Having a clean mattress is a priority when you want to get better sleep. Unfortunately, if you sleep with your baby or pet, accidents such as a leaking diaper or your dog peeing on your bed can still happen.
On the bright side, urine can be easily cleaned with common household supplies. To give you an idea, we provided easy steps for you to follow to remove pee stains from your mattress.
What things do you need to remove pee stains from a mattress?
The good news is, you can use common household products to do that including the following:
- Laundry detergent
- White vinegar
- Cold water
- Plastic wrap
In some cases when the pee stain hasn’t been removed for a long period of time, you may need a stronger cleaning solution. For this, you should have hydrogen peroxide and baking soda as well.
Step 1: Make a Cleaning Solution
Generally, vinegar solution is considered to be one of the most effective cleaning solutions for different types of stains. You can do this by mixing 2 to 3 tablespoons of laundry detergent, 1 cup of white vinegar, and 2 cups of cold water.
When you spray or pour the solution, make sure the stained area is completely soaked so that it can reach the depth of the stain.
Step 2: Cover the Stained Area with Plastic Wrap
After applying the solution, you should avoid blotting or rubbing the excess liquid. Instead, cover the stained area with plastic wrap for the next 24 to 48 hours.
This process works because it prevents the solution from evaporating. By wrapping, it allows the solution to soak in deeply, which gradually eliminates the stain.
Step 3: Allow the Mattress to Dry
Mattresses require a lot of time to dry, especially if the stained area covers a large part of the mattress. So it’s best to remove the plastic wrap once you notice that the mattress has completely dried off.
It may seem tempting to speed up the drying process, but it’s best to simply let it air dry for the best outcome.
Step 4: Repeat the Process If Needed
If the stain is still visible after the first application of solution, you should repeat the process all over again. You don’t have to worry though, it’s normal for deep stains to be harder to remove compared to regular ones.
However, there’s another option if you think it requires a stronger solution. To fully remove the stained area, you can mix 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and 2 to 4 drops of dish soap instead.
Step 5: Spot Clean with Water and Blot with Towels
If there’s no sign of pee stains, inspect the dried area and make sure that there is no residue from the solution.
Then, carefully spot clean with water and blot the area with towels to ensure that it’s completely dry and ready to be slept on again.
How can you prevent future stains?
The most effective way to prevent stains of all sorts is for you to invest in a mattress protector or topper. This additional layer guarantees that your mattress will be protected due to waterproof technology.
Not only that, the upper layer can also prevent the accumulation of dirt, dust, allergens, oil, dander, and bed bugs on your mattress.
Additionally, it’s advisable to wash your bed sheets and pillowcase every week to avoid unpleasant odours. In this way, you can also retain the quality of your mattress by keeping everything that surrounds it clean.