A quick and easy method to remove urine from your mattress.
Mattresses are important. Not to mention expensive!
This makes it all the worse when you wake up from sharing your bed with your pet or child to find they’ve wet your bed.
Panic sets in. You understand that accidents happen. But equally, you don’t want it to seep into the mattress and stain it forever.
So, what do you do?
It’s the first thing in the morning (or worse… the middle of the night).
You must handle this quickly, and the longer you spend standing in indecision, the closer you inch to a mattress permanently stained with urine.
We’ve got you covered.
Here is everything you need to know to clean a urine-stained mattress in five easy steps.
1. Strip the bed
First things first, clear the area.
This means removing any bedding: sheets, duvets, blankets, and putting them in the wash immediately.
2. Start to soak up the stain yourself
Begin to bring up as much of the liquid as you can by using a large towel.
Much like the stain from a bottle of wine, the key here is to blot, not scrub it.
As much as you may not want to get wee on one of your towels, using paper towels on bedding will likely get bits of paper all over the sheet.
You’re far better off grinning and bearing it with a towel and washing it afterwards.
You also want to avoid creating heat through friction from scrubbing or with any other heat source, as this will cause the stain to set in and become permanent.
Instead, add as much pressure as possible to soak up the liquid – rather than letting the towel sit on top.
3. Create your own solution
Next, create your own cleaning solution of 50:50 distilled white vinegar and water.
The best method is to give the stain a light coating here.
If you have one, a spray bottle is a good way to apply your solution by spraying the urine-stained area of the mattress.
Let this sit for a while – anywhere between five and ten minutes is preferable and then apply the next magic ingredient.
4. Cover the stain with bicarbonate of soda
Applying sodium bicarbonate to the affected area works in tandem with the solution you’ve put down to help lift the stain from the mattress.
How does this work? The acidic vinegar breaks down the bicarb and releases carbon dioxide, which lifts stains.
But to do this effectively, you need time.
The process yields the best results when left to work for a while – between 8 to 10 hours, to be precise.
The good thing is, once this has been done, the nature of the bicarbonate of soda means that all you have to do is…
5. Hoover up the bicarb
Now, all that’s left to do is vacuum up the remaining bicarbonate of soda and viola – you should have a clean mattress that is free of odour.
If not, you may have to repeat the process.
You may still be left with a faint outline or stain where the mixture did not reach or not enough was blotted up.
However, the smell should be gone, and the stain will fade as you repeat the process.
Alternatively, if you are unhappy leaving a faint stain or would rather trust the stain removal experts, call ServiceMaster Clean from our ServiceMaster brand family.
See how Merry Maids can help.
Or, for a regular deep clean of your whole home, contact your local Merry Maids.
If it’s a deep clean, spring clean, tidy up, regular or one-off visit, our maids are here to take the hassle of cleaning your home off your hands.