Whether it’s from your child or pet, the utter dread of knowing there is urine on something that is meat for rest and relaxation feels like defeat…especially since you can’t just throw the bed into the washing machine. However, hope is not lost. The best way to remove urine and its odor are using some simple household materials that you might already have. All you will need is baking soda, vinegar, paper towels, water, spray bottle and vacuum.
In an ideal situation, you catch the incident fresh, at least soon enough to be able to dab the excess off the mattress. The emphasis is on dab. Scrubbing will push the urine deeper into the bed making it more difficult to clean. Once you have dabbed as much of the loose liquid up as possible and thrown all of the linens in the washer, mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution over the spot and cover it with ample baking soda. The baking soda and vinegar will react to neutralize odors. Additionally, baking soda is a great drying agent to relieve the moisture that is trapped in the mattress. The longer you leave it sit the better with a recommended time of 6-8 hours. After that, simply vacuum away the excess. These steps can be repeated 2-3 times until the odor is neutralized.
If you find the urine when it’s old and already stained the mattress, similar steps can be taken. Mix equal parts vinegar and water with a small amount of laundry detergent in a spray bottle and thoroughly spray the area. Make sure the spot is soaked to the level of where you think the urine is. Then cover the area with plastic wrap to make sure your solution does not evaporate. This will allow it to work on the stain longer. Leave it for 24-48 hours or at least overnight. Then remove the plastic wrap and allow the mattress to air dry. Repeat this process 2-3 times if needed.
Pet urine is a little different since they tend to be stinkier, especially cat urine. The best approach is to add an enzyme cleaner along with using vinegar and baking soda. Enzyme cleaners contain chemicals that will eat away proteins in pet urine that make them smell so intensely. You can use this after you have cleaned the urine away with the method discussed above.
One last pro-tip is you can add fragrance to help freshen up the bed by adding a few drops of essential oils into your solution. This can be especially helpful if you dislike the smell of vinegar.
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