Here's How to Clean Urine
From a Mattress

Bedwetting accidents happen. Here are ways you can clean urine from a mattress, plus extra tips on how to avoid accidents!

Here's How to Clean Urine
From a Mattress

Bedwetting accidents happen. Here are ways you can clean urine from a mattress, plus extra tips on how to avoid accidents!

Cleaning urine out of a mattress may seem like an impossible and quite frankly pretty draining task. But we’re here to tell you that there are some simple steps to follow that can help return a mattress to its former glory.

Using common household items, you can easily clean up a bedwetting accident. Having a plan in place whenever you may need to clean urine from a mattress can go a long way to helping you to feel prepared for any accidents, day or night.

How to clean urine from a mattress

Both a child or an adult can experience incontinence symptoms and bedwetting which may result in urine on a mattress. There are some simple steps to follow to ensure that a mattress can be returned to its original cleanliness.

How to clean urine from a mattress shouldn’t be rocket science, just follow these easy steps!

Grab these items to have on the ready:

  • Hydrogen peroxide (can be found at most pharmacies and supermarkets)

  • Dish detergent

  • Baking soda

  • Spray bottle

  • Old cleaning cloths or paper towel

  • A vacuum

  • Essential oil (optional)

It’s important to note that whether the urine is dry or wet will determine slightly different steps

If the urine is wet:

  1. Take all the bedding off the bed, anything that can come off the bed should. Speed is helpful here, put all the items in the washing machine quickly and they will come good with no hassle.

  1. Take some kitchen roll or cloth and softly blot (do not scrub - this will push the urine further into the mattress) the wet patches to soak up as much liquid as you can.

  1. Depending on how much surface area has been affected, create enough solution to be able to spray to cover all patches. To make the solution use equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water, adding just a few squirts of dish detergent, pour and mix all in the spray bottle.  

  1. Spray all patches of urine with the solution and repeat the blotting approach to remove surplus moisture.

  1. Sprinkle the areas with a layer of baking soda, don’t be afraid to cover well. Let this layer of baking soda sit for a time. Try to let it absorb for at least 8 hours. If this isn’t possible, just leave for as long as time will allow.

  2. Remove the layer of baking soda with the vacuum and assess if there are any remaining stains or odours. If odours or discolouration are still present, the six steps can be repeated.

If the urine is dry:

  1. Grab your spray bottle and mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and dish detergent to about 240ml, into this solution spoon in 3 tablespoons of baking soda. If you have half the amount filled, halve the baking soda amount.

  2. Spray a liberal amount of solution onto the areas of dried urine.

  3. Give the spray some time to seep into the mattress and allow it to dry. After a couple hours you may be able to see a baking soda layer.

  4. Vacuum up the baking soda residue and assess the areas underneath. If there is still a stain, repeat the process.

It is helpful to note that when drying a mattress out after bedwetting and cleaning, opening up windows during the summer or turning on the heating in winter can go a long way in speeding up the drying process.

Adding a few drops of your choice of essential oil to a spray bottle of water can make an inexpensive way to help remove smells. Spray lightly over the whole mattress, particularly in worse affected spots, and let dry.

Ways to protect a mattress from accidents

First and foremost, if your child, teen or adult you care for is experience bedwetting, it’s important to ensure you find a wearable continence aid to help them manage overnight accidents.

Depending on their level of needs, our Magics youth pants, Dailee pull-ups or Dailee all-in-one slips will be provide the ultimate in absorbency and comfort for overnights. Their patented magical tube technology efficiently absorbs and disperses liquid to maintain comfort, and their built in leg guards further prevent any leaks.

Our Dailee range of disposable bed protectors and underpads have absorbency levels ranging from 983mL up to 1900mL. They’re made from soft, breathable and latex-free materials and have a waterproof back sheet. Be sure to dispose of these after each use.

How often should you replace a mattress?

The Sleep Foundation recommends that a mattress should be replaced every 6-8 years, or earlier if there are noticeable signs of damage.

If you’re experiencing a number of leaks on your mattress that you’re struggling to remove completely, it may be time to consider a replacement.

Then you can uphold the new mattress’ quality by immediately opting for waterproof bed protectors to prevent urine getting onto the mattress!

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