How to Get Pee Stains Out of a Mattress - Inn Mattress

Urine stains and odors in mattresses can be annoying and embarrassing. However, with the right techniques and products, it is possible to fully remove pee from mattresses, restore cleanliness, and eliminate odors. This comprehensive guide will provide detailed instructions for removing both fresh and old urine stains from mattresses.

Act Quickly for Fresh Stains

When urine is fresh, it is important to act as fast as possible before the urine dries and sets into the mattress. Follow these steps:

  1. Blot excess urine immediately – As soon as you notice the fresh stain, use a dry towel to gently blot and lift as much excess urine as possible from the mattress. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing as this can further push the urine into the mattress.
  2. Create a vinegar cleaning solution – In a spray bottle, mix equal parts white distilled vinegar and cool water. Spray liberally over the stain, focusing on the edges of the stain to prevent spreading. Let sit for 15-20 minutes. The acetic acid in vinegar will help neutralize odors and break down the uric acid in urine .
  3. Use baking soda to absorb moisture and odors – Liberally sprinkle baking soda over the vinegar-treated area. The baking soda will help soak up any remaining moisture and neutralize stubborn odors .
  4. Blot and vacuum – After several hours, or overnight if possible, use towels to blot up the baking soda. Then vacuum up the baking soda residue.
  5. Allow mattress to fully air dry – It is important to allow the mattress to completely air dry to prevent mold or mildew growth. Place a fan nearby to speed up drying.
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Tackling Set-In Stains

For dried or stubborn urine stains:

  1. Create a hydrogen peroxide cleaning solution – Mix together 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 1 part baking soda, and a small amount of mild dish soap . The oxygenating properties of peroxide help lift stains.
  2. Spray solution and let sit 1 hour – Thoroughly spray the solution over the stain. Allow to sit for about an hour to lift the stain.
  3. Rinse with cool water – Use a damp cloth to gently rinse the area and lift the cleaning solution.
  4. Allow to fully dry – Thoroughly dry the area with towels and allow the mattress to completely air dry.

Eliminating Lingering Odors

If odors still persist after cleaning, try these extra steps:

  1. Apply an enzymatic cleaner – Use an enzymatic pet odor remover, following package directions, to break down the uric acid in urine and remove odors .
  2. Sprinkle more baking soda – Liberally sprinkle baking soda over the entire mattress surface and allow to sit overnight, then vacuum. The baking soda will continue absorbing odors .
  3. Air out the mattress – If weather permits, take the mattress outside into fresh air and sunlight to air out. The sunlight acts as a natural disinfectant.

Preventing Future Stains

To help prevent future urine stains:

  • Encourage pets and children to eliminate in proper places
  • Use a plastic mattress protector to shield your mattress
  • Clean accidents immediately upon notice
  • Routinely clean and sanitize mattresses

The Earlier the Better

The most important tip for cleaning urine from mattresses is to take action as soon as possible. The longer the urine sits, the more it will soak into mattress fibers and foam and become harder to extract. With quick response times and the right cleaning solutions, even stubborn dried urine stains can be permanently removed from mattresses.

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