One of the basic truths in life is that bed wetting happens, whether it’s a child, pet or even a grown up. And while it’s not the most comfortable topic to address, there’s no need to make a big deal of it. Instead, the accident needs to be dealt with swiftly and sensitively so we can all get on with our day.
Since it can be an embarrassing situation, often people will want to just get rid of the evidence and throw away a urine stained mattress. But there’s no need for that, there are effective ways to clean up urine stains and get a mattress back to its original state. To help, we’ve listed a series of steps to remove urine stains.
Urine is composed of uric acid which can be combatted with an enzyme-based cleaning solution. There are a range of products available on the market for human and pet urine, and either work fine on a mattress. If you choose to purchase one of these cleaning products, be sure to follow the instructions carefully and test the product on a small area to ensure that there are no surprising reactions.
Before you use any product, though, it’s important to soak up as much liquid as you can. You can do this by taking dry cloth or paper towels to blot up the liquid. It’s important to dab rather than rub as rubbing will just press the urine deeper into the mattress instead of absorbing it out. To draw out as much liquid as possible, sprinkle baking soda on top of the affected area and let it absorb.
Next, take your store bought cleaning product, or make your own solution of one part white vinegar and one part warm water and put it into a spray bottle, and generously spray the urine stain. Make sure to open the windows and wear gloves and a mask if you are sensitive to the smell of the solution. Once applied, allow the cleaning agent to air dry.
Once the cleaning liquid has dried to the touch, take fresh cloth or paper towels and again blot the area, taking your time and placing pressure on the area so that any excess liquid will be absorbed. This will remove any further liquid that could potentially cause bacteria and mould. Take your time and make sure that the mattress is as dry as possible.
Now sprinkle baking soda over the entire mattress and let it sit overnight, for at least 16-18 hours. In addition to absorbing the moisture, baking soda neutralizes the acidic quality from the urine so that the odour and bacteria won’t be able to grow.
After the mattress has had a a chance to thoroughly dry out, prop it up on its side so that air can flow through it. If you have space outside to lean it on an angle, this will allow the last of the odour to dissipate.
If you follow these steps, your mattress will be basically back to the state it was in before the accident. But if you want to ensure that you don’t have to take the steps to clean a mattress from a urine stain again, there are preventative measures you can take. There are product lines of discreet mattress protectors that are quiet and sleek that you can put on top of your mattress and under your sheets that will seal off the mattress from any liquid. You can also get protectors for pillows and duvets if more accidents seem likely in the future.
Prevention is best and will help ensure the quality of your mattress, but as they say, accidents happen. Dealing with them in a timely and sensitive way means that you can quickly move on and get back to getting a good night’s sleep.