How to clean urine out of a mattress

A quick and easy method to remove urine from your mattress.

Mattresses are important… and 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 need to deal with this quickly, and the longer you spend standing in indecision, the closer you inch to a mattress that is 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, duvet, blankets etc, 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 the stain, not scrub it.

As much as you may not want to get wee on one of your towels, using paper towels on bedding is likely to get bits of paper all over the sheet. So, 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, be sure to add as much pressure as you can to soak up with liquid, rather than letting the towel just 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 good way to

apply your solution is by taking a spray bottle and using this to spray 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 that you’d already put down to help lift the stain from the mattress. How this works is that the acidic vinegar breaks down the bicarb, and in turn, 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 be facing a clean mattress that is free of odour. If not, you may have to repeat the process and you may still be left with a very 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 the more you repeat the process.

Alternatively, if you are unhappy leaving a faint stain, or would rather trust the stain removal experts, get in touch with ServiceMaster Clean from our ServiceMaster brand family. With all the latest tools and the know-how for the job, these expert technicians are equipped to deal with any stain on any surface and clean your carpet and upholstery. To see how the professionals do it, check out this video of some ServiceMaster Clean experts deep cleaning a dirty mattress.

Or, for a regular deep clean of your whole home, get in touch with us. 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. Book now, or get in touch with your nearest Merry Maids business by using our branch locator today.

Written by Tom Page, Digital Content Writer