where your kids or pets often have pee accidents on the bed. For one, it will protect your mattress from moisture damage and will, therefore, uphold your warranty. Additionally, it will keep the mattress safe from intruding insects, and where you need to get rid of infested materials, your mattress will not be affected.
The good thing about protectors is that they are affordable. For a couple of bucks, you can get your hands on a good one. And compared to what you would incur to get a new mattress, you are better off getting protection.
They are also easy to wash, and you can slip them on and off as often as is necessary. Additionally, protectors are light in weight, and handling them should not prove difficult.