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My 7 top tips on how to Clean Urine Stains from your Mattress

As the Mother of two children, I know what it is like to be placed in the position where I have to clean wee from a Mattress.

You will find that each child is different when it comes to bladder control. In our instance, our son Daniel still has occasional mishaps at age 9, whereas Sophie has had great bladder control, even as a baby and has not wet the bed since age 2. With kids in the house, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll end up having to deal with a bed-wetting incident at some point. Dealing with it overnight is hardly fun, however, removing urine from a mattress is pretty simple if you treat it immediately.

Urine stains and smell can set in quickly, so if you discover the mishap overnight, don’t leave it until the morning. It is easier to understand if you consider what makes up urine. All urine is made up of crystals of uric acid so it is best to use an enzyme-based cleaning solution. While there is not a lot of cleaning product for human urine, there is a number to choose from where pets are involved. These are perfectly suitable for use on human accidents too.

Top Tip –  test any cleaning product in a small area first before beginning to clean your mattress.

How to Clean Urine Stains from your Mattress

  1. Use absorbent paper towels to blot up any excess urine, then remove the sheets and the mattress protector ( if you have one ) strip the bed. I need you to be careful not to rub the stain as this will only enable to urine to penetrate the mattress further.
  2. Sprinkle Bicarbonate of soda onto the affected area to absorb the remaining moisture.
    Bicarbonate of soda is a pure leavening agent. It needs to be mixed with moisture and an acidic ingredient for the necessary chemical reaction to take place to. Because it needs an acid to create the rising quality, it is often used in recipes where there is already an acidic ingredient present, such as lemon juice, chocolate or honey.
  3. Make a solution of biological washing powder and water or white vinegar and water and grab your chosen empty spray bottle. NOTE: Odour-eating sprays like Febreeze can help a bit, but because they just mask the smell, they don’t have a permanent impact. Worse, they don’t do a thing to remove urine stains.
  4. Spray your chosen solution onto the stain and leave to sit for 3-5 minutes. You should use enough of the stain remover to counterbalance the amount of urine that has soaked into the mattress before leaving to air-dry.
  5. Repeat step one, blotting up any moisture with a towel or dry cloth. This is to get rid of any residual urine and prevent mould. I tend to put the ceiling fan on high for the day to try to get the mattress as dry as possible.
  6. Bring back the baking soda and sprinkle over the entire mattress. Now, this may all take time so I think its best to make other sleeping arrangments for that evening.
  7. Vacuum up the baking soda.

Whew….. all clean

Now that you know how to clean urine from a mattress, you can be prepared for future incidents. If you have a child that is bedwetting I am a strong believer in double making the bed. You will need :

  • 2 Mattress protectors
  • 2 bottom sheets
  • 2 top sheets

Basically, you now need to make the bed twice. This means that when there is an overnight accident, you can simply remove the entire top layer and pop your child back in bed in their new pair of pyjamas.

Now that the mattress is clean again, you can snuggle into your fresh clean sheets and bedding. Sweet dreams little one.


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