Sometimes your little one and pets wet the bed and, in certain situations, you may need to remove urine from the mattress. Although it may sound difficult, you don't have to worry! All it takes to make your favorite mattress look like new again is a few simple household products. To remove a wet urine stain, absorb any excess urine, add baking soda, and use a vinegar mixture to neutralize the odor. For old, drying urine stains, make a hydrogen peroxide mixture to lift the stain.
Method 1 of 2: Remove Wet Stains
Step 1. Absorb any residual urine with a washcloth
Take a dry, unused cloth and dab it on the stain to absorb as much of the liquid as possible. Keep knitting the cloth until the mattress feels damp (not muddy). If there is still urine remaining, use an old, unused towel.
- Alternatively, you can use paper towels.
- Change the washcloth, towel, or paper towel once it gets wet.
Step 2. Sprinkle baking soda over the stain to absorb any excess urine
Take a spoonful of baking soda and sprinkle it over the stain. Don't worry if you use too much baking soda as it won't damage the mattress. Make sure the entire stain is covered with a layer of baking soda.
Step 3. Mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle in a 1:1 ratio:
. Pour the water and vinegar directly into the spray bottle. Use the largest bottle available as you may need a lot of mixture depending on the size of the stain.
Vinegar neutralizes odors and lifts stains
Step 4. Spray a mixture of water and vinegar on the stain and let it sit for 5 minutes
Try spraying enough mixture until the mattress is damp, but not so much that the mattress is completely wet (or muddy). You may need more vinegar mixture if it's not enough to cover the entire stain.
If you have any leftover mixture, you can store it in a spray bottle for later use
Step 5. Use an old washcloth to absorb any remaining moisture
Dab the cloth on the stain to remove as much of the vinegar mixture as possible. Don't worry if the baking soda comes off as you can add more. Try to absorb as much moisture as possible until the mattress feels almost dry.
Step 6. Sprinkle baking soda over the entire top surface of the mattress
Add more baking soda to the mattress and cover as much of the surface as possible. Baking soda helps remove other odors from the mattress.
Step 7. Dry the mattress for about 18 hours before you use the vacuum cleaner
Open all windows and doors, and turn on a fan in the room if possible. Check that the mattress is completely dry after 18 hours and after that, remove the baking soda from the mattress using a vacuum cleaner. Point the mouth of the appliance around the sides and crevices in various directions to ensure all the baking soda can be removed.
- The mattress cannot be used while it is drying and the baking soda is still working.
- The mattress may require a longer or faster drying time, depending on the temperature and humidity in the room.
Method 2 of 2: Removing Dried Stains
Step 1. Make a hydrogen peroxide solution to remove the stain
You can still remove old urine stains! Combine 240 ml of hydrogen peroxide at a concentration of 3% with 45 grams of baking soda and 2 drops of dish soap in a small bowl. Use a spoon to mix all the ingredients until smooth.
- It's a good idea to only use a hydrogen peroxide mixture on a white mattress because it can bleach colored fabrics. If you're concerned about discoloration or discoloration, simply use white vinegar to remove the stain.
- This solution is also effective in removing blood stains on the mattress.
- You need to use the solution as soon as possible because hydrogen peroxide decomposes quickly. If the mixture has passed 1-2 hours after it was made, discard it and make a new mixture.
Step 2. Apply the hydrogen peroxide solution to the stain
Dampen a white washcloth with the hydrogen peroxide mixture. Blot the cloth on the stain thoroughly to remove the stain and wait for the mattress to dry completely before using it again.
Use the mixture sparingly. Try not to get the mattress completely wet or muddy as the drying process may take longer
Step 3. Use dry foam to remove stubborn stains
Mix 50 grams of dry detergent powder with 15 ml of water in a small bowl. Use a spoon to apply the paste all over the stain on the mattress.
- You may need to make more dry foam paste if the stain is large enough.
- Do not use powdered detergents that contain oxygenated bleach as this can damage the mattress.
Step 4. Let the foam sit for 30 minutes, then scrape it off the surface of the mattress
After 30 minutes, the foam has succeeded in removing the stain. Use a spoon to carefully scrape the foam off the mattress. Be careful not to scrape too deep as you can damage the surface of the mattress.
Step 5. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any remaining baking soda or dry foam
Point the mouth of the appliance across the surface of the mattress in various directions to ensure that all the baking soda or any remaining foam is removed. You may need to remove the head/floor muzzle of the vacuum cleaner and simply use the hose nozzle to get into small crevices.