It could be an unsettled night for your child or an accident of your own but either way someone has to clean it up. As cleaners we often get asked just how to get urine out of a mattress. It really can be a bit of a nightmare (no pun intended). We do have a guide on how to steam clean your mattress but don’t jump to far ahead here as treating urine on your mattress is a little bit different.
How to get urine out of a mattress Step 1
Now that we have established you don’t want to go all ghostbusters on your mattress with your steam cleaner what should you be doing to get urine out of your mattress?
Speed of a different kind is of the essence here. Much like a pet sprinkle on a carpet if possible get in there fast with something super absorbent. A towel, cloth or other even a high quality paper towel.
Once that initial phase is complete if you were lucky enough to do it right away then you have already won most of the battle.
You will see this tip a lot in many of our guides but the next thing to do is grab your trusty baking soda and sprinkle it onto the area to try to absorb even more of the urine while you prepare the next step.
How to get urine out of a mattress Step 2
You will hear a lot of fancy terms for things like enzyme based cleaning detergent or other variations of this. All this really means is that you should use regular domestic laundry detergent (biological is best rather than non bio).
After cleaning the area with the water/detergent solution again try to absorb as much of the moisture as possible just like you did at the beginning.
This should leave you with hopefully a fresher smelling mattress and lead to the drying phase.
A little note here. In severe cases were it is a little after the event or the odour is particularly bad white vinegar together with the baking soda can be helpful in neutralizing the smell.
Time to Dry
Depending on how big of a spill it was will of course impact the drying time. If possible place the mattress outside in the sunlight for the most effective and quickest drying. Sprinkle on some more of the old reliable baking soda to draw out any remaining odour.
Once the mattress is completely dry clean off the baking soda and give it a vacuum. It should now be good as new and ready for a great nights sleep.