How to clean urine out of a mattress
Pee stains are particularly unpleasant because they soak into mattresses and leave a lingering odor behind. The sooner you can start to clean a urine stain from a mattress, the easier it is to remove. Here’s the best way to clean urine out of a mattress:
Start by blotting up as much of the pee as possible. Use paper towels, microfiber cloths, or old bath towels. Apply pressure and press the towels into the mattress in order to get out as much urine as possible. Avoid scrubbing, as this will only spread the stain and push it deeper into the mattress.
If you don’t have an appropriate cleaning solution on hand, you can make a DIY urine cleaner for your mattress:
DIY mattress disinfectant spray
- 2 tablespoons laundry detergent
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 2 cups cold water
Mix the solution in a spray bottle, and then apply liberally to your mattress. This contradicts the usual advice to avoid getting mattresses too wet, but if your mattress has pee on it, it’s already soaked, so a little more moisture won’t make much difference.
After applying the cleaning solution, let it sit for 15-20 minutes to soak into the stain. The detergent will help clean the urine off the mattress, while vinegar will neutralize the odor.
After soaking the stain in the cleaning solution, cover the stained area with a thick layer of unscented kitty litter or baking soda. Allow it to sit overnight to absorb as much liquid and odor as possible. Check that the powder is dry before vacuuming clean — if the powder is very wet, use a brush and dustpan to sweep it up and then apply more litter/baking soda to dry out what remains.
If any odor remains after cleaning, repeat the process of applying cleaning solution and drying until the smell has gone.