Cleaning off urine on a mattress, whether from a child or a puppy, is never a pleasant task. Unlike bedsheets and pillowcases, you cannot conveniently wash a mattress in a standard home washing machine.
The good news is you don’t have to replace the soiled mattress with a new one. Following the suggested steps below, you could remove or reduce the unpleasant pee stain residue on the mattress.
Step 1: Quickly remove the sheets and bedding.
When you notice the urine stain on your bed, remove all the coverings and wash them immediately (double-check that your comforter is machine washable). Urine can be challenging to remove from bedding, especially if it has dried, so we recommend prompt action when you discover urine on your bed.
Step 2: Blot urine area.
To absorb as much urine as possible, use paper towels or microfiber cloths. Put on some rubber gloves and press down on the towels to help them soak up the liquid. To prevent contamination, use a new, clean, dry towel for the urine transfer each time.
Step 3: Treat the stain with three different methods.
Method 1: Vinegar and water solution
Mix one part of vinegar with every three parts of water. Soak a cloth in the vinegar solution and wring it out so it is damp, not wet. Place the damp cloth over the urine stain and leave it there for at least half an hour. The vinegar will start to break down the urine and make it easier to clean. After half an hour, remove the cloth and wipe the area with a clean cloth.
Method 2: Baking soda
Sprinkle baking soda generously over the urine stain. Leave it there overnight, then vacuum it up in the morning. Baking soda will help to neutralize the smell of urine and absorb moisture.
Method 3: Enzyme cleaner
You may purchase enzyme-based cleaning products if you need a more powerful cleaning solution to treat the urine. The ‘active’ bacteria in the enzyme solution can break down organic molecules like urine.
Spray enzyme solution onto the urinated spot and let the solution sit for about an hour.
Then, use a damp cloth to wipe the area.
This non-toxic cleaning solution is not only great for cleaning stains; the enzymes have powerful odour-removing properties making this cleaner a perfect choice for pet owners.
Step 4: Sanitise the mattress.
A thorough cleaning of the urine on the mattress may not be sufficient. Urine residue on the fabric contains unhygienic bacteria. To eliminate bacteria from urine, sanitise the mattress with sanitizers that effectively eliminate bacteria on fabric surfaces.
De Hygienique uses an alcohol-based sanitising solution that kills bacteria and other microorganisms and can also reduce the growth of house dust mites. This certified sanitizer can be safely applied on fabric surfaces.
If you are not satisfied after trying the suggested methods mentioned above, you may want to engage a professional mattress cleaning service to assess the condition.