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How to Get Pee out of a Mattress
Are you struggling with a urine-stained mattress? Don't worry, we've got you covered! We understand that the damp feeling and unpleasant odor can be overwhelming, but before you consider throwing out your mattress, let us share some simple and readily available solutions to clean it up.
Method 1: Using White Vinegar and Baking Soda
Step 1: Soak up the Urine
Using kitchen paper towels, soak up as much of the urine as possible. Do not rub the area, as this will only push the urine deeper into the mattress. Keep pressing the paper towels onto the stained area until the mattress fabric is almost dry. If the paper towels become saturated, replace them with fresh ones. It's important to act quickly and not let the fabric soak in urine for too long, as this will make it more difficult to clean.
Step 2: Use a Vinegar-Water Solution
Mix white vinegar and water in a spray bottle or bowl in a 1:4 ratio. Apply the mixture to the stained area using a spray bottle or dab it on with a cloth. This will help remove the stain and eliminate any odors. Vinegar can neutralize the ammonia in urine, which helps to eliminate the odor. The vinegar solution also helps to rehydrate the stain, ensuring that it is fully removed from the mattress.
Note: Do not use vinegar on delicate fabrics, as it may leave watermarks. Instead, use rubbing alcohol, which dries quickly and won't leave any marks.
Step 3: Use a Sponge to Wipe the Mattress
Wiping the urine stain from the inside out with a sponge ensures that you remove all the urine from the fibers and surface of the mattress, leaving no trace of odor or stain. For stubborn stains, use vinegar to neutralize the odor.
Step 4: Sprinkle Baking Soda
While the urine stain is still wet, sprinkle baking soda generously over the affected area. The more, the better. Baking soda is safe to use and won't harm your health, so don't be afraid to use it a lot. If you want to add a pleasant scent to your mattress, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the baking soda before sprinkling it on the mattress.
Step 5: Let Baking Soda Sit Overnight
Let the baking soda sit on the mattress for at least 12 hours. This will give it enough time to absorb all the moisture and odor from the urine stain. If you're in a hurry, you can check the mattress after 4-6 hours to see if it's dry.
Step 6: Vacuum Up the Baking Soda
Once the baking soda has had enough time to work its magic, use a vacuum cleaner to remove it from the mattress. Make sure you vacuum up all the baking soda so that your mattress is clean and fresh again.
Method 2: Using Dish Soap, Baking Soda, and Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
Step 1: Absorb the Excess Urine with a Cloth
Before applying any cleaning solution, it's important to absorb as much urine as possible. Use a cloth or paper towel to gently press on the wet area and soak up the excess liquid. Avoid pressing too hard as this could push the urine further into the mattress.
Step 2: Mix the Cleaning Solution
In a spray bottle, mix 2-3 drops of dish soap, 3 tablespoons (40g) of baking soda, and 300 ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Shake the bottle well to ensure all the ingredients are evenly mixed. The hydrogen peroxide will disinfect the fabric and break down the acids in the urine, making it easier to remove. If you don't have hydrogen peroxide, you can use vinegar instead.
Step 3: Apply the Cleaning Solution
Spray the cleaning solution generously onto the urine stain and make sure it's completely saturated. Let it sit for at least an hour to allow the solution to penetrate and break down the stain. If your mattress cover is made of delicate fabric, consider using a bio-enzyme cleaner instead.
Step 4: Blot with a Damp Cloth
After an hour has passed, use a damp cloth to blot the stain and remove the cleaning solution. Press gently on the wet area to absorb as much liquid as possible, then use a clean, dry cloth to continue blotting until the area is dry. Within a few hours, your mattress will be as good as new!
Method 3: Enzymatic Cleaner
An enzymatic cleaner designed for furniture padding. These can usually be found in the cleaning supplies section of large supermarkets or pet stores. Be sure to choose a cleaner that is appropriate for the material of your furniture.
Step 1: Blot the Urine with a Cloth
Use a cloth to press down on the urine stain and absorb any excess liquid. Avoid rubbing the area, as this can cause the urine to seep deeper into the padding.
Step 2: Saturate the Urine Stain with the Enzymatic Cleaner
thoroughly saturate the urine stain with the enzymatic cleaner. Make sure the cleaner is absorbed by the fabric and covers the entire stained area, including the edges and any small droplets. Allow the cleaner to sit for 15 minutes. This gives the fabric and padding time to absorb the cleaner and break down the urine and uric acid.
Step 3: Absorb excess liquid with a rag
Using a clean cloth, press down on the wet area to remove as much of the enzymatic cleaner and urine as possible. Repeat this process until no more liquid can be absorbed. If the stained area is large, have multiple clothes on hand. Allow the padding to air dry completely. There's no need to rinse the area with water. As the enzymatic cleaner evaporates, so will the ammonia and carbon dioxide produced by the breakdown of uric acid. If you're concerned about pets or family members sitting in the wet area, cover it with aluminum foil.
It's always a good idea to test any cleaning product on a small area of the mattress before using it all over. This way, you can avoid any potential damage or fading to the fabric. If the stained area is way too large that you cannot handle it, we recommend contacting a professional cleaning company for assistance. Alternatively, you could consider replacing the mattress altogether with a new one from Novilla.
But what if you've just had an accident and need to clean up a urine stain? For fresh urine stains, a mixture of vinegar and baking soda does the trick. This solution effectively removes the stain and odors, leaving your mattress fresh and clean. If the urine has seeped into the mattress and has dried up, don't panic. You can create a cleaning solution by mixing dish soap, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide. This potent combination will penetrate deep into the mattress and eliminate the stain and odor.
For pet urine stains or mattresses with ultra-fine fiber covers, we recommend using a bio-enzyme cleaner and removing the stain as soon as possible, or your mattress would be the territory that your pet has marked. This type of cleaner not only prevents pets from returning to the mattress but also evaporates quickly without leaving any traces on the ultra-fine fiber cover.
We hope these tips help you save your mattress and restore it to its former glory. Remember, accidents happen, but with these simple solutions, cleaning up urine stains doesn't have to be a daunting task. Remember, a clean mattress equals a better night's sleep. So don't neglect this important aspect of your bedroom hygiene routine!