If you have young children, chances are you’ve had to deal with one of them wetting the bed. It’s not a fun experience for any party – embarrassing for them, and just kinda gross for you! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re wondering how to get pee out of a mattress, and/or how to get urine smell out of a mattress. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
First and foremost, you’ll want to act fast. Stains and smells from urine can set in very rapidly, and become harder to remove the longer you wait. As soon as you know that there’s a “situation”, get to work ASAP.
To remove urine from mattress materials, you’ll want to use a powerful biological cleaning solution. Distilled white vinegar is a good option, or you can use an enzyme based cleaning product from Amazon. For this guide, we’re going to be using white vinegar (vinegar is an excellent cleaning solution for a lot of messes, actually!)
1. Remove Sheets & Prep Bed
If the accident happened recently, use paper towels to quickly soak up as much urine as you can. Next, remove the sheets and throw them in the wash. If urine has soaked through the sheets already, attempt to soak up as much as possible with towels (but avoid rubbing it into the mattress).
2. Prepare Vinegar Solution
We recommend using pure distilled white vinegar, and diluting it 1:1 with warm water. Mix a generous amount together, and put it in an empty spray bottle. We definitely recommend using a spray bottle as it’ll help to avoid over-saturating your mattress with moisture – but if you don’t have one, you can carefully splash the vinegar solution over the affected areas.
3. Spray Affected Area with Vinegar Solution
Apply a liberal amount of vinegar to the stained/damp areas. Vinegar has a strong odor, but it helps to get pee smell out of a mattress, and helps sanitize things in the process. It’s a good idea to open a window and/or turn on a fan. Allow the vinegar to sit on the bed for 5-10 minutes.
4. Soak up Vinegar Using Paper Towels
Next, soap up as much of the vinegar solution as possible using paper towels. You can press the towels into the mattress at this point to help absorb more liquid.
5. Sprinkle Baking Soda on Mattress
Sprinkle quite a bit of baking soda on the mattress, focusing on the damp areas. Baking soda soaks up moisture and odor, and is the answer to how to get urine smell out of a mattress. It needs time to work, though, so you’ll want to let it sit on the mattress for 2-4 hours. It will start to cake up as it soaks up moisture.
6. Vacuum Mattress
Once you’ve given the baking soda ample time to soak up the moisture, it’s time to vacuum the mattress thoroughly. At this point, the mattress should look fresh and be fairly dry. If there is still moisture, apply more baking soda and repeat #5 and #6.
7. Air Out the Mattress
Before putting sheets back on, let the mattress air out for a few hours. This helps remove any remaining moisture and odor.
Prevent Future Stains: Get a Mattress Cover!
Whew, crisis averted! You’ve now successfully cleaned your mattress. Want to prevent future accidents? We recommend picking up a durable mattress cover. This is a protective, waterproof layer that goes underneath your sheets, to protect your mattress from stains and odors. For the kiddos, it’s a must-have.
So, now you know how to get pee out of a mattress. Let us know if you have any questions. If you’re seeking more general info on how to clean a mattress, see our mattress cleaning tips here.
How to Get Cat Pee Out of Clothes
Now that you know how to get cat pee out of carpet, it’s time to learn how to get cat pee out of clothes. It’s a little simpler to get the lingering smell of cat urine out of your clothes. All you need is:
- Laundry detergent
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
Take the clothes that were stained by the cat pee and put them in a container to soak. You should have one cup of vinegar to every three cups of water, along with a sprinkle of baking soda. Agitate the clothes inside the container to make sure they are appropriately covered and soaking in the liquid. Allow them to rest here for ten minutes before you add them to the washing machine for a cold wash setting with laundry detergent.
Allow them to air-dry instead of putting them through the dryer.
This should be sufficient to teach you how to get cat pee out of clothes, but you can repeat the process if necessary. The Pet Stain & Odor Miracle should also help eliminate the odor and stain.
How to Get Cat Pee Out of Mattress
Your cat might pee on your bed for a number of reasons, but that doesn’t mean you have to like it. Learning how to get cat pee out of mattresses is a similar process to getting it out of the carpet. You will need:
- Pet & Miracle enzyme-based cleaner
- Warm water
- Clean towels
First, you blot up or suction up any excess cat urine that you can. Pour half the glass of warm water over the spot and suction out whatever you can.
Spritz the area with the enzyme-based cleaner, allowing it to soak for roughly fifteen minutes before vacuuming it out again. You might need to repeat this process multiple times before it truly eliminates the smell.
Your mattress will feel wet when you finish getting out all of the cat urine, and it could take days to dry. Fold up towels and place them over the affected area before remaking the bed. Change them out each day until you wake up and they are no longer wet.
In the future, you might want to invest in an inexpensive plastic mattress cover to discourage this behavior. For less than $35 for a king-sized bed, you can prevent ever having to get cat pee out of the mattress again.
How to Clean a Mattress
Do you know what’s in your mattress?
You already know about dust mites and other critters in your mattress. Many mattresses also contain sweat, blood, and urine along with mold and mildew.
Cleaning your mattress is particularly important in humid environments where surface sweat and moisture are unlikely to evaporate after you get out of bed. Also, if you have pets or small children, chances are your mattress has some stains you don’t even know are there.
Naturally, you’re thinking “Now I’ll never be able to sleep!” Relax, you don’t have to take a siesta from snoozing. Just follow this guide, and you’ll know how to clean a mattress. Then the only thing that will keep you up at night are forgotten to-do’s that pop into your head the instant you turn off the light. (Or is that just me?)
How to Clean a Mattress
Before you start cleaning your mattress, strip the bed and launder your linens. Check the manufacturer’s labels and use the hottest settings allowed since heat will kill dust mites. While the washer and dryer are doing their thing, turn your attention to the mattress.
1. Vacuum it.
Your vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment is the best tool for mattress cleaning. Start at the top of the mattress and work your way down in overlapping, narrow paths. Vacuum the sides the same way. (Don’t worry about the other side of the mattress just yet; we’ll get there.)
2. Deodorize with baking soda.
Although we don’t notice our personal bodily smells, over time sweat can build up and lead to an unmistakable aroma. Sprinkle your mattress well with baking soda and gently rub it in with a scrub brush, so it gets into the fabric where the stink lives. Let the baking soda sit for 10 minutes before proceeding to the next step.
3. Repeat vacuuming.
By scrubbing the baking soda into your mattress, you’ve helped it bond with moisture and body oils in the top layers of material. Vacuuming it a second time pulls that moisture out, along with the cause of the odors.
4. Treat stains.
Mattresses typically acquire three types of stains: blood, urine, and what we’ll call “other bodily fluids.” While it’s best to treat stains immediately, sometimes sleep is more important. Fortunately, you can still clean stains on your mattress even after they’ve been there a while.
Dried blood stains
These need a paste of 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide (3%) mixed with 1 tbsp. each liquid dish soap and table salt. Lightly spread the paste onto the stain and allow it to dry before scraping the residue off. Dab at any remaining stain with a white rag* dipped into hydrogen peroxide, rotating the cloth as the stain lifts off.
*Using a white rag prevents dye transfer from the fabric to the mattress.
Pets and kids can leave a mattress awfully messy. Fortunately, urine stains are tough but not impossible to get out once they’re dry. This two-step method helped dramatically when my kids were little.
- Dissolve 3 tbsp. baking soda in 8 oz. of hydrogen peroxide. Add a drop or two of liquid dish soap. Dab this solution onto the spot. (Do NOT drench your mattress!)
- If the stain persists, wait until the area is dry then whisk together 3 tablespoons dry laundry detergent powder and 1 tablespoon water to make a dry foam. (Do NOT use anything containing oxygenated bleach.) Lightly spread the paste onto the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Scrape the dried paste away with a spoon. Use a white cloth dipped into hydrogen peroxide to remove any stubborn bits.
- Vacuum the area.
Other bodily fluids (vomit, etc.)
Open the windows before you start. Using a white rag, blot the stain with undiluted, unscented household ammonia. Do NOT drench your mattress! Wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth to lift the stain. Sprinkle the spot with baking soda to neutralize the ammonia odor and pull out any lingering moisture. Let this dry then vacuum the area thoroughly.
5. Flip it and repeat steps 1-4.
Innerspring or coil mattresses should be flipped side-to-side and top-to-bottom weekly for the first three months of ownership. After the initial three months, flip your mattress quarterly. This will help it wear evenly and last longer. While you’ve got the materials handy, repeat the cleaning process on the other side of your mattress.
If yours is a pillow-top mattress, you can’t flip it over but should still rotate it top to bottom seasonally.
6. Protect it.
Since cleaning a mattress is such a daunting task, I recommend using a washable mattress cover. I’m not talking about the crinkly, plastic kind you might remember from childhood. These days, mattress covers are made from fabric bonded to a waterproof layer that prevents liquids and dead skin from touching your mattress. (Here’s the one I use.)
Launder your mattress immediately after any spill or illness. Otherwise, wash it at least once a month to keep your bed fresh.
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How to Remove Pet Odor from Carpet
A common complaint about dogs is their ‘dog smell.’ It’s the natural odor dogs have. Not only does your pet smell like dog, but they leave everything they touch smelling like the dog as well.
This smell is produced like any other, combining their sweat with the oils their body produces to mark territory and identify themselves to other dogs.
These natural smells are one thing, but they can also be joined by others like ear infections and problems with the anal glands when they need to be drained. Other smell-producing problems are dental and skin infections.
If any of these health problems are contributing to your dog’s smell, addressing them will reduce those odors. For general dog smell, keeping your dog bathed and groomed will reduce odor as well. A change in diet can also contribute to a shift in odor as well, such as a diet richer in fatty acids for skin that is less dry.
One thing that should not be done is giving your dog a bath more than once a month, and not using carpet shampoos with fragrances that could irritate your dog. Showers with water only are okay when needed. Brushing the fur often to keep it clean can also help with the smell.
Besides borax, vinegar, and baking soda, it is important to use safe cleaning products when cleaning spots your pets have access to. You can also use hydrogen peroxide and dish soap mixed to get stains out of carpet or upholstery without leaving a residue.
However, the best product to use when cleaning up pet urine is an enzyme cleaner. When cat urine dries, the chemicals in it are breaking down produce the ammonia-like smell. Enzyme cleaners break the chemicals down into gasses, which evaporate.
To get cat urine out of your carpet with an enzyme cleaner, after blotting up all the excess liquid, apply the enzyme cleaner liberally. Let it sit for at least twenty minutes, covering the spot, so the cat will not try to mark the area again. Aluminum foil works to protect the area from being disturbed.
After letting it sit, soak up the excess cleaner and allow to air dry.
If the urine stain is old, repeat this process a few times until the area is clean.
This process can be used on furniture and mattresses as well.
Causes of inappropriate urination in cats:
Stress is a major cause of inappropriate urination in cats. Factors causing stress in cats can include:
- Moving house
- Introduction of a new family member (baby, pet, partner, flatmate)
- A local cat roaming your garden etc.
- Loss of a family member or pet
- Change in household routine
Helping your cat overcome these stresses may well result in the inappropriate urination stopping, however, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes the behaviour can become so ingrained in the cat that even once the stress has been removed, the behaviour continues.
Removing the cause of the stress is naturally something you will need to tackle. So have a good think about what may be causing the stress. Has the behaviour come on suddenly? If you can find a cause for the stress, you have a much better chance of taking steps to help your cat overcome this stress and hopefully stop the behaviour. Feliway is a synthetic facial pheromone, facial pheromones induce feelings of comfort and safety in cats and bring down stress levels. Therefore Feliway can be used to mimic this pheromone. If this is the case it is a good idea to seek advice from your veterinarian as to how to re-train your cat.
Some cat owners have had great success using Rescue Remedy on their cats, although this isn’t advisable until you have spoken to your vet.
The rule of thumb is one litter tray per cat, plus one spare and if you live in a multi-level home, there should be a litter tray on every level. Cats are fastidiously clean animals and if there aren’t enough trays in the house or the trays aren’t cleaned often enough, they will find another spot to go to the toilet.
I like to scoop out solids from litter trays twice a day and completely replace the cat litter once a week.
Keep trays in proximity to food and water bowls, but not next to them, cats don’t like to go to the toilet near where they eat, would you? Don’t stick the litter tray in the dark basement when your cat spends most of his time on upper levels. Cats by nature like privacy when they are going to the toilet, so high traffic areas should be avoided. They like to have an escape route, in case of ambush (from another pet or child).
Size is another important factor, obviously, a fully-grown adult is going to need a larger litter tray than a 10-week old kitten. I like to start out small for kittens, and once they’re around six months of age, introduce a full-sized litter tray. For some larger cats, you may opt for an extra large plastic container instead. See here for more information on choosing a litter tray. An older, arthritic cat may struggle with a litter tray which has high sides.
The first thing you should do is take your cat to the vet to rule out any medical reasons for this inappropriate urinating on your bed. Some causes of cats urinating outside of the litter tray include urinary tract infections, bladder stones, kidney stones, declawing pain and discomfort from arthritis. Your veterinarian may also recommend anti-anxiety medications in the case of stress-related toileting. There are several drugs available and your veterinarian will be able to prescribe the best one for your cat.
How to remove cat urine from a bed:
- If the urine has dried and you are having problems locating the soiled area use a blacklight. Cat urine will glow green, making it easy to find the problem area. You should be able to purchase a blacklight from your hardware store or eBay.
- If the urine is still wet, blot up as much as you can with paper towels. There are many commercially available products on the market designed to remove and neutralise cat urine odour. Some of these products come in powder form, so can be easily vacuumed off, others are liquid (often as a spray), so once you have applied it, it can be dried with the aid of a hairdryer. The recipes below are very effective in neutralising and removing cat urine odour.
- Apply baking soda to the wet urine stain. This will draw out the urine. When the baking soda turns yellow from the urine, remove and apply some more. Repeat until the baking soda stays white. If possible, leave on the mattress overnight. The following day, vacuum it off.
- Empty spray bottle.
- 1 part white vinegar.
- 2 parts warm water.
- Add to bottle, shake well.
- Mist the vinegar spray over areas of cat urine and rub with a paper towel. An alternative method is to mix the solution in a bucket and dip a clean cloth into the liquid. Rub the stain with the vinegar solution. After the vinegar dries, wipe away both solution and stain with warm water.
- Use a hairdryer to remove any residual moisture.
Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda
- Empty spray bottle.
- 2 tablespoons bi-carb soda (baking soda).
- 15 oz hydrogen peroxide.
- 2 squirts hand soap.
- Mix 15 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, two tablespoons of baking soda, and two squirts of liquid hand soap in a plastic container with a plastic spoon. Apply this solution to cat urine stains or odour areas, and then rinse away with warm water.
- Use a hairdryer to remove any residual moisture.
These are for general mattress care:
- Use a cover to protect it and wash at least once a month.
- Remove stains by lightly dabbing with liquid dish detergent that has been well diluted in water. For toughies like blood spots, try blotting with hydrogen peroxide.
- When stripping the beds down for laundry, freshen things up by sprinkling a thin layer of baking soda directly on top of it. Leave sit for a few hours then vacuum the powder up.
- Air it out by letting the sun in, open up the curtains and windows when the bed is stripped down.
- Turn it over every few months to help prevent permanent wear spots (flip top to bottom and side to side).